Behind the scenes SPIEF: Gergiev, Cords and favorite singer of the Pope

© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty in fotoankaufe to the opening of the St. Petersburg economic forum. Archival photoBehind the scenes SPIEF: Gergiev, Cords and favorite singer of the Pope© RIA Novosti / Alexei Danceparty the image Bank

Members and guests of the St. Petersburg international economic forum (SPIEF), which will be held in St. Petersburg from 1 to 3 June, in addition to the saturated business programme will be able to visit a number of cultural events – from gala evenings with the participation of Valery Gergiev and the beloved singer of the Pope soprano Chiara, Taiji to concerts of popular bands «Leningrad», «DDT» and «Mumiy Troll».

SPIEF has been held since 1997, and since 2006 is held under the patronage and with the participation of the President of the Russian Federation. The forum has become the world’s leading platform for communication of representatives of business circles and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets and the world at large. This year the forum will be held in the Northern capital on June 1-3. Participation in the forum to date, 39 have confirmed of Ministers from 26 countries. The total number of participants — more than five thousand people.

Media group «Russia today» and included in her economic information Agency «Prime» are the information partners of the forum.

Every year during the forum of cultural and social life in Petersburg «swing», the evening program schedule is very tight. Deputy Minister of culture of the Russian Federation Alexander Zhuravsky told reporters that during the SPIEF will involve many cultural sites of St. Petersburg, among them the Alexandrinsky, Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky theatres, which «will provide an interesting and exciting programme to suit all tastes for participants and guests.»

In addition to the official cultural programme will be held and private parties with participation of popular groups and performers. Last year the social life of the PIEF is remembered with a performance of Nikolai Tsiskaridze in drag, at a charity evening at the Mikhailovsky theatre, the artistic Director of the Mariinsky theatre Valery Gergiev, St. Petersburg with the participation of Garik Sukachev.

Governor’s reception

This year the traditional Governor’s reception will be held on the second day of the forum.

«Given the fact that the property in the past year very much in the Central exhibition hall «Manege», we decided to spend the evening there. Allocated the same amount — 15 million rubles. I do not think this economy — we spend as long as necessary to get a decent in Saint Petersburg the event,» said St. Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko in an interview to the leading news agencies of Russia.

The guests will get acquainted with the exhibition of works of the artist from Buryatia, Dashi Namdakov, will be also presented at the exhibition Best of Russia project, who will talk about the life of the country in the most vivid photos.

«To perform at the reception will be a wonderful Russian musicians. Loved all the tunes will be performed by jazz ensemble Ars-Nova-Jazz under the direction of honoured artist of Russia Peter Korneva and the famous baritone of the Mariinsky theatre, people’s artist of Russia Vasily Gerello. Guests also will meet with one of the brightest phenomena of the Russian music scene of the XXI century — the St. Petersburg Band Billy’s Band», — said the Governor.


On the eve of the forum in the Mikhailovsky theatre will take place concert, with the participation of ballet stars: Denis Rodkin (Bolshoi theatre), Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Irina Perren and Marat Shemiunov (the Mikhailovsky theatre) and others. The concert will launch a Year of struggle against melanoma. Its main aim is to increase the awareness of the public and physicians about methods of prevention and treatment.

On the same day in the armorial hall of the State Hermitage will open the musical festival «Palaces of St. Petersburg». Choir of 120 people will perform the Opera Mascagni «Cavalleria Rusticana», soloist – prima from Italy, a favorite singer of the Pope’s Chiara, Taiji and the famous Spanish tenor Sergio Escobar. For the panel «Tavrichesky» orchestra will be one of the best contemporary conductors — Marco Guidarini. The festival also will be held in the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, where countertenor David Daniels. His performance will include arias from Farinelli repertoire, the operas of Vivaldi, Handel, Monteverdi, Morrison, and works by Gershwin.

Loft Department store «DLT» will be an event for philanthropists battle from the Charity Fund «Friends» to participate in it will need a charitable contribution. In the atmosphere of the rock festival will be the financiers Ivan Streshinsky, Vladimir Zhelonkin, Dmitry Razumov, Igor Kamensky, Alan Crewe and others. To the event will be the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the «Friends» Ivan Urgant.

An evening of classical music will be held in Mikhailovsky castle on 1 June. The concert will feature the leading soloists of the Mariinsky theatre Maria Bayankina and Alexei Markov, as well as the group «Moral code». In the concert hall of the Mariinsky theatre will perform Yuri Bashmet with the Russian youth Symphony orchestra. In the first part of the concert the soloists will be the young musicians. In the second part, the soloist, Bashmet will perform works by max Bruch and Beethoven.

At the Palace square on June 3 will be a big concert «Petersburg Life», dedicated to the 55th anniversary of Viktor Tsoi, which will perform popular rock band: «picnic» «the Pilot» «Kukryniksy», «the Northern Fleet», «team contract». They sing a song of group «Cinema». In addition, on the large festival screens you will see rare footage of performances, interviews with Choi and rare archival recordings from the private collections of family and friends.

On the same day at the Alexandrinsky theater will take place the concert of one of the most successful music groups in Italy, the Milan Symphony orchestra. Giuseppe Verdi. In program works by Tchaikovsky and Brahms.


The forum guests will also be able to visit the exhibition «Tsarskoye Selo Arsenal. The Imperial collection of weapons» in the city of Pushkin in the Alexander Park. Among the exhibited objects of a collection of Oriental edged weapons, firearms of XVIII—XIX centuries, the subject of European arms and equipment of the XVI—XVII centuries, including armor, helmets, halberds, swords, items of harness. The state Hermitage Museum has provided from its collection for temporary storage of rare artifacts — armor of the XVI century.

The Faberge Museum in the Shuvalov Palace, you can admire the masterpieces of the Imperial Easter series, which was created by order of the last two Russian emperors. In addition, the Museum presents Cabinet gifts, items, lapidary art, enamel, silver, a collection of Russian icons in precious settings.

Receptions and parties

Classical fans will be able during the forum to look at the Mariinsky theatre Opera «Prince Igor», «betrothal in a monastery» and the ballets «don Quixote» and «Swan lake.» The production of immortal works of Tchaikovsky will, and at the Alexandrinsky theatre. The Mikhailovsky theatre invites guests of the SPIEF to the ballet «La Sylphide» to the music of Herman Levenshulme in a version by the Danish choreographer August Bournonville.

For a vivid social life, traditionally, meet the largest Russian banks and companies, arranging private parties. Schedule private parties with RIA Novosti said one of the organizers.

So, guests of the forum will find rich evening entertainment on the opening day of SPIEF. Confederation of Indian industry has prepared for its guests a colorful entertainment program: folk dances, Indian fashion show, music in the genre of Bollywood.

At the party one of the banks in the Hermitage guests will sing Opera diva Anna Netrebko, the other admission to the Faberge Museum will perform Italian Opera and variety singer Alessandro Safina, another party will be held at the Studio «Lenfilm», which invited Dieter Bohlen from Modern Talking.

The artistic Director of the Mariinsky theatre Valery Gergiev on June 2 will give a dinner in Tsarskoe Selo, in the framework of the festival «stars of the white nights». On the same day will be a traditional party of businessman Mikhail Prokhorov in the restaurant «Shatush». The head of company RUSAL Oleg Deripaska will welcome guests on the terrace a «W» on the evening of the expected performance of the group «Mumiy Troll». The group of Sergey Shnurova «Leningrad» will give a concert in the restaurant «Ginza», and Buddha Bar singer Grigory Leps.

For sport enthusiasts, June 3, will be organized the Golf tournament, which will end with a gala dinner at the Golf club «Peterhof». Dance at the closing day of the forum guests at the performance of the group «Disco Crash» in «Ginza».