THE III INTERNATIONAL HARP FESTIVAL NORTHERN LYRE

21–24 March 2019
In memory of Yoko Nagae Ceschina

The III International Harp Festival Northern Lyre will run at the Mariinsky Theatre from 21 March to 24 March. The festival’s participants include musicians of various St Petersburg orchestras (the Mariinsky Theatre, the Philharmonia, the Mikhailovsky Theatre, the St Petersburg Chamber Opera), as well as musicians from Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Petrozavodsk and guest harpists from France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan, China, and Canada. The Concert Hall and chamber venues will host various performances of classical solo harp works, as well as ensemble works, concertos and music by modern composers. Several works composed especially for the event will have their premieres at the festival.
The festival will help mark several important milestones. The concert on the eve of the festival (20 May, the Stravinsky Foyer) marks 110 years since the birth of Vera Dulova, a legendary harpist and People’s Artist of the USSR. Her student Natalya Shameeva, Professor of the Gnessin Academy of Music, will host a lecture and concert with the participation of the Bolshoi Orchestra soloists (22 March, the Mussorgsky Hall).
The soirée concert on 22 March at the Concert Hall is dedicated to Boris Tishchenko and will help mark 80 years since the birth of the St Petersburg composer. To be performed is Tishchenko’s Harp Concerto and Rodion Shchedrin’s works for harp.
The festival’s programme also includes master-classes, which will be held by Jana Boušková (the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, the Royal College of Music in London) and Isabelle Perrin (the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo). The festival will feature performances by the young generation of musicians, including young harpists studying at St Petersburg music schools and colleges and students of the Petrozavodsk State Glazunov Conservatoire (class of Yelizaveta Alexandrova).
The festival’s closing concert Harp+ will present the instrument in different combinations – as part of an ensemble, with strings and winds, with voice and in concerto.
The festival is once again dedicated to the memory of harpist and philanthropist Yoko Nagae Ceschina, who helped many of the Mariinsky Theatre’s projects come to life.

22
March
Friday
The Prokofiev Hall
12:00
The III International Harp Festival Northern Lyre
The Musorgsky Hall
16:00
The III International Harp Festival Northern Lyre
Concert Hall
19:00
The III International Harp Festival Northern Lyre
Marking 80 years since the birth of composer
23
March
Saturday
The Prokofiev Hall
11:00
The III International Harp Festival Northern Lyre
The Prokofiev Hall
16:00
The III International Harp Festival Northern Lyre

Elizaveta Alexandrova (harp) and pupils

The Prokofiev Hall
19:30
The III International Harp Festival Northern Lyre
24
March
Sunday
Concert Hall
19:00
Close of the III International Harp Festival Northern Lyre


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