Prague Chamber Orchestra returns for encore performanceThe Prague Chamber Orchestra will return to campus for a performance at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, in Mandel Hall. When the orchestra last visited the University in March 1996, "the audience response was so enthusiastic that we re-booked them as soon as they were available," said Tom Gaitens, Director of the Concert Office.
The orchestra will perform works by Bach, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Mozart. Two guest soloists will join the orchestra for the concert: Valentina Lisitsa on piano and Sergei Nakariakov on trumpet.
The Ukrainian Lisitsa has won prizes in the Lysenko Piano Competition, the Paris Chamber Music Competition and the Ukrainian Music Competition. This performance will mark the Chicago debut of Nakariakov, who has been called "the Paganini of the trumpet." He has performed at the Salzburg Festival and was awarded the Prix Davidoff at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.
The 36-member Prague Chamber Orchestra plays without a conductor. Since their world premiere at the Prague Spring Festival in 1952, the orchestra has toured around the globe and recorded for numerous labels.
Tickets are $22, $9 for students, and are available at the Reynolds Club Box Office.