Classical: BBC Philharmonic

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The young Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan renews his association with the BBC Philharmonic this evening, in an all-Russian programme helmed by Gianandrea Noseda (left), the orchestra's principal conductor and a guest conductor at Valery Gergiev's Kirov in St Petersburg. The 19-year- old is soloist in Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No 1, a work written for the Jewish violinist David Oistrakh in 1948 that remained unperformed while Stalin was alive; its quoting of Jewish melodies was a comment on the anti-semitism of the Soviet state. The concert opens with Shostakovich's orchestration of the Prelude to Mussorgsky's unfinished opera, Khovanshchina, and concludes with Scriabin's Symphony No 3, The Divine Poem. In a talk at 6.30pm, the Independent's Lynne Walker is in conversation with the music writer David Nice about the work of Scriabin.

Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley St, Manchester (0161-907 9000) tonight, 7.30pm, pounds 7-pounds 28