National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine
Join us for the NJPAC debut of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, performing an afternoon of some of Russia’s greatest works conducted by Volodymyr Sirenko and featuring the extraordinary pianist Olga Kern as guest soloist.
Founded in 1918 and considered one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine will be led by Sirenko, its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor. Critics have compared Sirenko to other brilliant conductors, such as Esa-Pekka Salonen and Simon Rattle.
Kern will play Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto, an epic achievement whose beautiful themes and famously melodic second movement are heard from film soundtracks to Sinatra standards. Also on the program are two Tchaikovsky favorites: the sprightly Polonaise from his opera Eugene Onegin, and the soul-embracing Fifth Symphony, a Romantic-era masterpiece later reclaimed by the disheartened populace of World War II Russia. The concert opens with the Symphony in C by Ukrainian composer Maxim Berezovsky.
Praised for her vivid stage presence and passionately confident musicianship – The New York Times has called her “an absolute whiz at the piano” – Kern was born into a family with direct links to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. At 17, she won the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition, later claiming the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, she has performed in top-tier venues that include Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, La Scala, Tonhalle Zürich and the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
NICO Kitchen + Bar will be open for this performance.
Berezovsky: Symphony in C
Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5