IV INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL MASLENITSA IN SONG

Traditionally, the choral music festival Maslenitsa in Song runs at the Mariinsky Theatre during the Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) week. An integral part of a festival taking place on the eve of the Lent is an extensive spiritual music programme. This year, the programme will be brought to St Petersburg by the Choir of the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius and Cantores Minores, the Choir of Boys and Young Men of Helsinki Cathedral (the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral also known as St Nicholas' Church), who will perform in collaboration with the Boy Choir of the Glinka College. The highlight of the performance is Francis Poulenc’s cantata based on the Gloria text of the Mass. Poulenc’s incredibly beautiful 30-minute opus will be supported by choral programmes of student and school ensembles of St Petersburg and Petrozavodsk.
There are even more upcoming events scheduled to help create the springtime and carnival-like atmosphere, including performances of Carmina Burana’s revelry Orff, Perm’s Mlada Academic Chorus fun programme From Folk Music to Jazz, and favorite songs from the Soviet films by the St Petersburg TV and Radio Children’s Chorus. The organisers also included several theatrical productions into the festival’s playbill. Artists from Tokyo will present a semi-staged version of Ikuma Dan’s Yuzuru based on the Japanese folklore story Tsuru no Ongaeshi (“Crane’s Return of a Favor”). It tells the story of a simple-minded farmer, who fell victim to his own greed and lost his beloved crane-wife. Apart from Yuzuru, Stravinsky’s opera tale about a nightingale and the Chinese Emperor will be performed as part of the festival. Students of the Glinka Choral School will present their performance of Sergei Banevich’s opéra féerie The Snuff-Box Town. As tradition goes, the festival Maslenitsa in Song will conclude with burning of the straw scarecrow and arrival of Spring in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden.

3
March
Sunday
Mariinsky II
15:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song

stage cantata
Conductor: Andrei Petrenko

4
March
Monday
Concert Hall
19:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song
5
March
Tuesday
Concert Hall
19:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song
6
March
Wednesday
The Mussorgsky Hall
18:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song
7
March
Thursday
Concert Hall
19:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song

Conductor: Christian Knapp

8
March
Friday
Concert Hall
13:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song

semi-staged performance of opera

Concert Hall
19:30
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song
Marking 120 years since the birth of Francis Poulenc

Conductor: Andrei Petrenko

9
March
Saturday
Mariinsky Theatre
13:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song
opera in three acts
The Shchedrin Hall
17:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song
Concert Hall
19:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song

semi-staged performance of opera

10
March
Sunday
The Prokofiev Hall
15:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song
Performance by the Glinka Choral School
Mariinsky II
19:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song
springtime tale in a prologue and four acts
Concert Hall
19:00
IV International Festival Maslenitsa in Song


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