Culture and Art

09 May 2012 All projects

From Easter to victory

Easter is the time to give joy to relatives and friends. To prove this, the principal conductor of the Mariinsly Theatre Valery Gergiev each year gathers his colleagues and friends together to give the audience the joy of listening to some of the best examples of Russian and European classical music. And each year Moscow Easter festival embraces more and more Russian cities and exceeds the boundaries of the country. The opening ceremony of XI Moscow Easter festival took place on 15 April in the Great hall of Moscow Conservatory, where the Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and Valery Gergiev played musical pieces of Sergei Prokofiev: Symphony №1, Concert for piano with orchestra and Symphony №5. During the three and a half weeks of the festival from 15 April till 9 May 2012 around 150 concerts of symphony, chorus, chamber and chime music took place. The Festival ended with three grandiose concerts. On 8 May a fragment of III act of the opera “Valkyrie” by Richard Wagner, part of the epic tetralogy “the Ring of the Nibelung” was played in the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory. On midday on 9 May the centre of the Russian capital was filled with the final Easter chime of Christ the Savior Cathedral, performed by the best bell ringers of Russia. On the same day the Victory park on Poklonnaya Hill has played host to a traditional public concert of symphony music: Maestro Gergiev and the Symphony Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre gave Muscovites a 1,5 hour concert of live classical music in the open air. In the evening of 9 May the closing ceremony of the XI Moscow Easter festival took place. The Symphony programme featured the Seventh (Leningrad) symphony of Dmitry Shostakovich — the symphony, which was most influenced by the spirit of fight and the grandeur of Russian victory. RENOVA Charity Fund traditionally supports Easter Festival starting from 2008. In 2012, in the framework of this festival, the Fund has also organized a charity concert in the boarding school for children with poor vision in the village of Malakhovka.