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February 6, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra to perform at Purdue

West Lafayette, Ind. – The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at Purdue University's Elliott Hall of Music. The performance is presented by Purdue Convocations.

What began as a private ensemble commissioned by Alexander III in 1882 has grown into a showcase for pre-eminent Russian soloists (Sergei Prokofiev), fiery conductors (Richard Strauss), and the preferred performers of world premieres from such composers as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich. Russia's longest-running orchestra will make its Purdue debut during a U.S. tour that features a program of Russian masterpieces.

Joining the orchestra onstage will be Russian pianist Denis Kozhukhin. Kozhukhin will perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto in B-flat minor. The program will also feature Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, and excerpts from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's opera "Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh," a tale of love, war, betrayal, and redemption.

Tickets are $22-$45 for adults and $22-$32 for those 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit http://www.convocations.org/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres. Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

Source: Abby Eddy, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu 

Note to Journalists: Publication-quality photos are available at http://www.convocations.org/press/