Valery Gergiev will give talk at Musco Center for the Arts

Hailing from Russia’s fabled Mariinsky Theatre, Artistic and General Director Valery Gergiev will give a talk moderated by Conductor Daniel Wachs, Chapman University Associate Professor and Director of Orchestral Activities, at Musco Center for the Arts on October 20 at 3pm. Maestro Gergiev will speak about his esteemed work and the future of classical music prior to introducing a recital by his mentees, the award-winning opera singers of the Atkins Young Artists Program.

As he continues his two-decade long tenure as the head of the fabled Mariinsky Theatre, Maestro Gergiev has been hailed as a profound force who revitalized the venerable institution, which premiered iconic works by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, and Rimsky-Korsakovback, to prominence on the world stage.

He has won innumerable international awards and allocates for his bold artistry and leadership. His conversation with Conductor Wachs will begin at 3pm and Maestro Gergiev will introduce the Atkins Young Artist Program recital at 4pm. The event is free with required reservation.

“Valery Gergiev is an in-demand principal conductor and international arts leader,” said Richard T. Bryant, Musco Center executive director. “His strong focus on musicianship and the development of young talent aligns with the vision of Musco Center; we’re working to cultivate and inspire the next generation of performing artists, while engaging the university and surrounding communities.”

The Atkins Young Artist Program recital, which begins at 4pm, will feature Dmitry Grigoriev, bass, Vladislav Kupriyanov, baritone, Aigul Khismatullina, soprano, and Anastasia Schegoleva, soprano performing a mixed program of Italian and Russian opera arias and Russian romances that form the basis of the classical Mariinsky repertoire. The program’s master coach and advisor, Craig Rutenberg, will accompany the singers on piano. Mr. Rutenberg was formerly Director of Music Administration at the Metropolitan Opera from 2006 to 2015.

“We’re grateful to the Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Segerstrom family for bringing Maestro Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra to Southern California, which allowed Chapman University to enhance its academic mission by hosting an educational talk and performance by these emerging singers,” said Bryant.

For more information on Maestro Gergiev and the Atkins Young Artists Program performers contact Heidi Darby at

Tickets for October 20 are free with a required reservation through the Musco Center online at or by calling the box office at 844-OC-MUSCO (844-626-8726). All print-at-home tickets include a no-cost parking pass. Musco Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Chapman University at 415 North Glassell, Orange, Calif.

Atkins Young Artists Program is a project, bringing to Mariinsky world’s leading teachers, coaches, tutors and consultants on the art of singing, traditions and practices of opera performing, languages, music styles, acting techniques, interpretation, stage movement, etc. Atkins Fellows are young singers, whose talents have been publicly acknowledged at most prestigious international competitions and festivals. The Program provides them with exceptional opportunities for artistic development and professional growth. Together with chances to master their vocal skills, Atkins Fellows perform and tour with the core Mariinsky troupe as well as with their own concert and charity concert programs, study in Europe and the USA, work with theater administrators and managers, PR agencies and have opportunities to audition for future engagements with most successful artistic agencies, opera companies and chamber ensembles.

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