The world-renowned Moscow State Symphony Orchestra is set to perform at the WVU Creative Arts Center on Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Mountainlair and CAC box offices, online at or by phone at 304-293-SHOW.

Led by critically-acclaimed conductor Pavel Kogan, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has become one of the most respected ensembles in Russia and throughout the world. Over the last two decades, the MSSO, known for its large scale composer retrospectives, has steadily expanded its repertoire beyond traditional Russian classics. Their stock includes compositions from abroad, including Scott Joplin, Schoenberg, Bernstein and Bartok. Kogan, the 1997 recipient of the National Prize of the Russian Federation, and the MSSO have traversed the globe, performing in the most prestigious of concert halls.

This dynamic group of musicians has experienced extensive development and change throughout the 60-plus years since the MSSO was formed by Nikolai Anosov. The orchestra has the distinction of a history of close relationships with prominent Russian composers, including Prokofiev, Myaskovsky and Gliere. Kogan, the MSSO’s conductor, is the son of famed violinists Leonid Kogan and Elizaveta Gilels, and has been educated in musical study at the Central Music School and Moscow Conservatory, both prestigious musical institutions in Moscow. This background has surely helped Kogan in creating the indispensable “inexplicable chemistry that emotionally connects [the orchestra] with the conductor” that he credits for his success as a conductor. At age eighteen, Kogan won first prize and the gold medal at the Sibelius International Violin Competition in Finland and has gone on to serve as the Principal Guest Conductor for the Utah Symphony in addition to his usual post as the head of the MSSO.

Tickets are on sale now at the WVU Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices. Ticket prices range from $27 to $42, depending on seat location. WVU Students can purchase tickets for $12 with a valid WVU Student I.D. Tickets can also be purchased online at or by phone at 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

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