Musical “English Seasons” to be held at Tsaritsyno

In honor of the UK-Russia Year of Culture, concerts will be held as part of the “English Seasons at Tsaritsyno” festival at the Tsaritsyno museum and reserve’s Bread House atrium. The event will be replete with exciting programs, including organ, vocal, instrumental, choir, and even opera music. Forgotten masterpieces will also be premiered at the festival.

“English Seasons at Tsaritsyno” will kick off with a chamber music concert on November 15. Listeners will have the opportunity to experience the marriage of the organ and the singing voice – a countertenor and his instrumental accompaniment, the violin. The audience will be treated to opera arias, love songs, and instrumental opuses written by 17th-18th century composers Dowland, Purcell, Stanley, and Handel.

On November 23, the festival will continue with a program called “Hallelujah Throughout the Centuries.” Brass music lies at the core of the program, which includes choir classic gems from the 19th-20th centuries by Stanford, Walton, and Elgar. A feast of sounds awaits the audience. The velvety notes of Arseniy Chubachin’s cello will accompany a rainbow of singing voices in outstanding 20th-21st century composer Sir John Tavener’s “Holy.” 

The climax and finale of the festival will occur on November 30, with a reconstruction and global premiere of the opera “Burya” (“The Tempest”), a classic of Russian music by Alexander Alyabiev based on the eponymous play by Shakespeare. Two very important dates were marked in 2014: Shakespeare’s 450th birthday and the 175th anniversary of Alyabiev’s “Burya,” an opera that has yet to be heard throughout the world and still awaits historical justice.


Read more about UK-Russia Year of Culture on The Kompass, RBTH special section

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