Chiesa di San Francesco, Terni

CHRISTMAS CONCERT 2016

Visioninmusica has always been fond of classical music and, again in 2016, after more than a decade of top-level events, thanks to the great support of Fondazione Carit and Casse di Risparmio dell’Umbria, classical music will be the undisputed protagonist. Illustrious international orchestras and soloists with the most famous conductors, play in the evocative Romanesque setting of the Church of Saint Francis, for the traditional Christmas Concert, one of the most important cultural appointments held in Terni during this period.

On Saturday 10th December 2016, at 5:00 p.m., the Kiev Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Sheiko, alongside with one of the most appreciated violinist, Stefan Milenkovich, will be the protagonists of a tribute to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
“Tutto Tchaikovsky” is the title chosen by Visioninmusica for a concert representing the essence of a composer whose works are the highest expression of the late Romantic period.

The Kiev Radio Symphony Orchestra, with more than 85 years of history and touring successfully all over the world, is conducted by Vladimir Sheiko, its artistic director and chief conductor since 2005. The orchestra will play works by the great composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and will feature the violinist Stefan Milenkovich.
Stefan Milenkovich enjoys a prolific career as an internationally sought-after soloist and recitalist. Milenkovich started his career at a very young age, performing for U.S. President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in Washington, DC, at age 10, thus starting his amazing and unique career.

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Capriccio italiano op.45

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Concerto per violino e orchestra in re maggiore op.35
I – Allegro moderato – Moderato assai
II – Canzonetta: Andante
III – Finale: Allegro vivacissimo

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Sinfonia n.6 in si minore op.74 “Patetica”
I – Adagio – Allegro non troppo
II – Allegro con grazia
III – Allegro molto vivace
IV – Finale: Adagio lamentoso

STEFAN MILENKOVICH
Awarded as Serbia’s Artist of the Century (2002), Most Humane Person (2003), and Brand Personality of the Year (2010), Stefan Milenkovich enjoys a prolific career as an internationally sought-after soloist and recitalist. A protégé of Dorothy DeLay, the Serbian-Italian virtuoso is a unique artist with an extraordinary productive longevity, professionalism and creativity. His musical philosophy as well as lifestyle is a true definition of eclectic, exploring general human, musical heritage and experience, in order to connect directly with the audiences and provide fun, engaging and energetic performances.
Milenkovich’s 2016 – 17 season includes performances with Orchestra Haydn Bolzano (Italy), Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra (Ukraine), Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra (USA), Lake Forest Symphony Orchestra (USA), and Orchestra Filarmonica Marchigiana (Italy). Recent performances include collaboration with Utah Symphony Orchestra (USA), Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (USA), Mississippi Symphony Orchestra (USA), Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra (Slovenia), Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi (Italy), Orchestra I Virtuosi Italiani (Italy), as well as performances with baritone Nathan Gunn (USA) and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard (USA). Milenkovich returns this season to perform at some of the Italian most renowned Opera Houses – Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Filarmonico in Verona, and Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova.
His numerous appearances with orchestra include Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Aspen Chamber Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Radio-France, Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, National Orchestra of Belgium, Mexico State Symphony, Orquestra Sinfonica de Estado de Sao Paolo, and the Melbourne and Queensland Symphonies, and has performed under the baton of such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Fedoseyev, and Daniel Oren.
Milenkovich started his career at a very young age. He performed for U.S. President Ronald Reagan at a Christmas concert in Washington, DC, at age 10. The following year, he played for Mikhail Gorbachev in Belgrade, Serbia. At age 14, he played for Pope John Paul II and at age 16, Milenkovich gave his 1000th concert in Monterrey, Mexico. By age 17, he was the winner of The Young Concert Artists International Competition (USA), as well as a prizewinner in the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis (USA), the Queen Elisabeth Competition (Belgium), Hannover Violin Competition (Germany), Tibor Varga Competition (Switzerland), Rodolfo Lipizer Competition (Italy), Paganini Competition (Italy), Ludwig Spohr Competition (Germany), and the Yehudi Menuhin Competition (England).
As a musician of broad stylistic interests, Milenkovich performed with five-time Grammy Nominee rock band Gorillaz in one of the world’s most renowned venues – Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City. The critically acclaimed performance was featured live on MTV. Recent collaborations include performances with Grammy Award Nominee lutist Edin Karamazov, as well as a musical partnership with guitarist Vlatko Stefanovski and his trio, where Milenkovich explored the realm of improvisation and acoustic-electric violin.
An avid chamber musician, he performs frequently with the Jupiter Chamber Music Series in New York City, Manchester Music Festivalin Vermont, High Peaks Chamber Music Festival in Catskill Mountains (New York), and Zagreb Chamber Music Festival in Croatia. In 2012 Milenkovich accepted position of the Artistic Director of DoCha Chamber Music Festival in Champaign, Illinois.
Deeply committed to international humanitarian causes, in 2002 Milenkovich received the Lifting Up the World With Oneness Heartaward for his humanitarian activities, handed to him personally by the guru Sri Chinmoy. He also participated in a number of gala concerts under the auspices of UNESCO in Paris with such artists as Placido Domingo, Lorin Maazel, Alexis Weissenberg, and Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and was active as the First Child Ambassador during the Balkan wars in early 90’.
Milenkovich’s discography includes four commercial releases of the Italian label Dynamic, featuring J. S. Bach Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Complete Music for Solo Violin – Nicolo Paganini 24 Capricci, N. Paganini Recital, and N. Paganini In cuor piu non mi sento. He also released numerous recordings for the Yugoslavian label, PGP. Milenkovich’s recent CD release includes a First Recording disc with the Manchester Music Festival of Vittorio Giannini’s Piano Trio and Piano Quintet.
Firmly dedicated to pedagogical work, Milenkovich taught in collaboration with Itzhak Perlman at the Juilliard School in New York City, NY, and Perlman Music Program, before accepting his current position as an Associate Professor of Violin at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2012, he also accepted the position of a visiting professor at the University of Belgrade, Music Academy in Serbia.
www.stefanmilenkovich.com

VLADIMIR SHEIKO
Vladimir Sheiko is Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra. He was born in Kharkiv (Ukraine).
Vladimir Sheiko graduated from the Kiev State Conservatory named after P.Tchaikovsky, speciality «opera and symphony conducting» (class of Professor Stephan Turchak – Chief Conductor of National Opera Theatre of Ukraine) and «chorus conducting» (class of Professor Leo Venediktov – Chief Choir-master of National Opera Theatre of Ukraine) in 1988. During the 1989-1991 he was a trainee at the “Bolshoy Theatre of Opera and Ballet” (Moscow) under the supervision of Fuat Mansurov (conductor of Bolshoy Theatre) and took the highest qualification test.
Vladimir Sheiko had been working as a conductor of the Kyiv Academic Operetta Theatre since 1988. In late 1990 Vladimir Sheiko created the first in the country non-state Symphony Orchestra “Ukraine” and produced extensive concert and tour activity during 1991-2001 (Russia (1991, 1992); Croatia (1993); Austria (1994); Italy (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000); Portugal (1997); Poland (1997); France (1995,1999); Switzerland (2000, 2001). During this time he has also made numerous Ukrainian Radio and TV recordings, CD production (Russia, Italy, England, Switzerland) as well as organized international annual Artistic Festivals «Meetings on Easter» (Kyiv, Ukraine, 2000, 2001, 2002) and co-organized Festival «Tenoratorio» (Solothurn, Switzerland, 1999, 2000, 2001) and participated in opening of VERDIANO – 2001 (Busseto, Italy, 2001).
During 1994-2002 – large theatre activity, which includes many projects in various theatrical and oratorical genres, among them: “Yevgeniy Onegin” by P.Tchaikovsky; “La Traviata” and “Rigoletto” by G. Verdi; “Porgy and Bess” by G. Gershwin; “Carmen” by G. Bizet; “The Tsar’s Bride” by N. Rymsky-Korsakov; “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” by G. Rossini; “Cosi fan tutti”, “Impressario” and “Le nozze di Figaro” by W. A. Mozart; “Bamby” (ballet) by I. Kovacs; “Requiem” by G. Verdi, “Requiem” by M. Reger; “Requiem” by G. Fauret; “Magnificat” by J.S. Bach and many others.
From 1995 till 2005 he worked as the Chief Conductor of the Kiev Academic Operetta Theatre and carried out 15 performances: “The Gipsy Baron” and “A Night in Venice” by J. Strauss; “Maritza” by E. Kalman; “The Count from Luxembourg” by F. Lehar; “Orfeo all Inferno” and “ La vie Parisienne” by J. Offenbach and many others.
Vladimir Sheiko became the head of Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra in August 2005. Under his direction the Orchestra performed such masterpieces as: “Requiem” by G. Verdi; Symphony No. 9 by L. van Beethoven; “Stabat Mater” by G. Rossini; “The Execution of Stepan Razin” by D. Shostakovich; “St. Jonn of Damascus” by S.Taneev; “When the Fern Blooms” by Y. Stankovych; “Davidde Penitente” by W. A. Mozart, founded a series of joint projects of National Radio Company and National Television Company of Ukraine “Art Stories”.
Also Vladimir Sheiko created a number of original monumental projects, such as his own stage version of “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff at the National Opera of Ukraine and world premiere of “Symphonic Gospel” by Alemdar Karamanov at the stage of National Palace “Ukraine”. Under Vladimir Sheiko’s supervision as a conductor, the Orchestra carried out more than 250 records of world and Ukrainian music masterpieces in favor of the National Radio Fund. He has also conducted numerous tours with the Orchestra to 12 countries across the world: South Korea, Iran, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Belgium, Poland and Belarus.
Vladimir Sheiko conducted performances on the world-wide known stages, such as Glinka Capella Hall (Saint Petersburg, Russia); Konzerthaus (Vienna, Austria); Concertgebouw (Amsterdam, Netherlands); Koningin Elisabethzaal (Antwerp, Belgium); Arena Sferisterio (Macerata, Italy); Teatro Romano (Ascoli Piceno, Italy); Teatro Politeamo Garibaldi (Palermo, Italy); Teatro Petruzzelli (Bari); Auditorio Nacional de Musica, Teatro Monumental (Madrid, Spain); Palau de la Musica Catalana (Barcelona, Spain); Casa da Musica, Coliseu do Porto (Porto, Portugal); Coliseu dos Recreios (Lisbon, Portugal); Coliseum (Nimes, France); Teatro Romano (Vienne, France); Algerian National Theatre and Palace “Moufdi Zakaria” (Algeria); City Hall (Seoul, South Korea), Coliseum (El Jem,Tunisia), Amphitheater (Cartage, Tunisia).

Awards
Vladimir Sheiko was granted the title “Honored Personality of the Arts of Ukraine” in 2003.
He was also awarded by the Honorary Diploma of the Parliament of Ukraine and the Order of St. Prince Vladimir the Great of the third degree in 2005.
He was awarded by the Diploma of the of the Government of Ukraine and Insignia of Honour of Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the medal “Honour” by Kyiv Сity Сouncil in 2012. He was awarded with the Order of Friendship in 2013 and withthe honorary title of Ukraine “People’s Artist of Ukraine in 2015.
www.vladimirsheiko.com

KIEV RADIO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The first public performance of the newly created Symphony Orchestra of Ukrainian Radio (Ukrainian Radio-Center that time), which was a notable even in the Ukrainian art and cultural life, happened on the 5th of October, 1929. The Orchestra was a part of the Radio-Theatre and consisted of 45 musicians. The head of the Orchestra talented conductor and Professor Yakiv Rozenshteyn. The best musicians of Kharkov, the former capital of Ukraine, were invited to the Orchestra.
Here is one of the articles of that time: “The historical days happened for the Ukrainian Radio-Center on the 5th and the 7th of October, 1929. What used to be a dream came true. The first Radio-Theatre was opened in Ukraine. These two performances were the first attempts of the musical art radio broadcasting. The Radio-Center’s Symphonic Orchestra had made a special impression among all other performers. Even thought the Orchestra was composed of the best musicians, conductor and Professor Rozenshteyn made it disciplined and improved musician’s teamwork in such a short period of time so one might be surprised. This gives us a hope that the Radio-Center’s symphonic Orchestra will become the best musical unit in Ukraine” (“Evening Radio”, newspaper. October 8, 1929). The Orchestra had started its first symphonic cycle with the P.I. Tchaikovsky works, which was opened with the 5th symphony and the 3rd orchestral suit on the 14th of October, 1929.
This was the beginning of the Ukrainian National Musical Radio Broadcasting history. This was followed by 80 years of the bright creative Orchestra life, full of high art and inspired labor. Due to the transfer of the Ukrainian capital to Kyiv and Republican Radio Committee reformation the Orchestra was removed to Kyiv and the number of musicians increased up to 60 persons. By the year of 1937 it becomes the only stationary Symphony Orchestra in Kyiv which practiced purely in symphony music.
Radio broadcasts and public concerts followed by the thousands of world and Ukrainian music records made by the Orchestra in favor of Ukrainian Radio Fund and the movie records has made an enormous contribution to the national culture treasury.
Musician’s hard work supervised by the best talented chief conductors has led the Orchestra to the highest level of the orchestral art. Herman Adler, Mykhailo Kanershteyn, Petro Polyakov, Kostyantyn Simeonov, Vadym Gnedash, Volodymyr Sirenko and Viatcheslav Blinov formed the collective while polishing its mastery and improving themselves together with the Orchestra.
The Orchestra was tempered in a collaboration with the prominent conductors of the 20th century: Mykola Kolessa, Nathan Rakhlin, Oleksandr Klimov, Isaac Pain, Genadiy Rozhdestvenskiy, Benjamin Tol’ba, Stefan Turchak, Fedir Gluschenko, Rikkardo Kapasso, Arild Remmerit and others. Volodymyr Sheiko has been heading the Orchestra since 2005.
The title of Honored collective and the academic status were granted to the Orchestra for special merits in the musical art development.
www.nrcu.gov.ua/en/symphony_orchestra

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