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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rostropovich to Tour in Fall

Mstislav Rostropovich will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D. C. on a tour of the former Soviet Union this September, the U. S. Embassy said Tuesday.

Cesar Beltran, cultural attache at the embassy, said the orchestra, led by the former Soviet dissident, will perform concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Baltic capitals.

He said the orchestra is scheduled to arrive in Moscow on Sept. 22, and perform concerts here on Sept. 24, 25, 26 and 27. It will play at least one concert in the Moscow Conservatory, which is organizing the performances.

Rostropovich, a world-renowned conductor, was exiled to the United States in 1974, partly because he sheltered the dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He returned to the Soviet Union for the first time on a tour in 1990.