13th Moscow Easter Festival

04 June 2014

The 13th Moscow Easter Festival was held from April 20 to May 9 with the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. Traditionally, it includes symphonic, choral, chamber music programmes and bell-ringing week. This year the festival broke all its previous records in terms of the programme’s scope, its attendance and geographic coverage.

For the first time in the Festival’s 13-year history, the Symphony Orchestra, Brass Band, Stradivarius Band and Mariinsky Theatre’s Brass Quintet, led by Valery Gergiev, travelled across the country from Moscow to Kaliningrad and Vladivostok.

Citizens in these regions were treated to classical masterpieces by Rachmaninov, Wagner, Beethoven and Stravinsky, to name a few, but also had the chance to hear rare works performed by world-famous bands and some of the best contemporary musicians (Denis Matsuev, Nelson Freire, Pinchas Zukerman, Amanda Forsyth, etc.).

Within the framework of the Festival’s chamber music programme, leading singers of the Mariinsky Theatre Academy of the Young Opera Singers performed “Hits from Russian and West European Opera Music, Romances and Songs”.

When drawing up a choral programme, emphasis was placed on the participation of the children’s choirs. Therefore, Tölz Boys Choir (Bavaria, Germany), Mdzlevari Children’s Choir (Tbilisi, Georgia), Bratislava Boys Choir (Bratislava, Slovakia) and children’s choirs of Russia were given the opportunity to demonstrate their mastery.

As it was the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, the 13th Moscow Easter Festival included for the first time ensembles from the Armed Forces in its programme. Furthermore, some concerts were performed at regional officers clubs and military units as well as at the Alexandrovsky Concert Hall and the Central Academic Theatre of the Russian Army.

A significant share of the performances in the regions was organized for charity: free festival events were attended by veterans, students, young people, teachers, soldiers, cadets and socially vulnerable people, including pupils from children’s homes and residential schools.

In total, within the “Easter route”, 40 concerts were performed in more than 26 cities across Russia, including a pre-festival “musical marathon” concert series, which started on April 15 and took place in Pskov, Severomorsk, Murmansk, Belomorsk and Petrozavodsk among others.

During the bell-ringing week about 35 professional ringers from dozens of the Russian regions displayed to everyone the chimes of different development styles and periods of the Russian Orthodox Church’s bell-ringing music culture in more than 30 churches in Moscow, the Moscow Region and St. Petersburg, and on May 9 a traditional, open public free concert was held on the Poklonnaya Gora, and was dedicated to Victory Day.

The Moscow Easter Festival was started in 2002 on the initiative of Artistic Director and Director of  the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev. Education and public awareness are the fundamental principles of this annual cultural event.

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

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