Gergiev in Philly | Lew Whittington

February 18, 2015 9:45 PM

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Gergiev in Philly | Lew Whittington

It was not without irony that Russian maestro Valery Gergiev was conducting Russian classics by Sergei Prokofiev and Dimitri Shostakovich for his two concert evenings in front of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Gergiev is principal conductor at the London Symphony Orchestra and artistic-general director of the storied Mariinsky Theatre, is a longstanding guest conductor with the Fab Phils.

He has been fielding criticicism where ever he appears lately for his reported close association with Vladimir Putin. In front of the Kimmel Center there were protests against the maestro and Putin's aggression in the Ukraine. Gergiev's association with Putin has also ignited protest by gay rights g...

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