Ukranian Orchestra to Perform Beloved Classics at Hodgson Concert Hall

January 10, 2023

An orchestra performs on stage in an ornate concert hall

As Ukraine defends itself from the relentless Russian invasion, one of its premiere cultural institutions is coming to Athens. The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine will perform at Hodgson Concert Hall Monday, January 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The orchestra, led by Ukranian-American conductor Theodore Kuchar, will perform Dvořák’s beloved “New World” Symphony and Brahms’s brooding Tragic Overture. Ukranian-American pianist Stanislav Khristenko joins the ensemble for Grieg’s richly melodious Piano Concerto.

The orchestra, which is on a tour that includes a nearly sold-out concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall, has deep roots. It gave its first concert September 27, 1902. And that first season included guest conducting appearances by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, as well as Ruggerio Leoncavallo, composer of I pagliacci. More recent international guest conductors have included Kirill Kondrashin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yevgeni Mravinsky, Kurt Masur, and Mariss Jansons.

Since 2018, the orchestra has been working with Kuchar, who served as its main guest conductor. In May 2022 he became chief conductor. He is the most recorded conductor of his generation and appears on more than 140 compact discs for the Naxos, Brilliant Classics, Ondine, Marco Polo, Toccata Classics, and Centaur labels.

Described as a “poet of piano” by Le Soir (Belgium), Khristenko has performed as a pianist in some of the world’s major concert halls and recently launched his second career as a conductor. He has been praised for “emotional intensity,” “charismatic expression,” and “precise technique” by The New York Times, The Washington Post and Miami Herald; The Gramophone and BBC Music Magazine (UK) and El Pais (Spain).

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