At the Moscow House of Music
1 Organ Music
Carlo Curley is a well-known organist. But unlike many of his colleagues he does not perform in one particular conservatory or church. He gained international fame as a concert performer. Born in Northern Carolina, USA, he studied music there. His career took a major leap forward when he was invited to perform in the White House, actually the first organist to play there. Among his other fans are the royal families of the old world and the Sultan of Oman, for whom
Curley has made several records personally. Curley describes the aim of his life as demonstrating his belief that the organ is the best musical instrument. Curley is in Moscow to present an interesting repertoire including some gorgeous Baroque works, orchestral scores and modern lyrical plays.
2 Christmas concert
A Christmas concert by the Moscow Virtuosi is always a special event for musical fans. Every year there is a special programme with many surprises. This time the programme is being kept secret,
except for the name of the solo pianist whom Vladimir Spivakov invited to perform. This is Nobuyuki Tsujii, born blind and extremely talented, whose performance Van Cliburn calls divine. In the Svetlanovsky hall together with Spivakov’s ensemble they will play Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto.
3 Italian Tenorissimo
Salvatore Licitra is one of the leading tenors in Italy and one of the best in his generation world-wide, heir to Luciano, Il Tenorissimo, even, as he is described in the Italian press. He debuted in Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Parma in 1998, and one year later was already starring in Verdi’s La Forza del Destino at La Scala, produced by Riccardo Muti. In 2002 he wowed America when he took the solo in Puccini’s Tosca, previously immortalised by Pavarotti at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Since then he has been an invited soloist in Vienna, La Scala, Covent Garden, Paris, Washington and all over Europe. Salvatore Licitra’s devotion to Belcanto is highly esteemed by both his colleagues and critics, which makes it possible for him to perform in the best
opera houses, and work with the best conductors, all of which only polishes his talent yet more. The concert will be conducted by another Italian star, Lorenzo Coladonato, who currently leads the Baden-Baden Philharmonic.
Christmas Carols & Rossini
The Moscow International Choir will be performing Rossini’s Messe Solennelle along with Christmas carols. Come and enjoy that special Christmas feeling. Tickets cost Rb. 450 roubles and can be reserved by phoning 985 924 5581. All concert profits will go to the Downside Up charity.
10 & 14 December,
St Andrew’s Church,
8 Voskresensky Perulok,
19:30 both evenings