A litany of accolades in the American Press from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle followed their twelfth North American tour last season. One American critic called the Prague Chamber Orchestra "a remarkably well-disciplined, excellent body of musicians in which each musician is a maestro." This world- renowned, 36-member ensemble begins its 1998 U.S. tour at The January Series with a repertoire ranging from baroque to today's leading composers. The Orchestra plays without a conductor, sustained instead by the superb musicianship of each player, unique in their exquisite precision, intonation, and balance. Two outstanding Russian soloists, the stunning pianist, Valentina Lisitsa, and the brilliant trumpeter, Sergei Nakariakov, complement this remarkable orchestra in its first appearance in West Michigan.