6 May 2013, 02:10

President Putin sends greeting to Moscow Easter Festival

10.02.2010 Мариинский оркестр Гергиев

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a greeting message to the participants and guests of the 12th Moscow Easter Festival, the Kremlin press service reported on Sunday.

“This remarkable forum has once again gathered outstanding people of Russian culture who will give Easter concerts. It convincingly proves that real art has enormous moral power, it makes people’s lives more interesting and spiritually rich. The program of the forum embraces not only the capital city, but many other Russian cities and traditionally offers people the finest pieces of the world classical heritage, symphonic, choral, and chamber music. Russia’s best bell ringers will also show their brilliant skills,” the message reads.

“It is important that the festival enriches its charity and educational traditions, making a great contribution to the preservation of historic memory and patriotic education of the youth. This forum is dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk. Performances by acclaimed musical directors, groups and soloists timed to mark this remarkable date will be a demonstration of respect to the memory of the heroes of one of the most crucial battles of the Great Patriotic War.”

2013 Easter festival opens in Moscow on May 5

Natalia Viktorova

On the 5th of May, the 2013 Easter Festival opens in Moscow. This year the festival is held for the 12th time. Twelve years ago it was initiated by maestro Valery Gergiev, a renowned conductor and artistic director of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theater. All these years the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater has been one of the main participants of the festival.

This year, the participants in the festival will give more than 90 concerts in 33 cities of Russia. While presenting the program of the 2013 Easter Festival, Valery Gergiev accentuated the importance of reviving choir singing, which is an important feature of this year’s program.

According to the tradition, every Easter Festival is dedicated to a memorable event in the history of Russia. This year, it will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War and the largest tank battle in the history of humanity which inflicted a crushing defeat on the Nazis and enabled the Soviet troops to go on the offensive.

During the Easter festival, Valery Gergiev, whose father and other family members took part in the Second World War, always gives charity performances for the war veterans.

On May 9, when Russia marks the Victory over Hitler’s Germany, Gergiev and his orchestra always plays an open-air concert at the site of the memorial complex on the Poklonnaya Hill in the west of Moscow. These concerts usually gather 100,000-150,000 people.

"To gather the number of many people, which is equal to the population of a small town is unique feature of our festival. This event is impossible in Saltzburg and Bayreuth and this allows us to say that our festival is enormously popular. These charity concerts of the Easter festival also pursue other goals," the maestro adds. For example - to help children not to pass by the treasury of the classic music and music theater at the age of 8, 10 and 12. At the age of 17 it can be too late. There are also students, who account for an important part of the festival’s audience.

The final concert of the festival the Mariinsky orchestra will play in the Moscow state University on May 16.

Voice of Russia, TASS

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