The Sydney Symphony is to tour Russia later this year for the first time in its history, celebrating the musical partnership it has formed with Principal Conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.
Performances are due to take place in Moscow and St Petersburg, capping off what will be a busy 2013 for the orchestra. Concerts of Sibelius will begin in February, with the year representing Ashkenazy's fifth season as Principal Conductor.
The conductor's long relationship with the symphony dates back to his first ABC tour in 1969, and he admits he is greatly looking forward to showcasing the orchestra's talents in the place where he was born.
The tour will start on Wednesday 20 November at the Aram Khachaturian Concert Hall in the Armenian capital of Yerevan, with performances also taking place at the St Petersburg Philharmonic Hall on Friday 22 November and in Moscow at the Moscow Conservatory on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November.
Sydney Symphony managing director Rory Jeffes said: "We are thrilled at the prospect of touring Russia this year with Ashkenazy. The orchestra has never performed in Russia so to tour the country with Ashkenazy at the helm, well it simply doesn't get much better."
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