The conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic spoke about the «Russian seasons» in Japan

© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite in Photobacterium Yuri Simonov. Archival photoThe conductor of the Moscow Philharmonic spoke about the «Russian seasons» in Japan© RIA Novosti / Vladimir Mackinderite the image Bank

The revival of tradition of holding abroad «Russian seasons» brings the Russian people and the peoples of other countries, said in an interview with RIA Novosti chief conductor of the Academic Symphony orchestra of the Moscow Philharmonic and Yuri Simonov.

On Wednesday, he held a concert in Tokyo in the framework held in Japan «Russian seasons».

This old tradition started over 100 years ago by Russian artist S. P. Dyagilev in Paris, starts to revive at the initiative of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Ministry of culture of Russia, with the support of the leadership of the Moscow Philharmonic society — home of the Philharmonic our country, said Maestro.

«And since our President became interested in that is a sign that Russian seasons will be carried out on a solid and serious level, that is, it will unite our people with the peoples of other countries», — says Simonov.

In his opinion, «politics, as always, ignore the true state of the culture of another country, the true opinion of the people of another country and culture, and it removes all the fences and prohibitions through these fences the sound of flies, and people begin to better understand each other, to understand that sometimes they are simply lying, and the music doesn’t lie,» says the conductor.

Music, he said, it is like a religion. «When I’m in control, I feel like a priest who tells the flock the Word of God… the art of Music is not a show, it is the intellectual penetration», — said Yuri Simonov.

The official opening ceremony of «Russian seasons» in Japan on June 4, with the participation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The Bolshoi theater has brought to the anniversary tour to Japan performances of «Giselle» and «Swan lake» staged by Yuri Grigorovich for the first time, «the Flames of Paris» directed by Alexey Ratmansky.

The program of the tour in Japan in the framework of «Russian seasons» also included the Mariinsky theatre, the Hermitage Museum, the Maly drama theatre, seaside Mariinsky theatre, the Moscow Nikulin circus, drama Theatre named after A. S. Pushkin Academy of Russian ballet named A. Y. Vaganova, Bolshoi Symphony orchestra. P. I. Tchaikovsky, the ballet Theatre. Jacobson, State academic theatre of classical ballet, Symphonic chapel of Russia, all-Russian state Institute of cinematography named after S. A. Gerasimov (VGIK), the Museum of musical named after M. I. Glinka, the State Cossack song and dance ensemble «Stavropol».

The program «Russian seasons» includes more than 200 events that will take place throughout the year in 42 cities throughout Japan.