The NPR’s European Tour: Peace Concert in Verdun and 23 More Concerts

From October 27 to November 22, 2018, Vladimir Spivakov and the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will tour Europe. The tour route, encompassing 24 concerts in different cities, runs through Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The Orchestra's performances will take place at such famous houses as the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Kölner Philharmonie, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Herkulessaal in Munich, the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, the deSingel in Antwerp, the Tonhalle in Düsseldorf and others (see Events).

Internationally renowned artists such as pianists Hayou Zhang, Nikolai Tokarev, Lucas Debargue, Ivan Bessonov (a winner of the Junior Eurovision), violinists Sergei Dogadin and Valery Sokolov, conductor Mihhail Gerts have been invited to take part in the concerts most of which will be conducted by Vladimir Spivakov.

The main event of the European tour is to be the performance of the NPR under the baton of Vladimir Spivakov in the famous Verdun Cathedral (Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Verdun) at the Saar Music Festival on November 11. The musical night, called the “Peace Concert” (Friedenskonzert), is dedicated to the centenary of the end of World War 1 and the signing of the Compiègne Armistice between the Allies and Germany. The concert will be attended by prominent European political figures and heads of states (the French authorities have already sent invitations to the Celebrations to 80 leaders). Notably, Vladimir Putin’s visit to Verdun is foreseen.

The concert program has a symbolic meaning: two famous Requiems, a “German” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a “French” by Camille Saint-Saëns, will be performed to emphasize the unity of the European Countries and to commemorate the millions of casualties of one of the largest armed conflicts in the history of mankind. In particular, the German and the French Armies lost about half a million people in the so-called “Verdun Meatgrinder”, one of the bloodiest operations of the First World War, so the place chosen to celebrate peace is essential.

The memorial concert will also feature the joined choir of the Radio Saarbrücken and the Saar Festival and a multinational quartet of soloists singing in the best European theatres: Sofia Fomina (soprano, Russia), Anke Vondung (mezzo-soprano, Germany), Ian Storey (tenor, United Kingdom) and Wolfgang Schöne (bass, Germany). The German-French ARTE Group will provide international broadcasting of the concert.

The Peace Concert is held under the auspices of French President Emmanuel Macron, President of the European Commission, Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker, Saar Minister-President Tobias Hans, German Federal Minister of Economics and Energy Peter Altmeier, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of France, supported by Walloon Minister of Agriculture and Tourism René Kollen.

A Dark Fairy Tale, a Nostalgic Symphony and a Concerto by the “Russian Brahms” on the NPR’s Program

October 17, 2018 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subscription Series No. 19 «National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia»
Soloist – Philipp Kopachevsky, piano
Conductor – Stanislav Kochanovsky
Myaskovsky. Silence, a Symphonic Fable, Op. 9
Medtner. Concerto No.1 for piano and orchestra in C Minor, Op. 33
Rachmaninoff. Symphony No. 3 in A Minor, Op.44

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Čapek’s Poštarska Bajka Will Be Heard with the Orchestra

September 29/30, 2018 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Subsription Series No. 186(А): Fairy Tales with the Orchestra. Favorites. Weekend Afternoon Symphony Concerts for Children 
Karel Čapek. “Poštarska bajka”
Daniil Spivakovsky, spoken word
Conductor – Anton Torbeev
Production and video designer – Natalia Barabash
Lighting Designer – Marat Mullin
On the program: Dvořák, Smetana, Janáček
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The NPR continues its Russian touring

The Russian tour of the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia is going on. Within a month, Vladimir Spivakov and his collective will perform in Voronezh, Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar and the towns of the Orenburg Region (see below). Anna Aglatova (soprano), a star of the Bolshoi Theatre, and Polina Shamaeva (mezzo), a soloist of the Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre, will take part in the concerts of the tour. They will sing (with the Orchestra) arias from the operas by Rossini, Donizetti, Massenet, Bizet, Saint-Saens and popular masterpieces of Delibes, Jimenez and Lehar.

In the second part of the concerts, Vladimir Spivakov will present to the audience his interpretation of his most beloved works by Russian composers - Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances and suites from Tchaikovsky's ballets.
The NPR's Russian tours are held within the framework of the All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons Project of the Moscow Philharmonic Society and the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.

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The NPR Will Open the 80th Season of the Buryat Philharmonic Society

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under Vladimir Spivakov's baton will open the 80th Concert Season of the Buryat State Philharmonic Society. The Maestro and his collective will give two concerts within the “All-Russian Philharmonic Seasons” Project on the stage of the N.A. Bestuzhev Russian Drama Theater in Ulan-Ude on 4 and 5 September 2018 (see the programme below). They will be joined by mezzo Polina Shamaeva, the soloist of the E. Kolobov “New Opera” Moscow Theatre and the winner of the “Grand Opera” TV Show and of several international competitions,e.g., the Second Prize winner of the XV Tchaikovsky Competition, and cellist Alexander Ramm.

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The NPR’s New Season Will Start on Baikal

The National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia will start its new season in Irkutsk: the Orchestra has the honor to open Denis Matsuev's 13th International Festival “Stars on Lake Baikal”. On September 1-3, 2018, the NPR and Vladimir Spivakov will give three concerts at the N.M. Zagursky Irkutsk Regional Musical Theater, which will feature also illustrious soloists: Denis Matsuev (piano), the Festival's Artistic Director, Alexandra Konunova (violin), the winner of the Third Prize of the XV Tchaikovsky Competition, young pianist and composer Elisey Mysin, a participant of the "Blue Bird" TV Show, Alexandra Dovgan (piano), the Grand Prix winner of the Grand Piano Competition-2018 , Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello), the winner of the XIV Tchaikovsky Competition, and Daniel Lozakovich (violin), the winner of the Vladimir Spivakov International Violin Competition in Ufa.
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The NPR’s Conductors-Interns Step onto the Podium

May 26, 2018 | Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Concert of the members of the NPR's Conductor-Training Group
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Rossini. Overture to the opera “La Gazza Ladra”
Conductor – Arsenty Tkachenko
Wagner. Introduction to Act 1 and Intermission to Act 3 of the opera “Lohengrin”
Conductor – Arif Dadashev
Dukas. “L'Apprenti sorcier”, symphonic scherzo
Conductor – Sergey Akimov
Prokofiev. Fragments from the ballet “Cinderella”
Conductor – Dmitry Matvienko
Marquez. Danson No. 2
Conductor – Pyotr Gladysh
Bernstein. Suite from the musical “West Side Story”
Conductor – Alexander Humala
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