On the eve of Christmas, Thursday 24 December, Russian Seasons and the project's partners will present all viewers with a creative gift of their own - the premiere broadcast of a Christmas concert as part of the Stay Home with Russian Seasons digital initiative. It was held at the Faberge Museum. That evening the audience will hear beloved classics and Christmas hits. There will be international opera and ballet stars on stage, among them Elena Stikhina (soprano), soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre, winner of the Onegin National Opera Prize and the Golden Sofit Theatre Prize of Saint Petersburg, performing the best works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. The audience will also be treated to a surprise New Year's Eve performance by renowned pianist Nikolaus Rexroth and flautist Sofia Wieland, who will be performing their own musical vision of Johann Sebastian Bach's greatest works. The Mariinsky Ballet under the direction of Vladimir Varnava will also take to the stage, and well-known Alexandrinsky Theatre actor Vladimir Koshevoy will be performing Pushkin's and Brodsky's winter poems. Fans of the "Russian Seasons" will also be able to see performances by young talents, winners of international children's and youth competitions, including 14-year-old Vasily Pautov (trombone), 15-year-old Andrey Fedorov (trombone) and Ruslan Porvin (piano). Also 10-year-old Mikhail Pirozhenko, Denis Matsuev's New Names foundation scholarship holder, will be performing on stage.
The festive evening will also feature the beloved Christmas hits of the Mariinsky Theatre Ensemble RenaissancePercussion.
The broadcast will take place on 24 December at 20:00 Moscow time in the Stay Home section.