St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Orchestra is one of the oldest and most revered in Russia. Renamed the Kirov Orchestra by Stalin, the ensemble reclaimed its original name after the fall of the Soviet Union. Under the tireless direction of the powerhouse conductor Valery Gergiev, the orchestra tours constantly. This fall they bring a program featuring great works by Igor Stravinsky, the Petersburg native who spent much of his later life in West Hollywood (with numerous appearances at the Hollywood Bowl). Some criticize Gergiev for snuggling up to Putin, but there’s nobody better to interpret Stravinsky. Oct. 25, The Soraya CSUN (18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge). thesoraya.org.
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