Violin virtuoso Jennifer Koh, Moscow State Symphony to perform Nov. 9

November 02, 2010

University Park, Pa. -- The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Music Director Pavel Kogan and featuring violin soloist Jennifer Koh, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium. Chicago native Koh, a graduate of Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music, joins the orchestra for Max Bruch’s "Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor."

The orchestra’s program also will feature Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s "Capriccio Italien" and Maurice Ravel’s arrangement of Modeste Mussorgsky’s "Pictures at an Exhibition."

Tickets for the Center for the Performing Arts presentation are $55 for an adult, $22 for a University Park student and $37 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets also are available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown in the Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

For almost seven decades the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has been recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of the classic Russian composers. But since Kogan became music director and chief conductor in 1989, the ensemble has continually broadened its repertoire to include contemporary compositions from Russia and beyond.

At age 18 Kogan won first prize at the Sibelius Violin Competition. His career as a violinist and a conductor has taken him to engagements on five continents.

The orchestra performs between 20 and 50 concerts abroad each year. Since Kogan became music director, the ensemble has played in more than 50 countries.

Dotty and Paul Rigby sponsor the concert. WPSU-FM is the media sponsor. Foxdale Village, a Quaker-directed continuing care retirement community, underwrites classics presentations at the Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or local expert, is offered in Eisenhower Auditorium one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders.

Last Updated June 22, 2011