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National Philharmonic of Russia to perform on Harriman-Jewell Series
Contact: Tim Ackerman816-415-5025
February 20, 2007

led by Vladimir Spivakov; Olga Kern, piano soloist

PRESENTED BY: Harriman-Jewell Series

WHEN: 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, 2007

WHERE: MUSIC HALL; downtown Kansas City, Mo. (13th and Central Sts.)

TICKETS:$55, $40 or $25; call 816-415-5025 or 888-528-5521 for tickets or information. Tickets and event information are also available at www.harriman-jewell.org.

PROGRAM: Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture, Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, and Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini

The National Philharmonic of Russia, led by electrifying conductor Vladimir Spivakov and joined by Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern, plays at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Music Hall (13th and Central Sts.) in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The matinee concert, presented by the Harriman-Jewell Series, marks the orchestra's Kansas City debut. Kern, who plays with the orchestra for Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, will lead a free piano master class on Saturday, March 10, on the William Jewell College campus.

Composed of Russia’s leading symphonic virtuosos and led by famed conductor and violinist Vladimir Spivakov, the National Philharmonic of Russia is one of the new musical symbols of Russia. As its name suggest, the National Philharmonic of Russia (NPR) is not only a major musical institution, but also a cultural ambassador for post-reconstruction Russia.

Created with generous support from Russia’s Cultural Ministry, the NPR was founded in January 2003, as commissioned by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. The orchestra symbolizes the deep commitment the country maintains to its rich cultural traditions, as well as the bold steps it is taking towards an innovative and dynamic future.

Vladimir Spivakov is a remarkable musician with a multi-faceted career. He is a prominent violinist who has appeared both as a recitalist and orchestral soloist in major music capitals throughout the world; a respected guest conductor with such renowned orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra; and the founder, conductor and violin soloist of the Moscow Virtuosi, which has developed into one of the world’s leading chamber ensembles. The Harriman-Jewell Series presented the Moscow Virtuosi in 1991 and 2004.

Olga Kern was born into a family of musicians with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff and began studying piano at the age of five. Winner of the first Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition when she was 17, she is a laureate of 11 international competitions and has toured throughout her native Russia, Europe, and the United States, as well as in Japan, South Africa and South Korea. The recipient of an honorary scholarship from the President of Russia in 1996, she is a member of Russia’s International Academy of Arts.

Kern’s career began in 2001 when she was awarded the Gold Medal at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition—the first woman to have achieved this distinction in more than 30 years. Since then, Kern has toured the U.S. captivating fans and critics with her passionately confident musicianship and vivid stage presence.

Tickets to the National Philharmonic of Russia concert are $55, $40 or $25; please call the Harriman-Jewell Series at 816-415-5025 (or toll free at 888-528-5521). Tickets and event information are also available at www.harriman-jewell.org. John and Jackie Middelkamp and the Nygaard Family sponsor this downtown Kansas City recital.

Now in its 42nd season, the nationally recognized Harriman-Jewell Series brings acclaimed performers from the worlds of music, dance, and theatre to Kansas City’s downtown venues. In addition to the performances, education events offer free master classes and lectures that allow area community members and students to view artists in an informal setting. Peterson’s Smart Parents Guide to College cites the Series as a prime example of how small colleges “can become centers of culture for an entire region.”


Olga Kern, pianist
Piano Master Class
Saturday, March 10, 2007 (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Location: Forbis Recital Hall, WJC campus
Kern will work with pre-selected piano students. The public is welcome to observe the class at no cost.

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