18 Mar 2017
The XVI Moscow Easter Festival (April 16 – May 9, 2017)
The XVI Moscow Easter Festival will be held from April 16 to May 9, 2017, with the support of the Moscow Government, the Russian Ministry of Culture and Ministry of Defense and the blessing of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia. The Festival is dedicated to the 135th anniversary of Igor Stravinsky.
Symphonic Program. The Grand Opening Ceremony of the XVI Moscow Easter Festival will be held on Easter Sunday, April 16, at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Denis Matsuev and the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev will perform works by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Glinka. During the three weeks of the Festival, Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra will appear in more than 20 Russian regions including Moscow, Kazan, Almetyevsk, Naberezhnye Chelny, Orenburg, Magnitogorsk, Ekaterinburg, Surgut, Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Tomsk, Omsk, Perm, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Vladimir, Tula, Kursk, Rostov-on-Don, Vladikavkaz, Stavropol and Voronezh. Traditionally, a special train will be chartered by the Moscow Easter Festival to help deliver such a large-scale and eventful program.
The Festival’s Symphonic Program will also cover Vladivostok in Eastern Russia, with the performance by Seong-Jin Cho (the first Korean pianist to receive First Prize at the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw) at the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on May 2 and 4. Following a recital on May 2, two days later he will perform symphonic works of Ravel, Beethoven and Berlioz, accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre under the baton of Darrell Ang (Singapore), Grand Prix, Audience Prize and Orchestra Prize winner at the Besancon International Competition of Young Conductors.
The Symphonic Program of the Festival will feature the Mariinsky Orchestra conducted by Valery Gergiev as well as The Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble; pianists Denis Matsuev, Daniil Trifonov and Seong-Jin Cho; violinists Christophe Barati, Pavel Milyukov and
Lorenz Nasturica-Herschcowici; conductor Darrel Ang and many others.
The Festival’s Choral Program will start on April 17 at the Assembly Hall of the Church of Christ the Savior with the performance of the Mariinsky Choir conducted by Andrey Petrenko, Choir of Popov Choral Academy conducted by Alexey Petrov, State Academic Kozhevnikov Moscow Regional Choir conducted by Nykolay Azarov and State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Choir conducted by Evgeny Volkov. Choral concerts will be held in Moscow, Istra, Tver, Orekhovo-Zuevo, Balashikha, Kaluga, Klimovsk, Yegoryevsk, Sergiev Posad, Elektrostal, Mytischi, Staritsa, Khimki, Murom, Korolev, Veliky Novgorod, Serpukhov, Alexandrov, Zelenogradsk, Dmitrov, Rostov Veliky, Kolomna, Zaraisk and Tula. For the first time ever, the choral program will also be widely presented in Vladivostok: the Mixed choir of the Primorsky Metropolia conducted by Lyudmila Makarenko will appear at The Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre on April 17, prior to performing at the Cathedral of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin on April 25, whereas the Chorus of the Church of the Port Arthur Icon of the Blessed Virgin conducted by Elena Kochanovskaya will perform in this Church on April 26.
This year, the Choral Program features choirs from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Voronezh, Vladimir, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and Vladivostok, as well as from Greece, Serbia, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Sweden.
The festival brings together such ensembles as Mariinsky Choir, Choir of Popov Choral Academy, State Academic Kozhevnikov Moscow Regional Choir, State Academic Sveshnikov Russian Chorus, the Boys’ Choir of Sveshnikov Choral school, Russian Format male choir (Voronezh), National Osipov Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments of Russia, Russian Rhapsody Ensemble, Patriarchal Choir of the Christ the Savior Cathedral, Il Kanto female vocal ensemble (Novosibirsk), Preodolenie (Overcoming) Choir, Concert Choir of St. Petersburg, Festival Men's Choir of the Moscow Danilov Monastery, Mixed Choir of the Primorsky Metropolis (Vladivostok), Choir of the Church of the Port Arthur Icon of the Mother of God (Vladivostok), Capella of Boys and Young Men of Vladimir, Jazz Choir of the State Children's Philharmonic (Yekaterinburg), Harmony Children choir (Preveza, Greece), Byzantine Choir Moisey Petrovich (Belgrade, Serbia), Byzantine Chorus of Chania (Crete, Greece), Salutaris Chamber Choir (Minsk, Republic of Belarus), Hover Septet (Yerevan, Armenia), Mdzlevari Youth choir (Tbilisi, Georgia), Rolnicka Children's Choir (Prague, Czech Republic), Seven Saints chamber choir (Sofia, Bulgaria), Sofia Soloists chamber ensemble (Sofia, Bulgaria), and St Jacobs Vokalensemble (Stockholm, Sweden).
For the eighth time, as part of the Moscow Easter Festival, the Theatre Room of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich’s Palace at the Kolomenskoye Estate will host the Singing Russia Children's Easter Choral Festival of Orthodox Music, featuring choral groups of music schools’ students.
Chamber Program will start on April 16 in Tikhvin, Rimsky-Korsakov’s hometown, to continue in Gatchina, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Toliatti, Plyos, Yaroslavl, Yakutsk, Murmansk, Aldan, Neryungri, Suzdal, Smolensk, Nizhny Novgorod, and, for the first time, in Crimea (Simferopol, Yalta, and Sevastopol). The soloists of the Mariinsky Academy of Young Opera Singers and its artistic director Larisa Gergieva will present a program of Russian romances and world opera masterpieces, as well as a series of open rehearsals and master classes. The program will feature Togliatti Philharmonic Orchestra under the young conductor Timur Zangiev, Symphonica ARTica orchestra, Krivoshapko State Concert Orchestra of the Yakutia Philharmonic Society conducted by Natalia Bazaleva, and Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble conducted by Plamen Djurov.
Bells Program. The Bells concerts will traditionally take place at the most famous Moscow belfries including Zaryadye, Zamoskvorechye, Taganka as well as the Red Square and Danilov Monastery, in Kolomenskoye and Sokolniki parks. The Moscow program will be joined by belfries in Zvenigorod, Sergiev Posad, Istra, St. Petersburg, Uglich, Noginsk, Veliky Novgorod and Kamenskoye.
Charity Concerts. The XVI Festival’s Charity Concerts will traditionally take place in the officers’ clubs, orphanages and boarding schools as well as at the veterans’ centers and nursing homes. The Festival will also feature a concert by the Symphony Orchestra of the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre conducted by Pavel Smelkov in the Prince Volkonsky Garrison (Khabarovsk region). The culminating point of the Festival will be the traditional concert of the Mariinsky Orchestra under the baton of Valery Gergiev on Poklonnaya Hill on the Victory Day (May 9).