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Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine

Theodore Kuchar, Principal Conductor

Friday, FEBRUARY 17, 2023 at 7:30PM

At State Theatre New Jersey

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THEODORE KUCHAR, Principal Conductor

STANKOVYCH, Chamber Symphony No. 3 for Flute and String Orchestra
GRIEG, Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16
BEETHOVEN, Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

Founded in 1902, the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine is one of the nation’s largest and most internationally renowned ensembles. The program includes a chamber symphony by Ukrainian composer Yevhen Stankovych; Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor with Ukrainian piano soloist, Oksana Rapita; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A Major.

During its first season in 1902, the orchestra performed nearly 115 concerts, featuring the symphonies of Beethoven, symphonic works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Dvořák, Bruckner, Mahler, Saint-Saëns, and Tchaikovsky. Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, and Mieczyslaw Karlowicz performed as invited conductors with the orchestra during this first season.

In 1933, the orchestra became incorporated as the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine and was led by Adam Soltys. He actively worked with the orchestra until 1938. During this period, the orchestra collaborated in performance with prominent composers Maurice Ravel, Béla Bartók, and Karol Szymanowski, as well as soloists Anton Rubinstein, Ferruccio Busoni, Wanda Landowska, Leopold Godowski, Jacob Milstein, and Eugene Ysaye, among many others.

With the advent of the Soviet regime, the orchestra was led by Isaac Pain. Lviv conductor and composer Mykola Kolessa was also invited to work with the orchestra. During the German occupation, in 1941–1944, the Philharmonic did not operate. In the postwar period, the orchestra had to be re-assembled, which was the joint effort of Isaac Pain, Dionysius Khabal, Nestor Hornytsky, and Mykola Kolessa.

After two seasons as the orchestra’s Principal Guest Conductor, Theodore Kuchar was appointed the Principal Conductor of the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine in 2022.

The Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine has toured extensively around the world, including Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and The People’s Republic of China. During the past several seasons, they have completed highly acclaimed recordings for major international labels including Naxos and Brilliant Classics.

About the Soloist

One of the most prominent Ukrainian pianists of the present day, Oksana Rapita is a laureate of the Mykola Lysenko International Piano Competition (1984), and a top prize-winner at the Paloma O’Shea International Piano Competition (1990, Spain).

Rapita is a Professor at the National Music Academy in Lviv and over the past two decades she has trained more than 50 laureates of major international competitions. 

The piano repertoire of Rapita includes works from the baroque to the present day. She has performed more than 20 world premieres of works by Ukrainian and foreign composers, taken part in numerous recording projects of music by Ukrainian composers including Stanislav Lyudkevych, Miroslav Skoryk, Yuriy Lanyuk, and Oleksandr Kozarenko, among many others. 


Featuring Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra
Benefitting the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and STNJ Classical Presentations

Friday, February 17, 2023
6:00pm — Cocktail Party
7:30pm — Performance

The Classical Season Celebration is an annual fundraising event held at State Theatre New Jersey. Created to acknowledge and celebrate the classical performing arts, all proceeds from this event support the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and year-round classical and education programming at the State Theatre. Learn more »

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