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The Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra of Germany

  • Folly Theater 300 West 12th Street Kansas City, MO, 64105 United States (map)

Music Director Kirill Karabits will lead the Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra in an all-Beethoven program of the Coriolan Overture, the iconic Symphony No. 5, and Van Cliburn gold medal pianist Vadym Kholodenko will play for Concerto No. 3 in C minor. 

Staatskapelle Weimar, founded in 1491, is one of the oldest and most illustrious orchestras in the world. Its history is closely associated to some of the world's best known musicians and works. Many famous names in classical music history that have been associated with the orchestra including Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss and many others. In 1756, Duchess Anna Amalia made the orchestra the primary musical institution of the city of Weimar, Germany. 

"I’m delighted to take Staatskapelle Weimar on their first visit to the U.S. and a longest ever tour in their history," Kirill Karabits wrote on his website"Actually the orchestra was founded in 1491, exactly one year before Columbus discovered America, so it was about the time for them to come!" Karabits quipped.

Last week, an elated reviewer for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune (Fla.) wrote, “I had assumed that a concert by one of the world’s oldest and most revered orchestras would present an expert but conservative performance. Not so. The concert by Staatskapelle Weimar…was one of the most challenging and thrilling experiences of my career.” 

Kirill Karabits became General Music Director and Principal Conductor for Deutsches Nationaltheater and Staatskapelle Weimar in 2016. He has worked with many of the leading ensembles of Europe, Asia and North America including the Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago Symphony orchestras, Philharmonia Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Filarmonica del Teatro La Fenice and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Karabits was named Conductor of the Year at the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards.

Vadym Kholodenko, winner of the 2013 Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, has begun to forge an international career throughout Europe, Asia and North America to great critical acclaim. Kholodenko was born in 1986 in Kiev, Ukraine. At 13, he played his first concerts in the U.S., China, Hungary and Croatia; in 2004 he was awarded the Russian Youth National Prize “Triumph.” 

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Pianist Vadym Kholodenko

Pianist Vadym Kholodenko

Music Director Kirill Karabits

Music Director Kirill Karabits

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62
Beethoven: Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37; Vadym Kholodenko, piano soloist
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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