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Topic - Valery Gergiev
Mariinsky is a Russian synonym for excellence. Whenever the Mariinsky Orchestra performs its magnificent repertoire led by the world-class conductor Valery Gergiev, the audience marvels. So it will on Monday when the Washington Performing Arts Society welcomes them to the Kennedy Center for an evening of three major works by composer Igor Stravinsky.
The Metropolitan Opera's Russian-themed opening night gala was disrupted by a protester critical of that country's anti-gay law.
Valery Gergiev has been appointed principal conductor of the Munich Philharmonic starting with the 2015-16 season.
Conductor Valery Gergiev is giving up some frequent flier miles and taking a few days off.
"A composer like Stravinsky gives us vast choices and opportunities to share his music with the world," Mr. Gergiev said.
"My room in the building is 12 meters from the place where Stravinsky met Tchaikovsky, and the home where he lived with his parents is only a few steps away," Mr. Gergiev said.