Philharmonic Society Holds Press Conference on Classical Concerts as Part of MINSK 2019
June 08 2019

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Anisimov will give the final concert of the season on 12 June, 19:00. The concert will be held at the Big Hall of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society.

For the climactic 2018-2019 season finale, maestro Anisimov selected special rarely performed musical pieces. 

One of them is the Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevroniya, an opera by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov which has never been on stage in Minsk before. Soloists Irina Krikunova, Viktor Mendelev and the orchestra will perform the first act of the opera arranged for concerts.

Borodin's symphonic epilogue from the Mlada Opera, which was commissioned by the Directorate of Imperial Theatres to four composers (Alexander Borodin, Modest Mussorgsky, Cesar Cui and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov), but was finished by Rimsky-Korsakov, will also be premiering, and the audience will hear Symphony No. 1 by Sergei Rachmaninoff, which is yet another rarely performed piece.

On 22 June, the Big Hall of the Philharmonic Society will have the Grand Piano Marathon. The best Belarusian pianists will perform for 12 hours straight from 10:00 to 22:00. The programme offers piano duels, four-hands and six-hands, workshops and an exhibition of musical instruments. Visitors will get to know more about the performers and try the Free Piano. Admission is free, advance registration is required at

‘This will be the first time that so many Belarusian pianists – from beginners to folk pianists – gather at the philharmonic hall to participate in a marathon, and a piano marathon is certainly not easier than running 42 km. I appreciate that young people are proactive and bring forward ideas like this’, said Yuri Gildiuk, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Society.

The Moonlight concert will take place at the Big Hall on 23 June, 19:00. The Moonlight is a unique-format show that combines music, light, dance, literature and painting. It will feature famous pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi and other composers performed by the best Belarusian talents. The performance will transport the audience with the help of the play of light and shadow, motley colours and rich 3D sound created by means of special arrangement of musical instruments. The story embedded in the concert will create the effect of an unfolding plot, and the paintings will help spectators understand the artistic vision even better. 

The speakers of the press conference were:

Yuri Gildiuk, Artistic Director of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society;

Olga Tsetserskaya, Director of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Belarus;

Artem Shaplyko, soloist of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society, pianist, teacher and Director of the Artem Shaplyko Music School;

Maria Bondarenko, Director of GP Solutions, founder of the ‘Renaissance of Classics' Centre of Art and Culture, mastermind of the 'World of Classical Music' project.

Olga Grigoryeva, Head of MEGOC 2019 Cultural Programme.

‘All events staged by the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society as part of the 

2nd European Games 2019 are the combination of the power of sport with the energy of music,’ said Olga Grigoryeva. ‘We are pleased to offer the guests and residents of Minsk a chance to get to know the masterpieces of classical music and attend exciting events.’

Do not miss the most impressive cultural events of this bright summer!


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