Monday, April 21, 2014

Trans-Siberian Art Festival 2014

Vajrayana Buddhism and shamanism from Sakha to Magada, Siberia (

From Spain to Japan: A Musical Journey
Ivolginsky Datsan Siberian Buddhist temple (S-D)
In 1893, the first railway bridge was built over the Ob river, and with it Novosibirsk was founded. One hundred and twenty years later, the internationally renowned violinist Vadim Repin is building new musical bridges in his hometown with the founding of a classical music festival. 

Novosibirsk (Новосибирск) is the third most populous city in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg and the most populous city in Asian Russia, with a population of 1,523,801 (2013 est.). It is the administrative center of Novosibirsk Oblast as well as of the Siberian Federal District. The city is located in the southwestern part of Siberia on the banks of the Ob river adjacent to the Ob River Valley, near the large Novosibirsk Reservoir formed by the dam of the Novosibirsk Hydro Power Plant and occupies an area of 502.1 square kms (193.9 sq mi). The city is informally known as the "Capital of Siberia."

Svetlana Smolina, Transsiberian Art Fest
In its first year, the Trans-Siberian Art Festival invites music lovers on an imaginary trip from Western Europe to Siberia. From March 31 to April 12, 2014, some of the most important symphonic and chamber music pieces by European composers such Bach, Bartók, Beethoven, Berlioz, Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Saint-Saёns will be played in juxtaposition with pieces by Mussorgsky, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Yusupov. The festival will be inaugurated in the recently completed Arnold Kats Concert Hall with Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole ("Spanish Symphony") under the musical direction of Kent Nagano. 

Siberia, 17th century (Witsen's Shaman)
This will be the second time ever that the joint performance of "Pas-dedeux for Toes and Fingers" by Vadim Repin and the prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova will be presented. The Israeli composer Benjamin Yusupov will attend the premiere of his violin concerto "Voices of Violin" by Repin with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra under their chief conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius. More

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