From 8 April to 9 may this year in the 17th time will host the Moscow Easter festival, which is organized by world-famous conductor Valery Gergiev.
The festival is held under support of the Moscow government, the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation and with the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. Traditionally, the festival will present four programs: symphonic, choral, chamber and bell-ringing.
On 8 April, the Day of Holy Easter, Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre conducted by Gergiev will give two concerts in Moscow. The first concert will begin at 12:00 in the Concert hall named after P. I. Tchaikovsky. Jointly with the Moscow Philharmonic will be carried out live broadcast of this speech for the Far East and other regions of Russia. And in the evening in the Great hall of the Moscow Conservatory will take place the solemn opening of the festival.
Then the band will embark on one of the most ambitious tours in history Easter festival, the press service of the Mariinsky theatre. The musicians of the Symphony orchestra and Gergiev plan to overcome more than 20 thousand kilometers and to cover their performances almost 30 cities of Russia: Moscow, Voronezh, Vladikavkaz, Volgograd, Saratov, Kazan, Tyumen, Novosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Omsk, Surgut, Yekaterinburg, Naberezhnye Chelny, Almetyevsk, Kirov (the first time), Yaroslavl, Cherepovets, Vologda, Arkhangelsk, Murmansk, Petrozavodsk, Saint-Petersburg, Smolensk, Bryansk, Belgorod, Orel.
The festival will feature soloists, chorus and orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre, the “Stradivari-ensemble” of the Mariinsky theatre Brass ensemble of the Mariinsky theatre, as well as pianists Denis Matsuev, Behzod Abduraimov, Ivan Bessonov, Ilya rashkovskiy, violinist kristóf baráti, Eric Silberger, Lorenz nasturica-herschcowici, Pavel Milyukov, cellists Narek hakhnazaryan, Alexander Ramm, Alexander Buzlov, vocalists Julia Lezhneva members Atkins – Aigul Khismatullina, soprano (Vladivostok), angelina Akhmedov, soprano (Tashkent, Uzbekistan), Vladislav Kupriyanov, baritone (Samara)Anna Muradyan, soprano (St. Petersburg), Ekaterina Sannikova, soprano (St. Petersburg), Anastasia Shchegolev, soprano (Moscow), and many others. South Korean pianist son Jin Cho will perform at the festival twice – in Moscow and St. Petersburg (may 1 and 2).
The symphonic program will join the seaside stage of the Mariinsky theatre in Vladivostok: April 11, there will be soloists, choir and Symphony orchestra of the Seaside scenes of the Mariinsky theatre choir Seaside metropolis (Regent – Ludmila Makarenko), and April 21 – Symphony orchestra and choir Seaside scenes of the Mariinsky theatre.
The Easter festival is traditionally held in orphanages and boarding schools, homes for the disabled and veterans. The highlight will be the traditional concert of the Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre under the baton of Gergiev on Poklonnaya hill in Moscow on may 9 – Victory Day.