Release Date: February 20,2017

Russia’s oldest orchestra coming to Akron March 1

Russia’s oldest symphony orchestra — the St. Petersburg Philharmonic — will fill Akron’s EJ Thomas Hall on Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., with its soul-stirring signature sound. ”We play with our hearts,” says concertmaster Lev Klychkov.

Pianist Nikolai Lugansky will join the legendary orchestra, conducted by Nikolay Alexeev, in Tuesday Musical’s Margaret Baxtresser Annual Piano Concert. Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 are on the program. Pianist Caroline Oltmanns will give the 6:30 p.m. concert talk.

Formed in 1882, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic was known initially as the “Imperial Music Choir” and performed for the Russian court of Alexander III. Richard Strauss, Alexander Glazunov and Lorin Maazel have been among its conductors, while Van Cliburn, Vladimir Horowitz and Sergei Prokofiev have been among its many soloists.

Lugansky is making his debut this season with both the Berliner Philharmoniker and Wiener Symphoniker. In addition to performing in Akron, he has return engagements with the Orchestre National de France, Philadelphia Orchestra, St Louis Symphony and the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony.  

Single tickets for the concert are $25, $40, $45, and free for all students of any age. Visit or call 330-761-3460 for information and tickets. 

The Gertrude F. Orr Trust Advised Fund of Akron Community Foundation is sponsoring this concert.