The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation traditionally supported the XVII Moscow Easter Festival
According to tradition, the festival ended with a charity concert of the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev on Poklonnaya Hill in honour of the Great Victory Day, which gathered more than 300,000 spectators. Together with the group, pianist Behzod Abduraimov performed.
The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev covered more than 35,000 kilometres in 32 days and performed in 30 cities of Russia, as well as in China at the Modest Mussorgsky Festival in the Beijing National Centre for the Performing Arts, in Germany at the 20th anniversary of the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden — the largest European venue regularly implementing large-scale Russian projects, and in Switzerland in the main halls of Zurich, Geneva and Lucerne with the cycle of all symphonies by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. In total, the group gave 55 concerts, 11 of which were charitable.
The participants of the festival were soloists, the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev, the Stradivarius Ensemble and the Brass Ensemble of the Mariinsky Theatre, as well as pianists Seong-Jin Cho, Denis Matsuev, Behzod Abduraimov, violinists Kristóf Baráti, Eric Silberger, Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici, Pavel Milyukov, cellist David Geringas, vocalists Eva-Maria Westbroek, Albina Shagimuratova.
This year, one of the innovations in the framework of the Special View program of the Foundation for Support of Visually Impaired People was the adaptation with audio descriptive commentary of the classical productions of the Mariinsky Theatre in Vladivostok and St. Petersburg for blind and visually impaired people. As maestro Gergiev noted, the Mariinsky Theatre would develop this direction, providing people with disabilities with equal access to cultural values and helping to integrate them into society.