15th Moscow Easter Festival

19 May 2016

The 15th Moscow Easter Festival took place from 1 May to 17 May 2016 with the support of the Government of Moscow, the Russian Ministry of Culture, the Russian Ministry of Defense and the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

The festival was dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the great Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.

In accordance with tradition, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev played the main role in the festival. During the festival, many prominent musicians of our time, winners of Tchaikovsky Contest as well as the best ensembles and choirs from around the world took part in the events.

The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev started their performances on the eve of the festival — 29 April 2016. Over 19 days, similar performances took place in 20 Russian cities: Tula, Orel, Kursk, Smolensk, Vladimir, Moscow, Kazan, Yekaterinburg, Perm, Votkinsk, Izhevsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Krasnodar, Vladikavkaz, Astrakhan, and Saransk.

On May 2, 2016 the choral programme was opened in the Hall of the Church Councils at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, where the cantata Alexander Nevsky and the cantata for mixed choir and symphony orchestra Glory to Our Mighty Land by Sergei S. Prokofiev were performed.

The list of the countries that participated in the programme included Russia, Bulgaria, Georgia, Serbia, Armenia, Greece, and Sweden. There were 20 choirs that performed at the festival.

The “Sound of Bells” programme encompassed 26 churches in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ramenskoye, Sergiyev Posad, Istra, Zvenigorod, and Rzhev.

The charitable concerts of the Festival took place at officers’ clubs, military units, veterans’ homes, municipal hospitals, children’s homes, and children’s schools of music.

The climax of the 15th Moscow Easter Festival charity programme was a concert by the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev at Poklonnaya Gora in Moscow on 9 May, Victory Day.

Established in 2002 under the initiative by Valery Gergiev, both the artistic director and the director of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Moscow Easter Festival has over the years developed from a music festival into a cultural symbol of national significance.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is a partner of the Mariinsky Theatre. Assistance in organising Moscow Easter Festivals has become a feature of the long-term mutual cooperation.

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