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January 11, 2012
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Roman Leontiev, conductor

Alexandre Pirojenko, piano

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at 8 p.m.


MANASSAS, Va., Jan. 5, 2012 – Since its founding shortly after World War II, this grand orchestra has developed a diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque through 20th century music, and its moving performances often include compositions by such celebrated composers as Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Stravinsky and Poulenc, as well as the renowned Russian composers: Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Under the baton of Music Director and Chief Conductor Roman Leontiev, The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra brings an outstanding evening of music to the Hylton Performing Arts Center’s Merchant Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at 8 p.m. on its inaugural transcontinental tour of the United States. A pre-performance discussion will be held one hour prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. Novant Health is the 2011-12 Season Sponsor of Hylton Presents at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.

This spectacular program includes Wagner’s Overture from the opera “Der fliegende Holländer” (The Flying Dutchman) and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major, Op. 100. Prize-winning pianist Alexandre Pirojenko is also joined by the orchestra for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21.

Founded more than 60 years ago, The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra has gone through numerous transformations, including name and leadership changes, but it has remained committed to developing a robust and varied repertoire and building a devoted audience in Russia and abroad. The ensemble has formed a relationship with the St. Petersburg Conducting School and has worked with many talented conductors from that institution, as well as some of the most distinguished Russian and European conductors and soloists, including Montserrat Caballé, Sviatoslav Richter, Elena Obrastsova, Yevgeni Nesterenko, Yuri Egorov and Viktor Tretyakov.

Regarded as one of the most preeminent Russian conductors of his generation, Roman Leontiev completed his studies at the Glinka Conservatory of Music and St. Petersburg State Conservatory of Music. While still a student, he was awarded the USSR State Medal of Excellence in Conducting for his leadership of the Moscow International Festival Orchestra, as well as a conducting award at the 3rd annual Russian National Folk Music Festival. Upon graduation, Leontiev conducted several leading Russian orchestras, including the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra and USSR State Symphony. In 1997, Leontiev was engaged to conduct the Symphonica Toscanini, which led to engagements with the Budapest Radio and Television Orchestra and Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. Subsequent invitations have included conducting the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and the State Symphony Orchestra of St. Petersburg.

“Sensitive, original and brilliant,” raved The Washington Post after Alexandre Pirojenko’s Washington, D.C. debut at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Pirojenko has been awarded first prize at numerous prestigious piano competitions across the globe, including the XXV Ettore Pozzoli International Competition in Italy, the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York, XVI Ibiza International Competition in Spain and the Paula Cussi International Piano Competition to celebrate the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg, among others. He has taught piano at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory since 2006, and has given master classes in the United States, Ukraine and Italy.


PLEASE NOTE: The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra will also appear at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at 8 p.m. The program features Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé”: Suite No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade” for Orchestra, Op. 35. Pirojenko is also joined by the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major. Please visit cfa.gmu.edu for more information.


The Hylton Performing Arts Center is pleased to recognize

Novant Health

as the Season Sponsor of the 2011-12 Hylton Presents season.


Tickets for THE TSCHAIKOWSKI ST. PETERSBURG STATE ORCHESTRA are $30, $38, $46. Visit the box office or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit hyltoncenter.org. The Hylton Performing Arts Center is located on George Mason University’s Prince William Campus at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Va., 20110. Free parking is available in the lot next to the Hylton Center. For more information, please visit hyltoncenter.org.


About the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,140-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, is sure to quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of collaboration and commitment to the arts.


About George Mason University

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University – Where Innovation Is Tradition.