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Young talents from Russia's North Caucasus to open Sochi Olympics

February 07, 2014, 15:59 UTC+3 CHERKESSK
Ten talented children selected from thousands of contenders across the country will join the combined children’s choir of Russia
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CHERKESSK, February 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Pupils from children’s music schools in the Karachay-Cherkessia republic of Russia's North Caucasus will perform in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in hosting Black Sea resort Sochi, a spokesman for the republic’s head said on Friday.

“Ten talented children selected from thousands of contenders across the country will join the combined children’s choir of Russia singing under the baton of the renowned conductor and artistic director of St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev,” the spokesman said.

The cultural program of the Olympic and Paralympic Games will also feature two other performing groups from Karachay-Cherkessia — the State Ensemble Elbrus, laureate of many regional and all-Russian festivals and dance contests, and the Hars accordionists' ensemble.

The opening ceremony begins at the Fisht Olympic Stadium at 20:14 Moscow time on February 7. It will last 160 minutes, bringing together 3,000 singers and dancers and 2,000 volunteers.

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