Hillman Artist Series: Russian String Orchestra

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will open its 2018 Hillman Visiting Artist Series on Thursday, November 1, with a performance by the Russian String Orchestra, accompanied by UMHB Professor of Piano, Michelle Schumann. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Baugh Performance Hall of the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center on the UMHB campus. Admission is free, but tickets are required.

The Russian String Orchestra will perform works by composers Dmitri Shostakovich, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

"Russian composers were so heavily steeped in their political climates, and, because of amazingly complex and captivating social times, their music always speaks volumes regarding the human condition," Dr. Schumann said. "Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, although living in very different periods, used their music in autobiographical ways to tell stories that are deeply personal and touching.”

Formerly known as the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the Russian String Orchestra was founded in 1991 and performs under the direction of Misha Rachlevsky. The orchestra is comprised of some of Russia’s finest young string players. The group is celebrated for the depth and variety of its repertoire, which includes more than a thousand compositions.

Over the last three decades the Russian String Orchestra has performed in 25 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The group’s discography of over 30 albums has received widespread international acclaim, including the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, and Critics Choice in The New York Times.

This concert qualifies as a Fine Arts Experience (FAE) credit for UMHB students. The Fine Arts Experience program is designed to help students gain an appreciation for the fine arts in many forms during their time on campus. To this end, students are required to attend at least one designated Fine Arts Experience event each semester.

Tickets can be ordered online from the Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center website or from the center’s Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday to Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the event. For more information call (254) 295-5999.

Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Sue & Frank Mayborn Performing Arts Center, Baugh Performance Hall
810 Main St, Belton, TX 76513

Event Type

Fine Arts


Music Department, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Fine Arts Experience
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Ashley Hargrave left a positive review 11/1/2018

This Orchestra was better than I expected! Absolutely stunning, especially in the new performing arts center. It was a little longer than I expected, but I still very much enjoyed it!