14th Moscow Easter Festival

13 May 2015

The 14th Moscow Easter Festival, supported by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, was held between April 12th and May 9th. The Festival was extensive in both its geographic scope and the number of excellent musical events. It commemorated two crucial dates in the history of the world and musical culture: the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II and the 175th birthday of the great Russian composer, Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

As per tradition, the Festival programme consisted of symphonic, choral, chamber music and bells week.

Across just 29 days the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra and conductor Valery Gergiev travelled 17,000 kilometers on a train specially commissioned for the Moscow Easter Festival. They appeared in 27 cities across Russia, from Smolensk and Volgograd to Kemerovo and Barnaul, as well as in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. For its part in the Festival the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev gave a total of 49 concerts.

This year the unprecedented geographic sweep of the Festival’s choral programme ranged from Heroic City Novorossiysk on the Black Sea to Anadyr, the capital of Chukotka, located at the very edge of Russia’s Northeast. There were also concerts in Heroic Cities Moscow and Tula, and in the cities of military glory Tver, Arkhangelsk, Dmitrov, Mozhaisk and Kozelsk as well as Tobolsk, Salekhard, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Zaraysk, Kirillov, Mytishchi, Korolev, Kaluga, Alexandrov, Murom, Istra, Vologda, Rostov Veliky, Yaroslavl, Kolomna, Noginsk, Khimki, Yegorievsk, Staritsa and Serpukhov.

The chamber programme stretched from closed territorial-administrative facility Gadzhiyevo on Kolsky Bay in the Barents Sea to Yakutsk. Concerts, vocal master classes and open rehearsals were also offered in Moscow, Klin, Zelenograd, Lipetsk, Yoshkar-Ola, Kostroma, Abakan, and Murmansk.

The bells programme this year for the first time went beyond Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Public bell ringing concerts by the best current practitioners of the art were heard in Zagornovo and Ilyinsky in the Ramensky region, in Istra, Zvenigorod, Sergiev Posad, Rostov Veliky, as well as on the Solovetsky Islands and in the cities of military glory, Veliky Novgorod and Rzhev.

Initiated by the artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev, the Moscow Easter Festival first started in 2002.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is a partner of Mariinsky Theatre and supports all its events.

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