"Christmas Concert" featuring the stars of the world music scene

'Russian Seasons' alongside RCCR Projects
"Christmas Concert" featuring the stars of the world music scene
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On Thursday, December 24, the Western world celebrates Christmas. To mark this event, 'Russian Seasons' alongside RCCR Projects prepared a gift for all the enthusiasts of classical art that promises to be unforgettable — a Christmas concert featuring the stars of the world music scene

The night's program featuring both the time-tested classics and bold artistic experiments, will be broadcast online. Viewers will enjoy a vast variety of genres and formats, meeting their favorite performers.

Alla Manilova, State Secretary-Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, addressed the audience with a festive video message, 'Dear viewers, dear enthusiasts of Russian culture! On behalf of the Ministry of Culture of Russia, I wish you a Happy New Year! No matter what, culture remains a creative force that unites millions of people. The year 2020 brought us closer to a new reality. Thanks to online technologies, culture has become even closer and more accessible from any place in the world. The online 'Christmas Concert' you'll see today features impressive opera and ballet performances, literary recitals and more. May it lend you the joy of hope and a vibrant New Year spirit!'

Opera art will be presented by Elena Stikhina (soprano), soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre, winner of the Onegin National Award and the 'Golden Stage Light' Award, the Highest Theatre Prize of St. Petersburg. Choreographer Vladimir Varnava will perform an improvised dance on the ceremonial stairs of the Faberge Museum. Actor Vladimir Koshevoy will recite winter poems by Alexander Pushkin and Joseph Brodsky.  The trio of one of the most prominent young pianists of Germany Nikolaus Rexroth and winners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition, flute player Sofia Viland and world-famous trumpeter Timur Martynov will play works by J.S.Bach and L.V. Beethoven whose 250th Anniversary the music world celebrates this year. The Mariinsky Theatre percussion ensemble 'Renaissance Percussion' will share unusual arrangements of Jingle Bells and other Christmas hits. The talented scholar of the 'New Names' Foundation, 10-year-old pianist Mikhail Pirozhenko, and winners of international children's and youth competitions, 14-year-old Vasily Pautov (trombone), 15-year-old Andrey Fedorov (trombone) and Ruslan Porvin (piano) will take part in the program. The Art Director of the project is Nikolaus Rexroth (Germany).

The Ambassador of Germany to Russia Geza Andrea von Geyr made a welcoming address, 'Dear music lovers! I am very glad that the Russo-German Academy of Music was able to achieve a lot this year, despite the challenging circumstances. The Year of Germany has passed in Russia. And tonight yet another event takes place within the framework of this Year, as well as part of our partnership with 'Russian Seasons' that resulted in this night to happen. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the music conclusion of this year and wish you, your friends and loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!'

The scenic interiors of the Naryshkin-Shuvalov Palace served as the stage for the 'Christmas Concert'. The performance inside the Faberge Museum turned into a kind of debut for most of the participants whose portfolio includes the most iconic Russian and foreign concert venues.

'The concert we have prepared for you is an exciting and unparalleled event. This is the first time I dance at the Faberge Museum and this is the first time I show my choreography. The artists and me, we really miss the live communication with the audience, miss our performances. Nevertheless, such a concert is an opportunity for us to perform our art and share it to you,' commented the choreographer, the youngest winner of the 'Golden Mask' national theatre award, Vladimir Varnava.

The audience will enjoy a new premiere as well — thus, for the first time, the Mariinsky Theatre artists will perform a new choreography with pieces from the play 'Daphnis and Chloe' combined with elements of a completely new production to the music of Darius Milhaud that will only be presented on December 29. In his turn, choreographer and dancer Vladimir Varnava will show his own improvisation dance on the ceremonial stairs of the Museum.

According to the event organizers, its arrangement and implementation required the well-coordinated work of a large team of directors, cameramen, sound, light and technical support engineers. The filming process itself took more than 15 hours.

'The Christmas Concert' will become part of a new grand-scale activity of 'Russian Seasons' aiming at generating its own video content in order to introduce online audiences worldwide to the diversity of Russian culture. Thus, this winter, a series of virtual tours 'Discovering Russia with Russian Seasons' was launched.

'The Christmas Concert' is a joint project of 'Russian Seasons' with the Berlin company RCCR Projects. It is included in the program of the Year of Germany in Russia and is supported by the Voronova 'New Names' Foundation and the Faberge Museum.

The webcast will start at 8 p.m. Moscow time.

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