Illustrious Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra Performs Brahms at FSC

Feb 15, 2018

by FSC Staff

Germany’s oldest orchestra – and one of its most acclaimed – will bring the music of Johannes Brahms to Florida Southern College’s Branscomb Auditorium in a spectacular evening of music. 

The Staatskapelle Weimar Orchestra, on its first North American tour, will give an all-Brahms concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 as part of FSC’s Festival of Fine Arts. The concert will feature violinist Valeriy Sokolov performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major and the Symphony No. 1 in C minor with the orchestra under the baton of Music Director Kirill Karabits.

There will be a pre-concert presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall, adjacent to Branscomb Auditorium, given by Dr. Kira Omelchenko, director of strings and orchestra at FSC.

Sokolov, a native of Ukraine, has appeared with many of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles and has recorded the violin concertos of Sibelius, Bartok and Tchaikovsky for Erato Records. He is artist-in-residence with Staatskapelle Weimar for its 2017-2018 season.

Staatskapelle Weimar is Germany’s oldest orchestra, founded in 1491. In its history, it has been associated with the world’s most famous composers and musicians, including Johann Sebastian Bach, Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss. The orchestra gave the premieres of several beloved operas, among them Wagner’s Lohengrin and Saint-Saens’ Samson and Delilah.

Tickets for the concert are $18 for adults and $9 for students. They can be purchased online at, by phone at (863) 680-4296, or in person at the Branscomb Auditorium box office from 2 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.