SAT, JAN 22, 2022 | 7:30pm

Please note: there will be no pre-concert chat or post-concert reception

This concert has been postponed (as of January 13, 2022) due to the current high rate of COVID-19 transmission. A new date has not yet been determined. Visit for more details on this announcement as well as options for current ticketholders.




Buzovkina | Imitation of Life
Shostakovich | Violin Concerto No. 1 in A Minor
Sibelius | Symphony No. 7 in C major


The orchestra’s first concert of 2022 begins with the U.S. premiere of Imitation of Life by award-winning composer Ekaterina Buzovkina, a recent graduate of the State Musical Institute in Moscow.

Carrying on the Russian theme is the evening’s soloist: Igor Pikayzen, grandson of legendary violinist Viktor Pikayzen. The Moscow-born graduate of the Juilliard School and the Yale School of Music joins the orchestra to play Dmitri Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a work that calls for incredible technical facility.

Following intermission, Music Director & Conductor Toshiyuki Shimada will lead the orchestra in a performance of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius’s Symphony No. 7, completed in 1924, one of the most beautiful and evocative of 20th-century symphonies, despite or because of its unusual single-movement structure.