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The Moscow Symphony Rocks




The idea to present symphony orchestra in a non-traditional way first came to Stas Namin in 1990. He made the Orchestra perform with the full rock production – powerful PA system, lights, pyrotechnics and other visual effects. A new repertoire was arranged for the MOSCOW SYMPHONY ROCKS (MSR), the name for such an unusual symphony show. Along with the classical hits (like THE YEAR OF 1812. OVERTURE by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, SABRE DANCE by Aram Khachaturyan and POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE MARCH by Edward Elgar) it includes the symphony variations of PURPLE HAZE by Jimmy Hendrix, PAINT IT BLACK by Rolling Stones, famous hits of Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Doors and other rock legends.

The first performances of THE MOSCOW SYMPHONY ROCKS abroad were organized in 1990, followed by the 1991 tour around Great Britain with “Electric Light Orchestra – Part II”, which started at Wembley Arena, London. The video recording of this tour hit the British top rock charts.

Since 1991 THE MOSCOW SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA concentrated mostly on developing the classical trend in its work. It started touring the world as MOSCOW SYMPHONY ROCKS again in June 2006 in Haidian Park, Beijing, with the audience of 30,000. After that MSR was presented to the 50,000 audience at the performance on the City Hall Plaza of Seoul in September, 2006.

The first album of THE MOSCOW SYMPHONY ROCKS was recorded at the Grand Hall of Moscow Conservatory in September 2006.