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L: Joshua Roman stands with his cello. R: Pavel Kogan directs with eyes shut.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra


The Moscow State Symphony, established by the Kremlin during World War II and now one of the five oldest concert orchestras in Russia, performs marvelous interpretations of the classic Russian composers. But since Pavel Kogan became music director and chief conductor in 1989, the orchestra has broadened its repertoire to include an array of European and American works. Kogan, who won first prize at the Sibelius Violin Competition when he was 18, has appeared as a musician and a conductor on five continents. A San Francisco Chronicle critic describes Joshua Roman as “a cellist of extraordinary technical and musical gifts.” The Oklahoma City native, renowned for communicating the essence of music at its most organic level, is also a composer, curator, and programmer recognized particularly for his efforts as artistic director of Seattle Town Hall’s Town Music series. Committed to engaging and expanding audiences for classical music, Roman joined a select group of next-generation innovators when he was named a 2011 TED Fellow.

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Cello Master Class with Joshua Roman

1 p.m. Tuesday, November 11
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

The public is invited to observe a master class featuring cellist Joshua Roman. Kim Cook—Penn State School of Music professor, former University Laureate, and cellist—hosts the 90-minute session.

Music by Saint-Saëns, Gounod, and Brahms
Pavel Kogan, conductor
Joshua Roman, cellist

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Eisenhower Auditorium

Roman performs with the Moscow State Symphony as soloist for Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 33. The orchestra’s program also includes music from Gounod’s ballet Faust and Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98.

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Adult $57  |  University Park Student $22  |  18 and Younger $47

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Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

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