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.
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 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.
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.
During the holiday period “Russian seasons” are offering a series of concerts online. Russian Seasons is a large scale project showcasing the best of Russian culture to European audiences. With each year the geography of the project expands. Due to COVID-19 related restrictions “Stay at Home with Russian Seasons” was launched to give everyone around the globe the chance to enjoy art and culture. The detailed programme is available on the Russian Seasons website, and the eventы will be live streamed with translations into English and French.