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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Musical Diplomat

A guest harpsichord soloist from Moscow's diplomatic community will join Misha Rachlevsky and the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra in concerts at the GUM department store and the Russian State Library (formerly the Lenin Library) this week.

Performing with the orchestra in Johann Sebastian Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and E major Concerto for harpsichord and strings will be Andrew Carter, minister and deputy head of mission at the British Embassy.

A graduate in modern languages of Cambridge University and a career diplomat for the past 25 years, Carter is also a trained musician, having studied at London's distinguished Royal College of Music. Through various diplomatic postings Carter has continued to pursue music as his principal hobby. He plays not only harpsichord, but also piano and organ, and has also served as a choral trainer and conductor.

The concert at GUM on Wednesday takes place in the Demonstration Hall, which is located on the third floor of the store's first line. For Thursday's concert, the orchestra plays in the Russian State Library Conference Hall, located on the building's third floor and reached through Entrance No. 3.

Besides the works of Bach with Andrew Carter, this week's program at both locations includes compositions by Vivaldi.

Tickets for the orchestra's performances at GUM and the Russian State Library, priced at 10,000, 20,000 and 50,000 rubles, can be bought at the door or ordered by phone or fax at 287-5274. The concerts begin at 7 p.m.