. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rachmaninoff Interpreted by Canadian

Moscow's Canadian community united to watch one of their compatriots mix it up with the locals last weekend.


Canadian pianist Paul Stewart joined Moscow's 90-member State Television and Radio Orchestra in a performance of Rachmaninoff's fourth piano concerto at the Moscow Conservatory's Great Hall on Saturday night.


"We would like to see more Canadian artists working with Russian artists here," said Greg Alton, a spokesman for the Canadian embassy, who added that there are 500 Canadians registered with the embassy in Moscow. But Alton estimates the number of Canadians living in Moscow is "probably double that."


The concert was attended by about 750 people. The State Television and Radio Orchestra was formed in 1978 by Alexander Mikhailov, who was recently killed in a car accident. Igor Golovchin, second conductor of the Moscow State Symphony, conducted.


In 1997, the State Television and Radio Orchestra plans to visit Canada.


The performance, arranged with the assistance of the Department of Cultural Affairs and International Trade of Canada, will be broadcast on June 14 on Radio 1 Moscow.