ST PETERSBURG, October 3 (Itar-Tass) — People's Artist of Russia Valery Gergiyev and the Stradivari Ensemble consisting of soloists of the Maryinsky Theatre Orchestra go to Geneva on Wednesday on a charity mission.
On Wednesday evening they are to give a gala concert at the Grand Theatre of Geneva. The concert programme includes Edvard Grieg's Holberg Suite for Strings, and Peter Tchaikovsky's Serenade for String Orchestra. Pianist Denis Matsuyev will also participate in the charity soiree to play Dmitry Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go to a foundation for combating leukemia and other neoplastic diseases of the blood.
An official at the press center of the Maryinsky Theatre said the concert has been organized by the Foundation of Dr Henri Dubois-Ferriere and Dinu Lipatti. The Foundation was established in Geneva in 1970 in honour of Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti, whose life was untimely severed by cancer of the blood, and in honour of the physician who was treating him.
The Foundation activities are aimed at fighting blood diseases, at financing research in the field of hematology, and at giving material aid to patients and their familieis.