On January 29, 2015, Troy Chromatic Concerts, Inc. presented the famous Mariinsky Orchestra (formerly the Kirov Orchestra) with Ignat Solzhenitsyn, conductor. The concert was a true high point of the cultural 2014-15 Season in the Capital Region.
What makes this so special was to be able to hear one of the finest world class orchestras in the world class acoustic of the famous Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. We were treated to a sumptuous evening of beautiful, stirring music filling the Hall with colors and sounds we rarely get to hear! The program was a beautiful showcase of great Russian classics that showed off the incredible virtuosity of this world renowned ensemble.
For those who missed it, please read Joseph Dalton’s review below in the Albany Times Union.
Furthermore, for those lucky souls who came to the Pre-Concert talk at the Rensselaer County Historical Society (held one hour before each concert), we got to listen to the conductor, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, discuss his views on music making and conducting and especially on playing with such a fine orchestra.
What was so charming was to see him interact with students from Stillwater High School who were brought to the concert by their music teacher, James Iacketta. A dedicated teacher, Mr. Iacketta felt it was an invaluable experience for his students to hear the concert live and meet the conductor at the Pre-Concert talk. Both the students and teacher asked the Maestro questions about music and how he became a musician.
In response to the question, he shared his personal story that as a boy, he walked into his father’s study (the famous author, Aleksandr Solzhenitzyn) and heard a Beethoven symphony playing. He stopped, stunned, and listened with his father silently for many minutes, enthralled. And that was it – he was hooked! After studying piano with one of the favorite pupils of the great Artur Schnabel, Maria Curcio and having been mentored by the great Mstislav Rostropovich, he also studied conducting and became both an internationally known soloist and conductor.
What makes these events so incredible is that here, in the Capital Region, we can have easy access to some of the world’s greatest musicians and ensembles without having to pay the high fees found in the major cities and struggle with traffic, lodging and expense to get there. Moreover, the most wonderful part is accessible ticket pricing (half or more what is found in major cities) AND the incredible FREE Pre-Concert talks where you can meet the artist and hear them talk up close and personal!
Fortunately, for those who missed the Mariinsky, Troy Chromatic Concerts, Inc. is bringing both Les Violons du Roy with the great piano virtuoso, Marc-Andre Hamelin to the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on March 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm and then the Mozart Orchestra of New York with the acclaimed American conductor, Gerard Schwartz playing the last three symphonies of Mozart!
I encourage all in our region to hear these wonderful concerts and marvel at the beauty of the music, the incredible musicianship of these phenomenal world class musicians and most importantly revel in the magnificent acoustics of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall when filled with fine orchestral music! Not only can you hear these orchestras now but you can save even more money on tickets if you act soon and take advantage of the Troy Chromatic Concerts special discount being offered!
Please find me at one of these concerts and tell me personally what it feels like to hear such incredible orchestras in the intimate acoustic of the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. See you there!
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any piano questions.