Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, One of Russia's Leading Ensembles, Returns to Harris Center, 3/10

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia's leading ensembles. After a successful appearance in our 2011-2012 season, Harris Center for the Arts is especially pleased to welcome their return.

Whether it is the highly-acclaimed CDs or its mesmerizing concerts, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played. The Glasgow Herald (Scotland) reports that Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was "Absolutely together throughout; the ensemble playing was stunning," and the San Francisco Classical Voice said "Uncanny musicality, precision, and verve...the sheer amount and velvety warmth of sound was thrilling."

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will perform on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7 pm Tickets are priced at $19-$29; Premium $39; Students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 10 am to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

Selections for this evening's performance are taken from W.A. Mozart's "Divertimento in D major, K. 136," Arnold Schoenberg's "Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4" and Franz Schubert's "Death and the Maiden, D. 810," (String quartet in D minor, arranged by M. Rachlevsky).

Founded in 1991, the orchestra, comprising some of Russia's finest young string players, has carved a niche for itself under the creative baton of its founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky. Even though average age of the musicians is under 30, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has already celebrated its 20th anniversary! There are no age restrictions of any kind, but when there is an opening, more often than not, it is won by a young musician.

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin auditions attract dozens of highly qualified applicants, as it is one of the most desired places to work for the Russian string player. The selection process differs from most other formations: the auditions are not held at any particular date but continue for an indefinite period of time, until the right person is found.

The one constant of Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's music-making is Misha Rachlevsky. As an internationally known conductor who specializes in chamber music and the repertoire for chamber orchestra Rachlevsky began his musical education at the early age of five with violin lessons. Upon graduation from basic education schools, he entered the college of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. In 1973, Rachlevsky left the Soviet Union to reside and work on three continents. In 1976, he finally settled in the United States. In 1984, he founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (N.A.C.O.), which immediately became successful and toured Europe nine times in a four-year period. Rachlevsky was engaged to bring N.A.C.O. to Granada, Spain, for a two-year residency in 1989, during which time he organized and conducted a new chamber orchestra for the city.

Following this project, the Swiss record label Claves invited Rachlevsky to record works by Russian composers. When Claves concurred with his suggestion to realize the project with Russian musicians, Rachlevsky called auditions, and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was created. The success of these recordings and the initial concerts and tours, led to turning this formation into a permanent, full time ensemble.


Originally named Three Stages at Folsom Lake College in 2011, the facility has been renamed to honor Brice Harris, Chancellor Emeritus of the Los Rios Community College District, for his many contributions to the capital region, including the vision and leadership he provided in opening this regional arts center. Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College presents touring artists from around the world; partners with the best regional arts organizations, and supports productions by FLC students and faculty.

The Harris Center is a $50 million facility built with a combination of state, regional, local and private funds. Harris Center has three intimate theaters, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a state-of-the-art performing arts venue.

Price: $19-$29; Premium $39. Students with ID $12

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