Festival of Russian music opens in San Francisco

Between June 13th and 30th the Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco will be the venue of The Music of Russia festival. Its initiators and organizers is the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and its leader Michael Tilson Thomas.

Pictured on the cover of the festival's bright programme are personages from Russian fairy tales -- the Fire Bird and tsarevich Ivan who captivated her. Igor Stravinsky's Fire Bird is one of the favourite works of the American music community, and that is why it will be included in a number of concerts.

Works by other Russian composers -- Glazunov, Tchaikovsky, Prokofyev, Balakirev, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Lyadov, Cherepnin, and Shostakovich -- will also be performed during the festival.

Those attending the Open Symposium will take part in discussions of the traditions of Russian chamber music, Russia's colours and the nuances of France, virtuosity and tradition, and other subjects. Musical critics draw attention to the fact that the music of Russia has, as perhaps no other music, brightly reflected the country's history, and its social and political cataclysms.

Another feature that attracts lovers of music to the San Francisco festival will be the fact that prominent performers from Russia will take part in it.

Music lovers eagerly look forward to the concert performance of Rimsky-Korsakoff's ballet-opera "Mlada." The Americans are fond of that Russian composer, whose life and work have become the subject of a feature film made in Hollywood in the 1960s.

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