Large-scale events hosted by the international cultural project “Day of Russia in the World – Russian Day” timed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the day of the adoption of the Declaration of State Sovereignty of the Russian Federation will be held the concert halls of New York, Paris, Jerusalem, Rio de Janeiro, and Beijing.
Five acclaimed orchestras, choirs, and chamber ensembles from Russia will hold concerts on this day, said the organizers at a press conference in Moscow.
The concerts by the famous collectives will take place sequentially on 12 June at different points around the world. The celebrations will kick off in Beijing, where the St. Petersburg State Capella Choir will perform at the National Centre for the Performing Arts under the direction of Alexander Chernushenko. As the writer and director of the project Yuri Laptev noted, “the Chinese side requested that the choir performed, which is especially pleasant: it is known and loved here.” Mikhail Glinka’s lyrical fantasy Kamarinskaya, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol, Peter Tchaikovsky’s two cantatas – Moscow, and Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky will be heard here. Moreover, one of the television channels should be providing transmission of the performance throughout the whole country.
A concert by the Pyatnitsky State Academic Russian Folk Choir will then begin in Jerusalem.
Next in the line will be the Sveshnikov State Academic Russian Choir performing at the Salle Gaveau in Paris. The choir’s artistic director Evgeny Volkov said that “in the program there are many songs from the first wave of the Russian emigration, those that were heard in Paris in the early 20th century when Fedor Chaliapin, Aleksander Vertinsky, and Russian choirs performed there.” Also to be performed is the premier of the famous song “Le Chant des Partisans” as arranged by the composer Aram Khachaturian.
Upon the completion of the Paris concert, the “Soloists of St. Petersburg” Chamber Ensemble will begin its performance of works by Antonio Vivaldi, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, and a Grieg suite at the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro (Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro).
The Day of Russia in the World will draw to a close in New York on the stage of Carnegie Hall. The St. Petersburg Philharmonia Academic Symphony Orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 here.
According to the organizers, in the years to come, the acts must encompass other world capitals, as well as other artistic spheres. Next year, it is planned for the Day of Russia in the World to be hosted in London, Vienna, Berlin, and San Paulo; and theatrical and ballet shows and exhibitions will be included in the events.
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