Maestro Ignat Solzhenitsyn joins Manchester Music Fesitval

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MANCHESTER — With planned appearances by Gabby Douglas and John Grisham in the area, it's shaping up to be a star-studded summer in Manchester. One more name will be added to the VIP list, with Maestro Ignat Solzhenitsyn recently having signed on to appear at the Manchester Music Festival's Orchestral Experience concert on Aug. 3.

"We are ecstatic to have Ignat Solzhenitsyn headline our orchestral concert," said Adam Neiman, Manchester Music Festival's artistic director. "He is one of the world's great musicians and brings with him a tremendous amount of experience and wisdom."

Solzhenitsyn is a prolific figure in the world of classical music, serving as the Principal Guest Conductor of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. The conductor and pianist has worked worldwide, performing in New York City, London, Milan, Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo, Sydney, Seattle, Toronto, and more in past years.

Solzhenitsyn is currently a faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Tanglewood Music Center, and though he resides in New York City he is no stranger to Vermont.

The son of Nobel Prize winner and Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Solzhenitsyn's family was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974 due to his father's outspoken criticism of the government. Two years later, the family resettled in Vermont where Solzhenitsyn embraced his budding musical career.

Solzhenitsyn went on to study piano with the renowned Maria Curcio in London, and was the 1994 recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Six other Avery Grant recipients will also perform at this years Manchester Music Festival.

The Orchestral Experience will bring together well known musicians like Solzhenitsyn and Alexander Kobrin, gold medalist in the Van Cliburn Competition, with young artists and other featured guest musicians. The performance will include classical works such as Beethoven's Eroica Symphony, and Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major.

"I think our audience will be blown away by his electric musicianship in this remarkable program," said Neiman.

The Manchester Music Festival will host its Summer Festival Series from July 6 to August 17 this year. More information can be found at www.mmfvt.org.

Reach Cherise Madigan at 802-490-6471.

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