American ballet theater wins Moscow stage

31 March, 2011, Channel «RT TV»

ABT returns to Moscow in first visit since 1966

The Washington Post, By Kathy Lally, Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MOSCOW –  The audience awaits, bearing 300 years of experience. In the halls of the Duma next door, things Western are cause for suspicion. As the house lights dim on opening night, the uphill course confronting the American Ballet Theatre grows ever more illuminated – the stage is at a slope.

No matter. If America does not always play so well here, American does, even in the language of ballet native to Russians. By the time the ABT has left the stage, on this their first visit in nearly half a century, they have won the critics and charmed the spectators. Read more...

To the Rostropovich festival with a spring in our step

Photo: RIA Novosti

“Mstislav Rostropovich has embraced the whole of the civilized world, creating a new kind of “blood flow” between culture and people’s relations”. This was written by critics during the great musician’s lifetime but even after his death the cultural “blood flow” he started is continuing.  The Second International Festival opened in Moscow on the 27th of March, on the maestro’s birthday, in his honour.

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American Ballet Returns at Rostropovich Festival

Dancing sailors take to the stage in the 1944 quintessentially American ballet “Fancy Free,” scored by Bernstein.

This Sunday, the 84th anniversary of the birth of the great cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich, marks the beginning of the 2nd International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow.

Last year’s inaugural festival consisted entirely of concert performances, in large part featuring friends, colleagues and students of the famed maestro. Added to concerts on this year’s program will be three performances by one of the world’s most renowned dance companies, American Ballet Theater, in its first Moscow appearance since the 1960s.

Big names from the world of music will again feature on the festival’s concert programs, including the revered Indian-born maestro Zubin Mehta; German conductor Christoph Eschenbach, currently artistic director of both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center in Washington; and two of Moscow’s very own musical stars, violist and conductor Yury Bashmet and pianist Denis Matsuev.

The festival starts off on Sunday at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall with Eschenbach leading the Russian National Orchestra, two prominent Moscow choruses and vocal soloists from Italy, Mexico, Russia and the United States in Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

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