15-19 of June, 2020 , the international cultural project 'Russian Seasons' will show new webcasts of cultural events brought to you by the leading artistic companies of Russia on the Stay home with Russian Seasons platform. The concerts will be available at https://russianseasons.org/ on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On June, 15, Monday, The Ural Youth Symphony Orchestra and the State Orchestra of the North Rhine-Westphalia will present aunique performance at the international Alpine Symphony project. The original concert took place a year ago on June 15, 2019 in the German city of Hamm during the opening of the KlassikSommer festival under the auspices of the 'Russian seasons'
The 125 piece joint Russian and German orchestra headed by Frank Berman will play 'An Alpine Symphony' penned by Richard Strauss, a grand scale composition dated to the late German romanticism which requires an incredible number of performers. The percissionist section employs more than 60 instruments, along with the traditional (amplified) and less common orchestral timbres (such as heckelphone, A-flat clarinet, or cow bells), it relies on the sounding of wind and thunder machines.
Apart from the Strauss masterpiece, some fine specimen of Russian musical culture will also be performed: the world's first presentation of the orchestra piece composed by a contemporary Russian author Olga Viktorova, 'In the Hall of the Mountain...' written specifically for this project and the legendary Sergei Rachmaninoff's opus 'The Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini' played by Yury Favorin, one of the most sought-after young Russian pianists.
The concert was organized by Russisch-Deutsche MusikAkademie e.V. with the support of LWL-Kulturstiftung together with the Philharmonic Society of North-West Germany and the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Society.
On Wednesday, June 17, the audience will see yet another company from the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic, the Ural Academic Philharmonic Orchestra. The programme features music of the great German composer Ludwig van Beethoven and his Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus ballet (the only ballet written by the master), Piano Concerto No. 3 (c-moll) and Symphony №5.
Beethoven's Fifth is charged with the spirit of self-esteem, the energy of heroism and humanistic philosophy. Composer's contemporaries would often compare him to the Greek titan-god Prometheus. Beethoven often said about his Piano Concerto No. 3: 'I keep the best concerts to myself' Keeping it from publishing until it's premier he was the first to play the concerto as soloist in April 1803.
The Urals musicians originally performed on September 27, 2019 in the Sverdlovsk Philharmonic Concert Hall (Ekaterinburg) conducted by Dmitry Liss who is also their artistic director. A famous piano player Vadim Kholodenko soloed at the opening.
In December 2020, the musical world will celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven's 250 years anniversary. Throughout the season, the Sverdlovsk State Academic Philharmonic Society supported the jubilee events in dedication of the composer starting from the first opening concert on 27th of September.
On Friday, June 19, the famous Russian producer Ilya Averbukh will show acolorful ice show Carmen, recorded in 2015 in Sochi in the Iceberg Skating Palace for the 'Russian seasons' audience. In November 2019 the show was shown in Germany's ISS DOME arena in Düsseldorf as part of the 'Russian seasons' programme.
The most extraordinary rendition of the popular plot about the young gypsy transports the viewer to Spain and makes them familiar with the country's emotional and vibrant life thanks to the best Russian figure skaters, amongst whom are Olympic, National and International champions. The ice musical show will dazzle the audience: the production blends together massive set design, blaring costumes, rocking visual effects, live vocals by the best Russian musical singers, circus stunts and fiery flamenco turning Carmen into one the most stunning shows in Averbukh's portfolio.
One of the specific features of the production is the combination of the classical and modern music. Thus, the ice-skating show is staged to the music by contemporary Russian composer Roman Ignatiev based on Georges Bizet's brilliant score.
Author, director, choreographer, libretto co-author, general producer - Ilya Averbukh. Libretto - Alexei Sneiderman. Producer, libretto co-author - Ekaterina Tsanava.
Performing cast: Carmen - Tatiana Navka, Police officer Jose - Roman Kostomarov, Toréador Ignacio Vola, also Doom - Alexei Yagudin, Pablo the light-house keeper - Maxim Marinin, José fiancée Micaëla - Oksana Domnina and others.
All webcasts start at 7pm CET .