URBANA — The Champaign-Urbana Symphony will look to Russia for its final season concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
The "A Russian Festival" concert conducted by Stephen Alltop starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall. The program:
— Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture.
— Alexander Glazunov's Chant du Menestrel, with guest artist Wendy Warner, a cellist.
— Pietr Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, with Warner.
— Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.
The Russian Easter Overture features "soulful melodies and blazing orchestral highlights," Alltop said.
The works for solo cello by Glazunov and Tchaikovsky draw upon elements of past musical eras while displaying the full range of the cello, which Alltop called a highly expressive instrument.
As for Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, Alltop calls it a tour de force with few peers in the symphonic repertoire. It "reveals the intense inner feelings, fears, and aspirations of its composer," the maestro said.
A recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant, Warner is on the faculty at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia.
She has been a featured soloist with many orchestras, has collaborated with leading conconductors and performs in the Norton Concert Series in Chicago, The Boston Artists Ensemble, The Schwob Chamber Music faculty concert, and with the Jupiter Players in New York.
She began studying the cello when she was 6 and later studied with Mstislav Rostropovich at the Curtis Institute.
She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 14 and at Carnegie Hall in 1991, with Rostropovich conducting.
Concertgoers are invited to arrive early, from 6:40 to 7:10 p.m.. to hear at Stage 5 in the Krannert lobby some of the young musicians who will receive orchestra Guild scholarships to the Illinois Summer Youth Music camp.
Tickets to the symphony concert are $35 for adults, $31 for senior citizens and $5 for students Call 333-6280.