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International Glinka Music Festival to wind up in Smolensk

June 03, 2012, 4:43 UTC+3

Glinka’s symphonic pieces like the famous ‘Kamarinskaya’ laid down the foundations of Russian symphonic style

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SMOLENSK, June 3 (Itar-Tass) — The 55th International Glinka Music Festival, the oldest in Russia, will wind up in Smolensk on Sunday.

Igor Aronov, the artistic director of the Smolensk regional philharmonic society, said that the final day of the festival named in honor of Russian composer Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857) would start in Novospasskoye village, where Glinka’s museum estate is located, at midday on Sunday.

Mikhail Glinka was born in Novospasskoye on June 1, 1804. An orchestra of serf musicians owned by his father played a vital role in awakening the boy’s music talent. Young Glinka played the violin and the flute in that orchestra.

The Smolensk Chamber Choir, directed by Yuri Sobolev, and soloists of the Smolensk regional philharmonic society will take part in a concert to be held in Novospasskoye.

A performance by the Belarusian State Choreographic Group ‘Khoroshki’, directed by Valentina Gayeva, will remind the audiences of the folk roots of Glinka’s music.

The Pyatnitsky State Academic Russian Folk Choir will close the festival on Sunday.

The festival’s program included a total of ten concerts that ranged from traditional Russian classics to theatrical and music productions.

Glinka’s music heritage is important for Russian and world culture. His operas ‘Life for the Czar’ and ‘Ruslan and Lyudmila’ gave a start to two directions in the development of Russian opera: a folk music drama and a fairy-tale.

Glinka’s symphonic pieces like the famous ‘Kamarinskaya’ laid down the foundations of Russian symphonic style.

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