Putin to meet with Iraq’s visiting Vice-President Nouri al-Maliki TueRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 25, 6:49
Russian super-heavy booster vehicle to bring payloads of 70 tns to orbitScience & Space July 25, 5:34
New limits on microloans to kill off most micro lenders in Russia, say expertsBusiness & Economy July 25, 3:45
Lavrov says astonished to watch mass hysteria among US politiciansRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 25, 1:35
Lavrov comments on Syrian de-escalation zone agreementRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 24, 20:15
Iraq calls for closer cooperation with RussiaWorld July 24, 19:09
Russia develops laser-guided automatic landing system for dronesMilitary & Defense July 24, 18:22
Communist propaganda ban not aiming to dismantle Soviet WWII memorials, vows Polish envoyWorld July 24, 18:16
Situation with Siemens won’t affect Russian companies — energy ministerBusiness & Economy July 24, 18:11
MOSCOW, August 31 (Itar-Tass) — The 4th Spasskaya Tower military music festival opens here on Wednesday near the walls of the Moscow Kremlin.
The festival's programme will include marching and classical music, a march-past of military orchestras, and performances by world stars of variety art. The spectacular events will be accompanied with light and pyrotechnical effects, and a colourful firework display. The festival has drawn the best orchestras of Russia, Belgium, Britain, Greece, Jordan, Spain, Italy, China, and other states. In all,1,500 military musicians and performers will demonstrate their skills on the days of the festival.
Moscow folk and numerous guests of the capital will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the skill of the Kremlin Guards, Mexican Yaguares, Scottish bagpipers, Italian standard-bearers and the ancient rituals of China.
As usual, the servicemen of the Special Guards Company and the Presidential Regiment honorary cavalry escort will be the pride of the festival. The Kremlin School of Riding will present a Revival of Traditions programme.
The guests of honour at the Spasskaya Tower music festival are famous French singer Mireille Mathieu and Russian artist Mikhail Shemyakin, the author of the festival's mascot -- a porcelain grenadier trumpeter wearing the uniform of Russia's Preobrazhensky Regiment. The mascot was prompted by the image of Nutcracker for the presentation of Tchaikovsky's ballet of the same title in the Maryinsky Theatre. Shemyakin's Nutcracker is a charming character winning all hearts by his intrepidity and gallantry. In the final, a massed orchestra will play Ode to Joy by Beethoven and the solemn overture "1812" by Tchaikovsky.
The Spasskaya Tower festival has been held since 2009 and is one of key events in the cultural life of both Moscow and the whole of Russia. Its popularity steadily rises with every passing year. The peacemaking mission of the festival which unites the national traditions of varous countries and continents serves to popularize the domestic martial ceremonials. An international festival of coffee is to be also held within the scope of the musicfest, with the world's best baristas preparing to offer their own recipes.