The centenary of the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory is being marked on Friday. All the leading musicians of the past centenary performed on its stage over this period of time. For more than forty years the Grand Hall has been the central stage for performances within the P.I. Tchaikovsky international competition. The International Music Festival called 100 Years of the Grand Hall of the Conservatory will come to an end in Moscow on Friday. The review was held under the UNESCO aegis. Such famous musicians as Valery Gergiyev, Vladimir Ashkenazi, Yuri Bashmet, Viktor Tretyakov, Shlomo Mintz, John Lill, Chick Corea, Mikhail Pletnyov, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, and Monserrat Marti took part in the festival. The leading Russian symphony and chamber orchestras performed in the concerts. The festival began on April 1 with the Amazing Concert. Due to the present-day technological advances, video show, Gosfilmofond and the participation of French conductor Bruno Monsaingeon, taking part in the concert were Fyodor Shalyapin, Svyatoslav Rikhter, Emil Ghilels, Igor Oistrakh and other legendary masters who made the Grand Hall famous. The Solemn Ode, composed by Oskar Feltsman specially for this day and performed by a chorus and an organ, opened the concert. A concert which exactly repeated the programme of the opening of the Grand Hall of the Conservatory 100 years ago was held on April 7. Taking part in it were the P.I. Tchaikovsky State Academic Grand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev and the State Academic Moscow Chamber Chorus under the direction of Vladimir Minin. The list of the soloists included Carol Fitzpatrick - a soprano singer (USA), Maria Ferencik - mezzo soprano (Slovakia), Eberhard Francesco Lorentz - tenor, and Andreas Macco - a bass singer. The concert began with the hymn The Temple To Dear Art Erected by Kenneman. The overture to the Ruslan and Lyudmila opera by Glinka and the works of Tchaikovsky, Rubinstein, Borodin and Beethoven were also performed.
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