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Opening ceremony of the festival "Mariinsky" – Culture in Samara


SAMARA, November 10. / Tass /. On Saturday, the 11th Mari Music Festival was opened at the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. In the past, this Samara festival, which took place since 2008, was called "Mstislav Rostropovich", but since that time the name has been changed to "Mariinsky".

The festival's two-day program includes three concerts of the Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Gergiev. Musical palettes included Claude Debussy Nocturnes' three-dimensional set, two orchestra sets from ballet Daphnis and Chloe by Maurice Ravel, Symphony No. Scheherezade by Nicolas Rimsky-Korsakov, Symphony No. 5 Bronze Chief Anton Bruckner and other works from other works of art and other works;

"According to the program, this is a rather unusual visit, because Tomorrow will be Bruckner's fifth symphony, which rarely sounds in Austria (Bruckner's homeland) and Germany. The symphony is serious, complicated," said artistic director at the press conference at the Samara Mariinsky Theater Valery Gergiev.

As the Samara Region Government Press Service earlier said, the concept and opportunities of the festival, with the new name "Mariinsky", will be expanded in the future.

"This (change of concept) will enable us to organize ballet and opera performances during the festival <...> I think that they will be interesting to the public, "said Gergiev. He also suggested publishing a book devoted to the festival for the last ten years.

For the first time the festival took place in Samara in October 2008, Gergiev became the initiator of the event. The honorable guests were ballet dancer Maya Plisetskaya and composer Rodion Shchedrin. Then Anna-Sofi Mutter, Alena Baeva, Yuri Bashkort, Ignat Solzhenitsyn and other musicians came to the festival in Samara.

Rostropovich visited Samara more than once and talked about the city with great warmth. After returning to Russia after a long absence, the musician came to St. Petersburg's composer Sergei Slonimsk's opera The Terrible Ivan's Views, whose premiere in February 1999 took place in Samara.

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