December 24 (Tuesday)

Denis Matsuev will perform with the Mariyinsky Theatre Orchestra lead by Valery Gergiev at the opening of the "Contemporary Piano Images" in St. Petersburg. The festival will close with a performance from piano player Nilokay Lugansky with the same orchestra on Dec. 30.

Denis Matsuev

Denis Matsuev. Source: Mikhail Sinitsyn

Anastasiya Volochok, Denis Kozhukhin, Rustam Muradov, Sergey Kasprov, Aleksandr Pirozhenko, Pavel Raikerum, Sergey Red'kin, Menahem Pressler, Piers Lane, and Anna Vinnitskaya will perform. Young students of Valery Pyasetsky will perform in between the big names. Nineteen piano players from different countries with international recognition will participate in the festival.

December 24-25 (Tuesday, Wednesday)

Various Christmas concerts have been planned in Moscow and St. Petersburg. On Dec. 24 the Moscow House of Music will host a concert "Dreams for Christmas." The music of Boccherini, Vivaldi, Rossini, Belafonte will be featured at the concert.

Da Camera e da Chiesa ensemble will hold a concert at Sergei Prokofiev's museum-apartment. Musicians will perform vocal duets of Mozart, Haydn, Rossini, Offenbach, Schumann, accompanied by a violin, piano and violoncello.

Several concerts will be held on Dec. 25. The House of Scientists will host a Christmas performance with an Argentine tango dance team lead by Vlada Zakharova. The Christmas program of international soloists vocal center Solveig will be held in the House of Composers.

Christmas Baroque Concert of Save Tempo chamber music ensemble will be held in the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella. The program will consist of Vivaldi, Daken, and Scarlatti music. 

December 25, 26 (Wednesday, Thursday)

The theatre club Masterskaya will host a festival of contemporary academic music "Translation Problems" on Dec. 25 and 26.

"Translation Problems"

"Translation Problems". Source: Press Photo

Kirill Shirokov and Sergey Chirkov will perform the music of Antoine Boyer’s "Three Drops of Rain", "East Wind", and "Ocean." Music by Dmitry Kurlandsky, Anna Romashkova, Arvo Pyarta, Sergey Nevsky, Helmut Lazenmann will be performed also.

December 27 (Friday)

Le poeme Harmonique Baroque Music Ensemble from France will perform pieces of Monteverdi, Marini, Manelli, Ferrari and folk songs at the Moscow House of Music. Le poeme Harmonique is a young band founded in 1998 by Vincent Dumestre.

Le poeme Harmonique

Le poeme Harmonique music band. Source: Press Photo

Musicians sing and play violins, theorbos, kalashones and baroque guitars. The instruments give an authentic performance and during the concert listeners feel like they are in an 17th century carnival. The ensemble has released more than fifteen CDs of Baroque music and had successful tours in European cities.

December 27 (Friday)

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall and the Moscow House of Music will host a concert of Le Divas, an Italian quartet with a Christmas and New Year program called “Christmas Gala.”

Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye) - Le Divas. Source: YouTube

The will perform with the New Russia Orchestra, which is lead by Italian director Alessandro D'Agostini. Four sopranos will perform the pieces from musicals, folk and popular songs.

January 2 (Thursday)

"Transfiguration of Kimono, art of Itiku Kubota"
"Transfiguration of Kimono, art of Itiku Kubota". Source: Press Photo

The exhibition "Transfiguration of Kimono, art of Itiku Kubota" will open in the Moscow Manezh exhibition hall. Kubota revived the ancient technique of Tsudzigahara, including such complex elements as paintings, unique coloration, and gold and silver embroidering.

The exhibition contains 80 masterworks. The central part of the exhibite, the series of kimonos called "Light Symphony," consists of 36 pieces. In addition, works from other series will be presented, including "Mount Fuji" and "Ocean."

January 5 (Sunday)

A multimedia exhibition "Van Gogh: Revived paintings" will open in the ARTPLAY gallery.

In the exhibit, paintings appear before the eyes of the audience or become live in video together with a soundtrack. A striking example is a piece in which 3,000 dynamical images change on giant panels, while classic music plays in the background.