In Moscow, opened the festival in honor of the 85th anniversary of composer Rodion Shchedrin

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in fotoracconti in the Great hall of the Moscow Conservatory. Archival photoIn Moscow, opened the festival in honor of the 85th anniversary of composer Rodion Shchedrin© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

Moscow state Philharmonic society has prepared a festival of four concerts for the anniversary of the classics of Russian and world music, composer Rodion Shchedrin, who on December 16 will celebrate 85 years, the concerts will be held 15, 16, 21 and 22 December.

On Friday, the festival in the Concert hall of the Tchaikovsky festival will be opened by Russian national orchestra headed by artistic Director and principal conductor Mikhail Pletnev. Maestro this evening will act as a conductor and pianist. The concert will feature the participation of Chamber choir of the Moscow Conservatory, in the program music of Shchedrin. Rodion Shchedrin — the representative of the Russian constellation of the sixties with a special style. The composer developed in his work Russian themes: Opera and ballet created almost exclusively based on the works of Russian classics: Gogol, Chekhov, Leskov, Tolstoy, Nabokov.

«It is a great pleasure and honour that this festival will be held on the ground in Moscow, where I was born. My anniversary is observed and celebrated on such a large scale and widely. And I would like to Express my gratitude to all who took part in the organization of the festival and all its participants, and special thanks to Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev and who accept in it active participation», said Shedrin at a press conference on the eve of the festival.

One of the most popular, performed and published composers of our time will honor outstanding musicians. So, in concerts from 16 December – the birthday of the composer, as well as 21 and 22 December three times with the orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre headed by Valery Gergiev. In the program of the anniversary festival included works of Shchedrin’s «Carmen Suite, Naughty limericks», Concerto No. 1 for orchestra, excerpts from the Opera «a Christmas tale», Symphonic diptych based on the Opera «the Enchanted wanderer» and many others. The festival will feature the participation of the State academic Russian choir named after Sveshnikov, the Ensemble of young singers Academy of the Mariinsky theatre.

With the Mariinsky theatre Shchedrin links longtime creative friendship. On the stage of the Mariinsky theater staged most of the operas of the composer, three of the five ballets performed concert works. Especially for the opening of the New stage (Mariinsky-2), Shchedrin composed the Opera «Levsha», and in December 2015 the premiere of the Opera «a Christmas tale» (both works dedicated to Gergiev and the Mariinsky theatre). According to the composer, the concerts in Munich. Also the Moscow Conservatory, where he studied Shchedrin, organized the festival, which takes place across the country.

«I would like to say a few words about the concert, which will take place on December 15. This is the first concert of the festival, and his idea, which I immediately approved, belongs to Mikhail Vasilyevich Pletnev. He wanted it was a concert of those who conducted the Russian musical society since Rubinstein and Tchaikovsky. Concerts, when symphonic music was interspersed with the chamber. In this concert we will play with Pletnev four hands, and yesterday we rehearsed, and I got enormous pleasure from it,» — said the composer.

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