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Folk music in perfect acoustics

In February, the Svetlanovsky Hall of the House of Music slightly changes its normal repertoire in favour of two brilliant performances of folk music. The first one is an anticipated concert by the Pyatnitsky Choir (Russia). The second will be given by the world-famous Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra. As the musicians say, it is difficult to describe the spirit of a country in words, but easier to render it in music and dance. The Pyatnitsky Choir is one of the oldest folk choirs in Russia. It was the first to promote Russian peasant music to the main stage and present it all over the world. The basis of the repertoire is songs from different regions of Russia. They are not only sung but danced, which makes comprehension easy, even without knowing the language. It was founded by Mitrofan Pyatnitsky, a Russian musician, gatherer of Russian folk songs in 1910 with only 18 peasants, originally from the Voronezh, Ryazan and the Smolensk gubernias. Since early times, it has been a laboratory for folk music, with expeditions to distant villages and the hunt for rare melodies and large-scale

February 18, 19:00
100 Violins (Budapest
Gypsy Symphony Orchestra)
House of Music , Svetlanovsky Hall
February 7, 19:00
Pyatnitsky Choir

concerts bringing to the surfaces the peculiarities of Russian music, costume and culture.

The “Budapest Gypsy Symphony Orchestra” is the world’s largest gypsy symphony orchestra. It was founded in 1985. Some critics say that the orchestra is made up of a hundred paganinis, so bright and vivid is their performance. Each appearance on stage makes a great impression on the audience: all dressed in colourful traditional Hungarian costumes and performing by heart compositions from Monti, Dinicu, Brahms, Bizet to Strauss and Tchaikovski.

Joyce Yang

oyce Yang is often acclaimed by critics as “the most talented young pianist of her generation”. Her virtuosity along with her tender lyricism and sensitivity in interpretation of music have won her appraisal by wide audiences of music fans and critics. Ms. Yang has already established herself as a leading musician in the world of classical music thanks to her solo performances and collaborations with notable world orchestras. Joyce Yang attracted attention in 2005 when she won the second award at the Van Cliburn International Competition. The Steven De Groote Memorial Award, and the Beverley Taylor Smith Award followed later. Having graduated from the Juilliard School in New York with special honours, Ms. Yang performed with orchestras at Lincoln Centre, and the Kennedy Centre in Washington. As a soloist, she has played with New York Philharmonic conducted by Lorin Maazel. Today Ms. Yang is busily involved with her concert career, performing all over the world with orchestras from the Chicago Symphony to the BBC Philharmonic and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. At her Moscow concert, Ms. Yang will perform compositions by Brahms and Rakhmaninov, accompanied by National Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia.

February 20, 19:00,
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

Rock Tristesse by Okean Elzy

There are many clubs in Moscow, and even arenas that can host huge shows. But venues with good sound are rare. Stadium Live is a new location in Moscow where special emphasis has been made on the quality of sound. Its opening is planned for February and will be inaugurated with a concert by Okean Elzy. The musical group was born in the Lviv, Ukraine, in the middle of the 1990s. It had a preference for urban rock. Having achieved fame at home, they became huge stars in Russia and made the Russian audience learn songs from their debut album There Where We Are Not, in Ukranian—literally by heart. The success was due to a fine combination of soft guitar
20:00, February 11
Stadium Live Bldg. 17, 80 Leningradsky
prospect (close to Sokol Metro station)
music and authentic, vivid folk melodies. Participation in big rock festivals in Russia and England drew more attention to the band who continued their experiments with folk music, inviting symphony orchestras for joint performances. Their new albums prove that they have been working hard to refine their sound and the manner of its performance. They keep loyal to their native tongue in their songs which by no means keeps their European fans from loving them even more.

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