Over three weeks, from 16 April through 9 May, the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra directed by Valery Gergiev will perform in over 20 Russian cities. In Moscow, symphony and chamber music concerts as well as choir and bell ringing concerts will take place at 25 venues including the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, Poklonnaya Gora Park, and at 23 churches and cathedrals throughout the city.
“It is not by chance that our festival is called the Moscow Easter Festival,” said Alexander Kibovsky, Head of the Department of Culture. “Some of the best performers in Russia and the world will take part. The highlight of the Easter Festival will be a grand concert at Poklonnaya Gora on Victory Day. We will do everything we can to ensure success.”
The 16th Moscow Easter Festival is one of the most popular events on the city’s cultural calendar. Founded by Valery Gergiev in 2002, it has become a true national symbol of culture, a symbiosis of two great holidays, religious and patriotic: Easter and Victory Day.
Every year, this biggest music forum in Russia lures hundreds of thousands of listeners. The programme ranges from classical hits to rarely performed pieces, all played by best musicians. Throughout its sixteen-year history, the festival has offered a stage to several thousand musicians, both celebrities and young performers, from all over the world. The names of Anna Netrebko, Yuri Bashmet, Sergei Roldugin, Denis Matsuyev, Mikhail Pletnyov and many other renowned masters often shine on its playbill.
Maestro Gergiev, People’s Artist of Russia, is the festival’s artistic director. The event is sponsored by the Moscow Government, the federal Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Defence with special blessings from His Holiness, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill.