The international cultural project 'Russian Seasons' of the Russia's Ministry of Culture keeps on operating in an online format. On 27-31 July 2020, new webcasts of cultural events powered by the leading Russian art companies will be presented as part of the 'Stay Home with Russian Seasons' initiative on https://russianseasons.org/ .
On Monday, July 27, the State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir will give its gala concert 'Jubilee Quadrille'. The performance took place on 12 February 2018, under the auspices of the 'Northern Choir in 6D Format' project timed to coincide with celebration of memorable dates significant for the culture of Pomorie and the history of Northern Choir. The final concert of the series was dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Ivan Zakharovich Merkulov, the chief choreographer of the Northern Choir from 1967 to 1991.
Svetlana Ignatieva, Art Director of the State Academic Northern Russian Folk Choir, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Professor of the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music recalled that Ivan Merkulov had created amazing choreographic acts for the Northern Choir which the ensemble treasures like gold. In his stage productions, Merkulov combined elements of folk choreography, dances of northern villages, carefully upholding the spirit of Russian dances, Russian round dance routines.
'Each new generation of artists gets the feel of the northern dance nature and passes it down to the next generation. Merkulov had reimagined the folk acts from the artist's perspective. All the traits of our northern style, austerity in everything, in appearance, in plastique, in dress - Ivan Zakharovich was perfectly understanding this nature of a northerner and expressed it in his stage productions. There is a very special value in this combination of genuine sense of the national lore and the artistic vision,' accentuated Svetlana Ignatieva.
During the online broadcast on July 27, the audience will enjoy a bright festive series of the choreographer's best dances. The program features the 'Hustle and Bustle of Shenkursk' dance, 'Vologda Lacework' round dance, 'Northern Barabushka' stage act, to name but a few.
The Northern Choir is one of the oldest folk art companies in Russia, the pearl of the culture of the Russian North, the genuine upholder of the northern folklore traditions. It incorporates a dance and a choir ensemble alongside a Russian folk instruments orchestra. The Northern Choir comprises only female vocals which results in its unique sounding. The hallmark of the choir is its recognizable Northern vocal polyphony. In the course of 90 years of its history, the company has toured an impressive number of countries around the globe, and everywhere it was received with invariable success.
On Wednesday, July 29, the St. Petersburg "Music Hall" Theatre will present online a recording of Georges Bizet's opera 'Carmen'. The production was presented at the Parade Ground of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoe Selo in July 2017, as part of the VI St. Petersburg International 'Opera for All' Festival.
'Carmen' is one of the most popular operatic performances the world over. Colorful characters, rapid action, and fascinating plot based on the renowned short story by French writer Prosper Mérimée, as well as easy memorability of its enchanting tunes make this opera one of the longest-running performances on any stage.
The opera naturally blended into the space of the Parad e Ground of the Catherine Palace due to its focus on the broad masses of listeners, marching rhythms, and its scene of action referring to the squares of a Spanish city.
The production was staged by director and producer Georgiy Isaakyan, conductor and music director of the festival Fabio Mastrangelo, Symphony Orchestra 'Northern Symphony' of the 'Music Hall' Theatre, Nice Opera Choir (France), Art Director Giulio Magnini, soloists Julia Gertseva (Switzerland), Vladimir Tselebrovsky, Sofia Nekrasova, Italian tenor Francesco Pio Galasso, stage designer Julia Goltsova.
On Friday, July 31, the 'Russian Seasons' website will telecast a symphony concert of the VII Trans-Siberian Art Festival. The concert's first part will feature Concerto for violin and orchestra by Alexander Glazunov, one of the most melodic works in the composer's oeuvre. The concert was given during the performances held at the Strasbourg Palace of Music under the auspices of the international cultural project 'Russian Seasons' in France in early March 2020. Soloist: Vadim Repin. In the second part of the concert, the audience will listen to Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 4 performed by the Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valentin Uryupin
Trans-Siberian Art Festival is a Russian Forum headed by a Russian musician Vadim Repin. The Trans-Siberian Railway that gives the festival its name not only reflects the idea of bringing together the cultures of the East and of the West but also an idea of joining a large number of Russian towns and other countries along a single artistic line. One of the major principles underlying the festival is extending global music space by inviting artists of the highest level to remote regions of Russia.
'At his time Diaghilev blew up the minds of conservative Europe by bringing Russian ballet, musicians, artists. That is why 'Russian seasons' have grown to become a symbol of new, fresh and unusual in art. I am delighted that a century later this project has been given a new lease of life, and I am proud that it is the fourth time that concerts of Trans-Siberian Art Festival have been its integral part,' notes Vadim Repin.
The webcasts start at 8 p.m.