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World premiere of newly discovered Tchaikovsky concerto to be performed by Miami University ensemble


A newly discovered flute concerto by Pyotr Ill'yich Tchaikovsky will receive a world premiere in January. Concertstuck for Flute and Strings will be performed by James Strauss and the Oxford Chamber Orchestra at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Hall Auditorium.

Strauss learned of the existence of fragments of the piece from his teacher, Jean Pierre Rampal. His search to discover, edit and reconstruct the three-movement concerto reads like a detective novel, taking him from his native Sao Paolo to St. Petersburg to Paris.

As part of the premiere, Miami will host a forum on the concerto and its discovery. The forum is 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, and 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Jan. 31.

The concert also will include "Small Kuban Variations" by Alexander Tchaikovsky, composer, director of the St. Petersburg Conservatory and president of the Moscow Philharmonic, who will be in Oxford for the concert.

The Oxford Chamber Orchestra is composed of Miami music faculty and advanced students. Ricardo Averbach is conductor. The Concertstuck is scored for 22 musicians.

Concert tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For tickets, visit

The forum and world premiere are presented by Miami's School of Fine Arts, department of music, Havighurst Center for Russian and Post Soviet Studies and international visiting scholar exchange fund.

For more information on the flute concerto, contact Miami music professor Thomas Garcia via e-mail: or visit


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