On Wednesday, December 5, violinist Maxim Vengerov performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra at the Queen’s Medal for Music Gala Concert in the presence of the LSO’s patron, Her Majesty the Queen. The evening will feature the world premiere of Peter Maxwell Davies’ Fanfare: Her Majesty’s Welcome. The Gala event will also include a performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations, conducted by Robin Ticciati, Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Music Director designate of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Maxim Vengerov guest soloist of Queen’s Medal for Music Gala Concert with London Symphony Orchestra
PBS to broadcast 2012 Richard Tucker Gala featuring Olga Borodina and Ildar Abdrazakov December 13
Mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina’s and baritone Ildar Abdrazakov’s performances at the 2012 Richard Tucker Music Foundation Gala will be televised nationally in the United States beginning Thursday, December 13 as part of PBS’s “Live from Lincoln Center” series. Olga offers her signature rendition of “Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix” from Samson et Dalila and shares the stage with Siberian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in “Zachem ty?” from Rimksy-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride. Ildar sings the comical “La calunnia è un venticello” from Il barbiere di siviglia by Gioacchino Rossini and joins fellow baritone Quinn Kelsey in “Uldino, a me dinanzi… Tardo per gli anni… Vanitosi!” from Verdi’s Atilla. The gala features some of the most renowned voices in opera today, including Jamie Barton, Stephen Costello, Tara Erraught, Giuseppe Filianoti, Gerald Finley, Marcello Giordani, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Erwin Schrott, and the 2012 Richard Tucker Award winner, Ailyn Pérez.
Olga Borodina stars as Amneris in the Metropolitan Opera’s Aida
Olga Borodina is currently starring at the Metropolitan Opera in Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Aida as the Egyptian princess Amneris, one of the Russian mezzo-soprano’s signature roles. “The combined fervor of Olga Borodina as Amneris and Fabio Luisi at the helm of a fired-up orchestra made for an electrically charged and energetic performance,” writes the New York Times. Olga’s appearances in the Met’s revival of Sonja Frisell’s lush production continue through December 15.
Maxim Vengerov guests with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra December 16
Violinist Maxim Vengerov joins the Chamber Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra for a concert on December 16th at the Munich Residenz. The evening features works by Mozart, Bruckner, Mahler, and Ravel; Maxim will also be joined by violinist Anton Barachovsky for a performance of Bach’s Double Concerto in D Minor. Maestro Radoslaw Szulc conducts.
European appearances take Maxim Vengerov to Hamburg, Madrid, and Belgrade
Maxim Vengerov returns to Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle on November 1 to perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto in D Major with the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio. The Russian violinist then continues his European appearances in Madrid with the International Menuhin Music Academy. His concert in Spain boasts an expansive musical program that includes Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D minor, Bach’s Double Concerto and tour-de-force Partita No. 2, and Tchaikovsky’s Three Pieces for Violin and Piano. In Belgrade, the Russian violinist joins pianist Itamar Golan for a recital of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms at Kolarac University.