On 30 June 2020 , the 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' initiative launched in March by the international cultural project 'Russian Seasons' will mark 100 days. Over the past three months, free webcasts of concerts and performances by leading Russian cultural institutions, artistic groups and performers took place on the https://russianseasons.org/ website three times a week. In honor of this symbolic date, the online project will show viewers the most vibrant, impressive performances, along with those that scored the maximum number of views.
On Monday, June 29, Russian culture buffs will be able to see a concert by the 'Moscow Soloists' chamber orchestra conducted by Yuri Bashmet that was previously webcast on April 10.
The performance was given as part of the closing ceremony of 'Russian Seasons' in Germany at the end of 2019. At the famous Elbe Philharmonic, musicians performed compositions by Alfred Schnittke ('Trio Sonata for String Orchestra'), Kuzma Bodrov ('Five Reflections on the Paganini Caprice'), and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ('Souvenir de Florence', string sextet in D minor arranged for string orchestra).
Markedly, the concert was timed to coincide with the 85th Anniversary of Alfred Schnittke. Many high-ranking guests gathered at the Elbe Philharmonic that night, including former Chancellor of Germany Gerhard Schröder who appreciated the performance of the Russian ensemble in the most heartfelt words.
Thanks to the 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' project, the official recording of the concert is available to all enthusiasts of classical music.
On July 1, on Wednesday , anyone can watch online 'Romeo and Juliet', the magnificent ice show by Ilia Averbukh , first presented on the website on April 8. The recording was made in Italy as part of the 'Russian Seasons', at one of the most recognized venues in Europe, Arena-di-Verona.
''To me, the staging of 'Romeo and Juliet' was a confirmation that we had reached a fundamentally new level in the production of ice shows. And indeed, this is a show that meets the highest international standards. We succeeded in creating a performance that, in terms of its scale, bold visual and scenographic solutions, is significantly superior to everything that was created before,' remarks Ilia Averbukh.
'Romeo and Juliet on Ice' features the most celebrated Russian ice-skaters; thus, the main parts are performed by six Olympic champions at once, including Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, Alexei Yagudin and Roman Kostomarov. Olympic champions, five-time European champions, two-time World champions Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin will star as Juliet and Romeo. The production uses compositions by Prokofiev, Mozart, Bach, Mendelssohn alongside original scores penned by the leading composer of Russian musicals Roman Ignatyev.
Ilia Averbukh's performance at one of the most prestigious world venues, at the former ancient Roman amphitheater Arena-di-Verona located at the heart of the city, was not spoiled even by bad weather: despite the heavy rain, the show was sold out.
On July 3, Friday , the 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' project will broadcast the performance of the Russo-German Music Academy Orchestra conducted by maestro Valery Gergiev . The orchestra will play Piano concerto No. 3 by Sergei Rachmaninoff and a suite from the Firebird ballet by Igor Stravinsky. Piano soloist - famous Russian virtuoso musician Denis Matsuev.
The concert took place on 15 December 2019 in the Grand concert hall of the Konzerthaus Berlin under the auspices of the 'Russian Seasons' in Germany. On the website https://russianseasons.org/ , the concert was broadcast on May 6.
The Russo-German Music Academy Orchestra has been playing together for 5 years already and has proven itself as a highly professional youth team. It is comprised of young performers of largest German orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, The Gewandhaus Orchestra, The Staatskapelle Berlin and Dresden, as well as the representatives of Mariinsky Theatre.
Touring Moscow, St. Petersburg and Berlin, the orchestra performs classic and modern music by the Russian and German composers. The orchestra's musicians are recognized for their high performing skills, the orchestra is well known for the dramatic value of their programs and youthful gusto.
'Over the hundred days of its functioning, the online version of 'Russian Seasons' has become an independent, visible, and sought-after cultural project. Restrictions and lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, closed borders, the postponement of events turned out to be a real challenge for the Festival, however, we did our best to keep Russian culture accessible to the audience anywhere around the globe. The idea of establishing and developing an online platform was supported by the Project Ambassadors, participants of the 'Russian Seasons', and our partners. And most importantly - the webcasts proved to be in demand with the audiences! People found enjoyment, support and hope in them, since culture deals with everlasting values! I thank everyone involved in this process, we'll keep it going!' claimed Alexei Lebedev, Director of "Russian Seasons" INPO.
Beginning of all webcasts - 8pm Moscow time .