One of the world’s most sought-after conductors, Valery Gergiev, is set to visit Wales next week as part of the commemorative arts season: R17.
R17 (or “Russia 17”) marks 100 years since the Russian revolution, and Wales’ unique relationship with the emerging Soviet Union of the time, through a year-long season of artistic events. On Tuesday 10 October, the artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg will deliver an exclusive masterclass to students at Cardiff’s Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and conduct an evening concert with the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble.
Described as the “world’s busiest conductor”, Russian Valery Gergiev is the R17 season Patron together with Welsh actor Michael Sheen. Gergiev will conduct the world-famous string players for a programme featuring Russian composers Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.
Valery Gergiev said: “As head of one of the great icons of Russian culture, the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, I am touched that the major cultural institutions of Wales are joining together to celebrate the artistic riches of my country, which have inspired so many. The Centenary of the Russian Revolution is a time for reflection and the arts provide an ideal vehicle to explore this momentous historical event. I have many happy memories of conducting the Mariinsky Opera, Ballet and Orchestra in Wales and I look forward to visiting again during the R17 Season with the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble. I am delighted to be Patron of the Russia 17 Season in Wales.”
Gergiev will conduct the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble to perform Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op 110, Stravinsky’s Concerto in D ‘Basel’ and Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, Op 48 at the Dora Stoutzker Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Tuesday 11 October 2017.
An extraordinary Autumn season of R17 events are taking place across Wales by prestigious names including Welsh National Opera, National Dance Company of Wales, Sherman Theatre and BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
R17’s programme is a cultural reflection on the centenary of the Russian Revolution through the eyes of Wales– in venues such as the landmark Wales Millennium Centre to the National Museum of Wales and St. David’s Hall.