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What's Next: The classics
The Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra performs at the Lucas Theatre Jan. 21.

Let us welcome the New Year by looking forward to some highbrow entertainment.

The Savannah Concert Association’s 2009–2010 series continues with the Jan. 9 recital by violinist Elena Urioste at the Lucas Theatre. Urioste made her stage debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at 13, and was recently hailed as “an emerging artist to watch” by Symphony Magazine.

A recipient of  the prestigious London Music Masters Award, she was also the 2007 first–prize winner of the Sion International Violin Competition.

Tickets range from $12.50 to $25, with significant discounts for students. See

Founded in 1978, the mission of the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra was to broadcast, on a weekly basis, the music of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries into home across the Soviet Union.

That was, of course, then. And this is now.

The orchestra has become a dependable touring unit, visiting the United States with regularity for the past five years. Music director Anatoli Nemudrov and his crew will visit the Lucas Theatre in Savannah for a concert Thursday, Jan. 21. Alexei Kornienko will conduct.

Following in the Russian tradition, this is an orchestra dedicated to the old–school classical approach.

The band has performed at the Kremlin Palace with the Moscow Classical Ballet (The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, Cinderella and Firebird) and has been welcomed in concert halls the world over.
It is featured regularly at Tchaikovsky Hall, and at the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, and continues to broadcast on Russian radio and television.

Tickets are $49, $39 and $29 at

Moving ahead, the Savannah Philharmonic Orchestra tackles Stravinsky’s Firebird at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist (what a beautiful place) Saturday, Feb. 20. The program will also include Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” and tickets are $35, or $100 for special super–duper limited VIP seating.