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The Columbus Symphony’s Annual Russian Winter Festival: Tchiakovsky and Rachmaninoff

Conducted by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the Columbus Symphony’s 7th annual Russian Winter Festival offers a program that celebrates the great Russian composers through the virtuosity and talents of the Columbus Symphony musicians. The second half of the festival will include Tchaikovsky’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, featuring American Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan.

Prelude – Patrons are invited to join Maestro Milanov near the main stage for a 30-minute, pre-concert discussion.

The Columbus Symphony presents Russian Winter Festival II: Tchaikovsky & Rachmaninoff at the Ohio Theatre (39 E. State St.) on Friday and Saturday, January 21 and 22, at 7:30 pm, and Sunday January 23, at 2 pm. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased in-person at the CBUSArts Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), online at, or by phone at (614) 469-0939.

Respected and admired by audiences and musicians alike, Rossen Milanov is currently the music director of the Columbus Symphony, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and newly appointed chief conductor of the Slovenian RTV Orchestra in Ljubljana.

Milanov has established himself as a conductor with considerable national and international presence. He recently completed a seven-year tenure as music director of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias (OSPA) in Spain. Nationally, he has appeared with the Colorado, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Baltimore, Seattle, and Fort Worth symphonies, National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, Link Up education projects with Carnegie Hall and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and with the Civic Orchestra in Chicago.

Internationally, he has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra de la Suisse Romand, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Aalborg, Latvian, and Hungarian National Symphony Orchestras and the orchestras in Toronto, Vancouver, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic (South Africa), Mexico, Colombia, Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte, and New Zealand. In the Far East, he has appeared with NHK, Sapporo, Tokyo, and Singapore symphonies, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, and Malaysian and Hong Kong Philharmonics.

“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), Inon Barnatan has established a unique and varied career, equally celebrated as a soloist, curator, and collaborator. A regular soloist with many of the world’s foremost orchestras and conductors, he served as the inaugural artist-in-association of the New York Philharmonic for three seasons. This winter sees Barnatan’s return to the Chicago Symphony and London Philharmonic, his debuts with the Liverpool Philharmonic and Montreal Symphony orchestras, and recitals based on his Time-Traveler Suite (2021). The album merges Baroque movements by Bach, Handel, Rameau, and Couperin with movements by Ravel, Ligeti, Barber, and Thomas Adès to create a unique baroque-inspired suite, culminating in Brahms’ Variations on a theme by Handel.


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