Concert Will Transform Theater into ‘Russian Palace’

by ARLnow.com November 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm 4,450 12 Comments

A classical musical group is promising to transform Artisphere’s Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street) into a Russian palace this weekend.

The National Chamber Ensemble will be opening its sixth season with a concert dubbed “Night At the Palace II,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. The event is a collaboration with the Russian Chamber Art Society and will feature classical music from Russian composers like Glinka, Rachmaninov and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Arlington County Board Chair Mary Hynes is expected to be on hand as the concert’s “guest host.” Tickets are $28 for adults or $15 for students, and are available online. A reception will follow.

A description of the concert, from a press release:

The continuation of last season’s great success, the stage of the Spectrum Theatre will be transformed once again into a palace in St. Petersburg Russia. This concert, in collaboration with the Russian Chamber Art Society will showcase Russian romances, as well as instrumental music that will include the gorgeous “Trio Pathetique” by Michail Glinka, [Rimsky-Korsakov’s] Flight of the Bumblebee, Sarasate’s Introduction and Tarantella as well enticing collaborations with the singers. NCE will be joined by RCAS Artistic Director and Founder, pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern, baritone Anton Belov and soprano Yana Eminova to bring back to life the beauty and grandeur of musical life at the palace. Featuring music of Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and more.

The Washington Post hailed Anton Belov’s “voluminous sound, appealing stage presence and tone of rich vibrancy” while Opera News praised his “great emotional honesty; singing straight from the heart.” Soprano Yana Eminova has sung widely to great acclaim. Her singing has been called “a joy to hear,” and “a most satisfying operatic experience.”

The National Chamber Ensemble is redefining the meaning of “chamber music.” With its creative five seasons of programming, incorporating tango, ballet, jazz, guitar, opera, children’s choruses, stage sets and multimedia with traditional classical fare, the ensemble attracts a whole new audience while keeping traditionalists happy! The concerts are fun, inspiring, educational, listener-friendly and offer the areas most enjoyable musical evening.

  • Sam

    Does anyone really care about this?

  • Sam

    I do.

  • YTK

    Da. Me too.

  • Just Wondering

    The ticket prices should be $69.85 for adults and $56.85 for students, to cover the $41.85 per person taxpayer subsidy for the Artisphere.

  • novasteve


    • free associator


  • Bruno

    Those who love music and art care. Looking forward to it.

  • Sam the Cat

    Will any of the culture from such great work preformed at kolima be included for an authentic taste of ancient yet noble Russia?

  • Roz Res

    Are you going to charge every bike rider a fee per mile for upkeep of the trails? Are you going to charge by the push up at Barcroft or for each goal scored on the county supported soccer fields? Arlington’s varied cultural amenities need funding to make them happen. This wonderful community does not just happen, it is created by citzen support.

  • From the only GOP in Arlington

    Yes! Why wouldn’t we care? Just bought two tickets and wouldn’t have known about this if it wasn’t for Arlington Now.

  • ARLResident

    Looks interesting, although I don’t think I will be able to attend.

  • Bruno

    Last season’s NCE’s original Night At The Palace was fantastic, thats why I am looking forward to this concert a lot. The 4 or 5 concerts of theirs that I’ve been to over the last couple of seasons had the most superb music and top notch performances as well as a fun atmosphere. I cant always attend, but I was hooked from the shows I’ve seen.


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