A charity concert will be held at the city's Oktyabrsky concert hall today, featuring war-time songs and pieces from Russian composers' operas. Famed tenor Dmitry Khvorostovsky is to perform war-time songs together with Konstantin Orbelyan's orchestra.
Every city district will host celebrations over the January 16-27 period. Among other things, commemorative medals will be presented at local schools, culture centers, movie theaters and clubs. Charity concerts and performances will be organized in many theaters and concert halls, as well.
German positions were breached around Leningrad January 18, 1944. This time, flowers and wreaths will be laid at the Nevsky Pyatachok (Bridgehead) war memorial; moreover, the Blokadnaya Parta (Besieged Schools) memorial plaque will be opened at the Piskarevskoye memorial cemetery.
St. Petersburg will also host a military-history conference, the 13-th congress of the international association of public organizations comprising those, who withstood the blockade of Leningrad, as well as an exhibition of Hermitage masterpieces that were displayed over the 1941-1944 period. (Leningrad received the title of hero-city after the war - Ed.) The St. George hall of the Hermitage will host a concert of Valery Gergiyev's symphony orchestra; for his own part, the governor of St. Petersburg will organize a reception for war veterans, who defended Leningrad, at the philharmonic society's grand hall.
Flowers will be laid at a memorial plaque on the city's Nevsky avenue January 27 in line with a long-standing tradition. (The blockade was lifted completely January 27, 1944 - Ed.) After that, wreaths and flowers will be laid at the city's war memorials, which are located at the Piskarevskoye memorial cemetery, the Serafimovskoye cemetery and the Smolensk cemetery, as well as at a Kronstadt common grave and a Victory Square common grave. Rallies will also be organized in an impressive setting.
A festive concert "To The Memory Of Leningrad And Its People" and a fireworks display will take place at the end of the day; moreover, torches will be lit atop rostral columns.