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World-renowned Russian orchestra to perform at CCU

February 21, 2008

The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, one of Russia's leading musical ensembles, will perform at Coastal Carolina University on Saturday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium. General admission is $30 for the first floor and balcony section I, $25 for the first floor and balcony section II, and students 18 years old and under receive a $5 discount.

The concert, one of the highlights of CCU's 2007-2008 cultural season, will include a sonata by Gioacchino Rossini, the Symphony for Strings by Dmitri Shostakovich and the Serenade for Springs by Antonin Dvorák.

The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was founded by Misha Rachlevsky in 1991 and has earned international recognition. Featuring 17 of Russia's finest young string players, the orchestra was created for an extensive recording project in Moscow. The enthusiasm that greeted the orchestra's initial performances in the recording studio and on concert stages led to the establishment of a full-time ensemble under the auspices of the Moscow City Government. The orchestra has recorded more than 20 award-winning CDs.

A native of Moscow, Rachlevsky began his music studies at age five. After leaving the Soviet Union in 1973, he performed in countries on three continents, finally setting in the United States in 1976. He has founded chamber orchestras in the United States and in Grenada, Spain. Rachlevsky created the New American Chamber Orchestra in 1984, and with it completed nine European tours in four years.

As director of the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, he has led the ensemble in a variety of unique musical events, including a worldwide composer competition in honor of Mozart's 250th anniversary and a series of "Christmas in the Kremlin" concerts in Moscow, now in its 13th year.

For more information and tickets contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502.