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Arts Calendar / November 18 / Concerts
19:00 Oleg Lundstrem Jazz Orchestra (Russia)
The State Chamber Orchestra of jazz music, named after the legendary Oleg Lundstrem, has a unique history. It celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2019, confirming its status as the "longest-playing" big band in the world, a distinction recorded in the Russian Guinness Book of Records. The father of Russian jazz, Oleg Lundstrem helmed the nation's first big band, keeping the group afloat for more than seven decades despite the fierce opposition of Soviet leaders. In 1940 the Lundstrem Jazz Orchestra inaugurated an extended run at the Paramount, then Shanghai's most prestigious venue; by this time the roster included 14 musicians, with Lundstrem - dubbed "the King of Jazz in the Far East" by the local press - serving as conductor. The band has been led since 2007 by well-known jazz pianist and bandleader Boris Frumkin. Under his leadership, the orchestra continued the tradition of its founder Oleg Lundstrem, who once said, "As far as the credo of our orchestra, it has remained the same: we are true to jazz, we strive to make jazz an important component of the spiritual life of man."
Rachmaninov Concert Hall (Philharmonia-2) 
19:00 State Symphony Orchestra "New Russia"
The "New Russia" Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Geringas performs various works by Ludwig van Beethoven. "New Russia" State Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1990 by order of the Government of the RSFSR. Yury Bashmet assumed leadership of the orchestra in 2002, opening up a new chapter in its history. Under Bashmet’s leadership, the orchestra acquired its own unique manner of playing, which is distinguished by creative freedom, audacious interpretations and startlingly inspired performances, all combined with a full, rich sound. Many eminent musicians have collaborated with the orchestra. Since 2002, the orchestra has played more than 350 concerts in Russia and abroad, including France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Holland, Spain, Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria, India, Finland and Japan. A varied repertoire, successfully combining classics and contemporary music, constantly attracts listeners. The orchestra has often given premieres of works by such composers as Sofia Gubaydulina, Alfred Schnittke, Edison Denisov, Mikhail Tariverdiyev, Nino Rota, Ghia Kancheli, Alexander Tchaikovsky, Bela Bartok, Giancarlo Menotti, Igor Raykhelson, Emil Tabakov, Alexander Baltin, Vladimir Belyaev, Vladimir Komarov, Boris Frankshteyn and Georgy Buzogly. Since 2008, the orchestra has annually taken part in the Yury Bashmet Winter Music Festival in Sochi and the Yury Bashmet International Festivals in Yaroslavl and Minsk.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall 
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