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‘The Genius of Russian Music’ with Constantin Orbelian

Constantin Orbelian, conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, will speak and guest conduct the Miami University Symphony Orchestra in March.

Orbelian will present the third annual Havighurst Lecture, “The Genius of Russian Music: A Lecture from the Piano” at 4 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Souers Recital Hall, Center for Performing Arts.

Orbelian will guest conduct music by Khachaturian for a “Dance Masterpieces” concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in Hall Auditorium. Ricardo Averbach is director of the orchestra.

Orbelian grew up in San Francisco and received his early musical training at the conservatory there. He made his professional debut as a pianist with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 11. He then studied at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he graduated in 1980.

Orbelian has since appeared with major orchestras including those of Boston, Detroit, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Helsinki. He was the first American to be appointed music director of a Russian ensemble, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, in 1991. In September 2000 he was named permanent guest conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic and in December of that year was inducted into the Academy of Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg.

Orbelian’s appearance at Miami is sponsored by the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. The lecture and concert are free and open to the public. For more information, call the center at 9-3303 or the music department at 9-3014.

Date Published: 03/11/2004
Volume: 23   Number: 28

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