RUSSIA: GRAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENS SEASON, PROMISES SENSATIONAL PREMIERES

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MOSCOW, September 30 (RIA Novosti) - The Peter Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra opened season today with a concert at the Moscow Conservatory Grand Hall, one of the country's best and most prestigious.

The programme included Mozart, Villa-Lobos, and prominent 20th century Russian composers Georgi Sviridov and Valeri Gavrilin, Vladimir Fedoseyev, orchestra chief conductor and artistic director, announced to a news conference yesterday.

The upcoming season will abound in premieres and discoveries of composers previously unknown. Notable among the premieres will be Vladimir Rubin's "The Songs of Love and Death", written this year. The concerts will also introduce to Russian music-lovers the Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saigun, and works never before performed in Russia by Japanese composers Tokashi Yoshimatsu, Toru Takemitsu and Yuzo Toyama.

"Music is a kind of diplomacy that brings nothing but positive achievements," remarked Mr. Fedoseyev.

This year precedes the jubilee 2005, when the orchestra will celebrate its 75th establishment anniversary.

This season's concert programme will fall in three thematic parts-first, premieres of works by Russian and foreign composers; and second, composers renowned in the West but fairly obscure in Russia. Mozart, the orchestra's forte, comes last but not least, said Vladimir Fedoseyev.

The Peter Tchaikovsky State Grand Symphony Orchestra emerged in 1930 as All-Union Radio Symphony Orchestra, and has been among the USSR's and then Russia's most brilliant and renowned throughout its long life.

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