Urals Philharmonic Orchestra wraps up "Holiday Treasures from Russia" shows
The final concert, held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, was met with a standing ovation that did not abate until conductor Dmitry Liss intervened to wish the crowd a merry Christmas and a happy new year, Itar-Tass reports.
Norman Scribner of the Choral Arts Society, Liss' American Counterpart, called the performance one of the best the Kennedy Center had seen in the last five years. Scribner added that the orchestra's performance of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade was a hallmark.
The program consisted of the works by Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninov, Grechaninov, Bach, Handel and Schubert, as well as folksongs, according to Itar-Tass.
In addition to the musical acrobatics, Liss performed his own highwire act after arriving in Washington the day before the show to appear on the conductor's stand. Liss, known for his style of conducting without a baton, added to the performances energy with his conducting abilities.
Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and the initiator of the the concert series, was honored alongside the performers, calling the performances a "Russian Christmas musical gift to America," according to Itar-Tass.
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