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Palaces of St Petersburg music festival marks 20th anniversary

May 27, 2012, 7:19 UTC+3

This year, the city authorities have provided a special building in the city’s historical center for the needs of the festival

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ST.PETERSBURG, May 27 (Itar-Tass) — The Palaces of St. Petersburg International Music festival will see the 20th anniversary this year. It will open on Sunday with an Italian concert of saxophones in the Armorial Hall of the State Hermitage. Saxophonist Federico Mondelci will take 12 Italian compatriots to the stage tonight.

Federico Mondelci is a long-standing friend and participant in the festival where he has many fans.

“Many palaces which used to host music parlors in the past have re-obtained their music voices thanks to this festival. When museum employees plan their work, they include our festival concerts in the programs to animate these interiors,” artist Maria Safaryants, the festival’s artistic director, told Itar-Tass.

Well-known singers from the United States, Argentina, Italy, Russia will perform in magnificent palaces and cathedrals of St. Petersburg until July 1.

This year, the city authorities have provided a special building in the city’s historical center for the needs of the festival. Meetings, cultural-educational programs and master classes will be held in it.

In the meantime, the 48th St. Petersburg Musical Spring festival will end with a grand concert on Sunday. It will be devoted to the 20th anniversary of the State Russian Concert Orchestra headed by Vladimir Popov. The orchestra has been promoting new music pieces created by St. Petersburg composers for years. The concert will be held at the Russian Pedagogical University named after Alexander Herzen.

This year’s festival was rich in new productions in various genres. The program includes music by Viktor Pleshak, a concert devoted to the 150th anniversary of the St. Petersburg conservatoire; an evening of music by composers from Tatarstan and a musical and poetic party linked to the 40th anniversary of expulsion of poet Joseph Brodsky from the country. Brodsky’s verses were refracted in the music of composers of various styles and generations.


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