During the Maslenitsa week, the first day of which coincides withtheInternational Women's Day, the audience of the ‘Stay Home with Russian Seasons' media platform will be able to enjoy newweb streams showing the authenticRussian culture and immersing them into the festive mood. We invite you to watch the concerts of the Grand Symphony Orchestra, the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic and ‘The Little Humpbacked Horse' production on the Russian Seasons website at 8 pm Moscow time.
On Tuesday, March 9 , ‘Russian Seasons' are going to present the concert given by the Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra. The program features two compositions by Sergei Rachmaninoff: the author's orchestral rendition of his most renowned piece, ‘Vocalise', as well as the Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor. The program is soloed by one of the leading Russian piano players of today Nikolai Lugansky, and conducted by the People's Artist of the USSR, Winner of the State Prize of the USSR and the State Prize of the RSFSR named after M.I. Glinka, full holder of the Order 'For Merit to the Fatherland', Art Director and Senior Conductor of the Tchaikovsky Grand Symphony Orchestra Vladimir Fedoseyev. The collaboration of these two notable musicians on stage is really an unparalleled event. The broadcast of the concert is dedicated to International Women's Day that has been celebrated worldwide the day before.
‘My first collaboration with Vladimir Fedoseev and the Grand Symphony Orchestra took place almost thirty years ago,' Nikolai Lugansky recalls, ‘and I will never forget those days. Back then, in 1992, we played together in Japan (the tour included 11 concerts). The atmosphere was warm and amiable. That Japanese tour was one of the most important steps in my career. We are on very friendly terms from that time on.
On Thursday, March 11 , the ‘Stay Home with Russian Seasons' platform will host the premiere of the literary and musical production ‘A Life-Long Dialogue. Myaskovsky vs Prokofiev' as part of the Anniversary 'Myaskovsky. Dialogues' project that takes place on 9-13 March at the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic. The project is dedicated to one of the leading symphonists of the first half of the 20th century, Nikolai Myaskovsky whose 140th Anniversary is celebrated in 2021. By dint of their correspondence and music, the inner world and the works of two friends and major composers of the Soviet epoch, Sergei Prokofiev and Nikolai Myaskovsky, will be conveyed on this night. They made friends as students and remained so for over 40 years. The program bills singer Maria Ostroukhova, pianists Yuri Favorin and Konstantin Tyulkin, masters of declamation Boris Zyryanov and Nikolai Rotov, as well as the program originator, prominent Russian music critic Olga Rusanova. The concert will be held with the support of the Russia's Ministry of Culture as part of the ‘All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons' program and will be the first event timed to coincide with the 85th Anniversary of the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic.
On Saturday, March 13, the viewers will be able to see the performance of the St. Petersburg Bryantsev Youth Theatre ‘The Little Humpbacked Horse', in Alexander Bryantsev's original stage direction. It is quite remarkable that the performance will be accompanied by the music played by a real orchestra. The tunes composed by P. A. Petrov-Boyarinov run through the entire production, perfectly rounding out the fanciful plot and accompanying plastic miniature scenes performed by the actors. The famous fairy tale by Pyotr Ershov will not let go of your attention for a second: Firebird, Csarina and other characters from a distant childhood will amuse the audiences with the broad range of scenic imagery and the beauty of costumes. Honored Artist of Russia Vladimir Todorov is the director of the current, already seventh rendition of this iconic production, brimming with folk humor and wit. The entire company of the Youth Theater partakes in the show. The production is timed so as to coincide with Maslenitsa in Russia. Which is an East Slavic traditional and religious holiday that has retained a number of elements of pagan worship. It is celebrated during the week before Lent, that is, the eighth week before the Orthodox Easter. Every year, the date of Maslenitsa varies depending on the Easter date. Its celebration relates to the Catholic Easter, with the only difference that the Orthodox fast begins on Monday, not Wednesday, and the Orthodox date for Easter may be very different from the Catholic one. Traditional attributes of Maslenitsa are the burning of straw effigies, sleigh rides, and outdoor games. On this occasion, it is customary to bake pancakes and flat cakes.
On this holiday, it is customary to bake pancakes and flat cakes. The webcasts start at 8pm Moscow time.