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Philadelphia, PA (September 27, 2004) - Verizon Hall will resound with the robust sounds of Russian composers Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff as well as the German composer Schumann when the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra makes its Kimmel Center debut on October 24, 2004 at 2 p.m. The concert is part of the Kimmel Center Presents Bank of America Great Orchestras on Tour series and will feature Yuri Temirakanov, artistic director and principal conductor, and pianist Hélène Grimaud.

The orchestra will perform Prokofiev's Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Op. 25, "Classical Symphony;" Schumann's Concerto in A minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 54; and Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, Op. 45.

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra is Russia's oldest symphony orchestra. It was formed out of the 19th-century "Imperial Music Choir" in 1882 but initially played only for the Imperial Court and in aristocratic circles. As early as October 19, 1917, the ensemble was declared a state orchestra, giving its first public concert in Soviet Russia shortly thereafter. A year later the orchestra was incorporated into the newly founded Petrograd Philharmonic Society, the first concert organization of the U.S.S.R. In 1991, just after its home city was renamed, the orchestra changed its name from the Leningrad Philharmonic to the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. Today it is internationally recognized as one of the world's premier symphonic ensembles.

Among the orchestra's recent tours have been visits to the major European festivals, including highly-acclaimed performances in Salzburg, Lucerne, Edinburgh and London. It participated in many events marking the centennial of Tchaikovsky's death in 1993, including three concerts at Carnegie Hall as part of its American tour that year. The orchestra's extensive European touring has included recent residencies in Paris and Vienna, and concerts to inaugurate Belfast's Waterfront Hall.

Tickets for the October 24 performance by the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra are $39, $47, $59, $69, $79, $99 & $113 and can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org or at the Kimmel Center box office, open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and later on performance evenings. For group sales call 215-790-5883.

A limited number of $10 tickets will be available for every Kimmel Center Presents performance at the Kimmel Center. $10 tickets go on sale the day of the event and can be purchased at the Kimmel Center box office beginning at 5:30 p.m. for evening performances and 11:30 a.m. for matinees. Limit one per person.

Sponsors of the 2004-2005 Kimmel Center Presents season include Mellon Financial Corporation, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Bank of America, Sovereign Bank, Wachovia Foundation, The American Express Company, Verizon Foundation, Bucks County Coffee and SEPTA, the Commuter's Choice. American Airlines is the Official Airline of Kimmel Center Presents. Toyota is the Official Vehicle of Kimmel Center Presents Jazz and World Pop programming.


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