Music on the rooftop: VDNKh gives live open-air concerts

Music on the rooftop: VDNKh gives live open-air concerts
A new concert venue opens on the roof of Worker and Kolkhozwoman Pavilion on 17 June.

VDNKh is launching a new summer project titled “Music on the Rooftop.” Between June 17 and August 26, Muscovites and tourists will be able to listen to live music on the roof of Worker and Kolkhozwoman Pavilion. The stage and the auditorium, with comfortable chairs and cushions, are located right at the base of the famous 24-metre-high sculpture. It can seat up to 300 people at a time.

“Concerts will be held on Thursday and Sunday evenings. On Thursdays, there will be jazz and instrumental music for those who like classical genres. On Sundays, audiences will hear new musicians, the latest trends and various types of music, from indie-rock and electronic music to rhythm-and-blues and new folk. The pavilion roof offers a panoramic view of Moscow and its landmarks, so spectators will not only be able to enjoy the music but also magnificent views,” a VDNKh spokesperson said.

The first concert will be held at 8 pm on 17 June. A detailed programme as well as tickets will soon be available on the website.

The spokesperson noted that spectators should not worry about the weather because if it rains, the concert will be held in the pavilion’s lecture hall.

This summer, free lectures will be held as part of the Knowledge: VDNKh educational programme both at Worker and Kolkhozwoman Pavilion’s lecture hall and on the roof of the historic pavilion. The programme includes meetings which consider how the masterpieces of classical and pop music were created and look at interesting moments from the lives of famous singers, composers and dancers. The meetings will be conducted by famous historians, art experts, journalists, directors and musicians. The full list of lectures is available here.

The Neoclassicist concert series will be held at the VDNKh Open Air Green Theatre Water Stage from 16 June to 14 July. It will feature young but famous musicians and composers who experiment with classics as well as new genres and techniques.

The monument, Worker and Kolkhozwoman, is a masterpiece of Soviet and international 20th-century modernism. The sculpture, created for the Soviet pavilion at the 1937 international exhibition in Paris, was built by Vera Mukhina, based on a concept by architect Boris Iofan. VDNKh continues to change. A major renovation has entered its second phase. Historical and architectural landmarks, such as the Golden Spike fountain and the archway of the central entrance, are being transformed. In addition, the area of the exhibition complex and near the main entrance is being improved. New facilities, such as an education centre in the Knowledge Park, a landscape park and a large pedestrian walkway are also being created.

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