“New Year at the Conservatory” Festival opens with Kang Wang and Ekaterina Morozova

December 31. 2017 | Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory
Opening of the "New Year at the Conservatory" Festival
Kang Wang, tenor (China - Australia)
Ekaterina Morozova, soprano
Conductor – Alexander Soloviev
Arias from operas by Bellini, Rossini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini, Mascagni, Massenet, Cilèa, Bizet, Gounod, Dvořák  and others

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The Ildar Bakeev Entertainment Company is forced to announce that because of his indisposition German tenor Jonas Kaufmann will not be able to take part in the concert which opens the "New Year at the Conservatory" Festival  on December 31. His performance will take place later, and the negotiations about the new date are already being held. All the ticket owners for the Jonas Kaufmann Concert will be admitted to the Sylvester Concert at the Great Hall on December 31, 2017, and then keep their tickets until Jonas Kaufmann's concert which date will be given within a short time. Therefore they will have the opportunity to attend two events for only one ticket. 

Kang Wang (tenor), a soloist of the Metropolitan Opera in New York, and Ekaterina Morozova (soprano), a soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre, will appear on the stage of the Great Hall this night. 

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Stanislav Kochanovsky will perform with NPR twice

December 13, 2017 | Svetlanov Hall, Moscow Performing Arts Centre
“Masterpieces for All Times” Subscription Series
Soloist – Timur Pirverdiev, violin
Conductor – Stanislav Kochanovsky
Schumann. "Manfred" Overture, op. 115
Stravinsky. Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major
Tchaikovsky. Symphony in B minor (Manfred), op. 58

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December 17, 2017 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
The NPR's Subscription Series no.16
Soloist – Alexander Buzlov, cello
Conductor – Stanislav Kochanovsky
Elgar. "In the South" (Alassio), Overture
Elgar. Concerto for cello and orchestra
Zemlinsky. "The Mermaid", Symphonic Fantasy

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«The Grand Opera» at the Moscow Performing Arts Centre

December 3, 2017 | Svetlanov Hall of the MIPAC
«Bella voce» Subscription Series
Gala of the “Grand Opera” Show finalists
Soloists: Ksenia Nesterenko, soprano
Marika Machitidze, soprano (Georgia)
Tigran Ohanyan, tenor (Armenia)
Yuri Gorodetsky, tenor (Belarus)
Conductor – Alexander Soloviev
Arias, duets and orchestral fragments from the operas by Massenet, Gounod, Verdi, Puccini, works by Rossini, Delibes and Leoncavallo

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The NPR Will Play Romantic Concertos

November 27, 2017 | Rachmaninoff Concert Hall («Philharmonia 2»)
Subscription Series No.97: «Romantic Concertos»
Soloists: Alexander Ramm, cello
Dmitry Shishkin, piano
Conductor – Alexander Soloviev

Saint-Saëns. "Phaéton", symphonic poem, op. 39
Saint-Saëns. Concerto No.1 for cello and orchestra in A minor, Op. 33
Sibelius. "Valse triste"
Grieg. Concerto for piano and orchestra in A minor, op. 16

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The NPR conductor-training group will be completed in December

On December 5-6, 2017, the Moscow International Performing Arts Centre will host the final selection of conductors for the Internship Group of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia. Based on  the preliminary selection (video materials and interviews), eight young, but already titled conductors, who won awards at international competitions and took up positions in well-known orchestras and musical theatres, have reached the finals. They are Russians Arsenti Tkachenko, Anna Rakitina, Sergey Akimov, Arif Dadashev, Pyotr Gladysh and representatives of Belarus Yuri Karavaev, Dmitry Matvienko and Alexander Humala.
Within two days, six of the eight potential trainees will deliver open rehearsals with the Orchestra, then the NPR musicians will vote for the most interesting and compelling maestros. The two other participants will be able to conduct rehearsals in late December. The final decision  will be made by the NPR's Artistic Director  Vladimir Spivakov, the NPR's director Georgy Ageev (the architect and patron of the Internship Project) and the head of the Internship Group Alexander Soloviev.
The conductors were asked to choose a musical piece from six masterpieces programmed by the NPR  for the current concert season to work on with the Orchestra. Each contestant is given an hour, he chooses the form of rehearsal with the score himself (the whole opus or detailed work on fragments or orchestral parts). The specifics of rehearsals and biographies of the participants are given below.

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Vladimir Spivakov will dedicate the concert to the memory of Dmitry Hvorostovsky

Vladimir Sivakov, the Management and musicians of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia express their profound condolences to  the family and the loved ones of Dmitry Hvorostovsky on the untimely demise of the great Russian artist, as well as to all admirers of his outstanding talent. Vladimir Spivakov has decided to dedicate the tomorrow concert of his Festival to the memory of Dmitry Hvorostovsky as a tribute to their friendship and collaboration of long consistency.

Vladimir Spivakov: "The passing away of such a great personality as Dmitry Hvorostovsky is a huge loss both for the Russian and the world's opera art. This man loved Russia and did everything to make its image sublime. We had been friends of many years and performed together a lot in Russia and abroad. His demise has afflicted with pain the hearts of millions, and the memory of him will last for many years. Tomorrow we shall give an opera concert to his hommage with the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia".    

The program of the concert with the participation of Hibla Gerzmava and Alexey Tatarintsev has been changed. The first Part will feature scenes from operas by Bellini and Donizetti, whereas the second Part will include fragments from operas by Verdi and Puccini (See specifics below).

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The NPR will perform in five Russian towns

On November 11, 2017, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will start its touring series in the Russian provincial regions. Within five days the NPR's concerts under Vladimir Spivakov will take place in five towns - PenzaKuznetskSaranskUlyanovsk and Samara (see Schedule and Detailed Program below). The tour is held within the framework of the "All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons" Project of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, working since 2003 in collaboration with the Moscow Philharmonic Society. This peculiar artistic venture is aimed at reviving concert activities throughout Russia and ensuring equal access to cultural values for inhabitants of various regions of our country.
The NPR's tour will feature wonderful soloists of Moscow musical theaters, winners of international competitions Nadezhda Gulitskaya (soprano) and Alexei Neklyudov (tenor). The audiences will hear famous opera arias, duets, Neapolitan songs, overtures and orchestral scenes from operas by Bellini, Donizetti, Verdi, Puccini and other composers.

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