What is it about Russian music that so stirs the blood? It must be something embedded in the national character that emerges so forcefully in the works of its native composers. On the March program, Glinka's joyous whirl of sound, his Russlan and Ludmilla Overture, launches the evening, followed by Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No. 1. It's a work of exceptional depth that firmly bears his unique stamp. Rachmaninoff's Second, a symphony exhibiting soaring melodies and great strength, brings the evening to a brilliant climax.