LIFE&CULTURE

Fall in Moscow: rain and snow are no hindrance to art

There is a popular Russian song that goes:

‘Nature has no bad weather -

all kinds of weather are a blessing.

Rain and snow - any season of the year

Should be accepted with gratitude.’

It’s hard to argue with these lyrics. Still, we can all agree that it’s difficult to be grateful for rain and snow. This is where an interesting play or a concert by your favorite performer can come in handy.

Those who aren’t afraid to brave the fall or winter weather and are ready to get out of the house will be awarded with plenty of great experiences.

At the end of November, the Tretyakov Gallery will be opening a unique exhibition of treasures from the permanent exhibition of the Vatican, which art aficionados from all over the world travel to see. These works of art rarely leave the Vatican, which means this exhibition is an important event not only for Russia and Europe, but for the entire world as well. Visitors will be able to see 17th-18th century art, including works by Raphael, Caravaggio, Giovanni Bellini and Nicolas Poussin.

The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, with participation from the Uffizi Gallery, is hosting an exhibition of works by Raphael called “Raphael. Poetry of Image. Works from the Uffizi Gallery and Other Italian Collections” until December 11.

Guests will be shown 8 paintings and 3 drawings of the Italian painter and architect Raffaello Sanzio. These works include the portraits of Agnolo Doni and his wife Maddalena. The most significant work presented at the exhibition is the “The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia” with St. Paul, St. John the Evangelist, St. Augustine and Mary Magdalene.

The new theatre season offers residents and guests of the capital several premiers that will be most interesting to deep thinkers who like reflect on the meaning of life. At the Gogol Center, the audience can learn about the fate of Franz Kafka, a modest clerk who was secretly fascinated by literature. He wanted all of his manuscripts to be destroyed and burned after his death (including the novels The Trial and The Castle). However, his will executor violated the writer’s will. Kafka’s works, filled with bizarre imagery and paradoxical plotlines, were published posthumously. This is how he became famous, and his name became synonymous with Absurdism. In Kirill Serebrennikov’s play “Kafka,” biographical pieces from the author’s life are intertwined with stories generated by his own imagination. The characters imagined by Kafka interact with real people from his life.

The Theatre of Nations has taken a literary cult classic of the 20th century, “A Clockwork Orange.” Anthony Burgess began working on “A Clockwork Orange” after doctors said he had no more than a year to live. The novel he was working on was based on a personal tragedy: during WWII, his pregnant wife was raped, after which she lost the baby and attempted to commit suicide. The play’s authors have only kept the key messages - violence and our ability to overcome it.

Fans of classical music are in for a surprise at the Moscow International House of Music. On October 25, the venue is hosting an evening dedicated to the 125th birthday of Sergey Prokofiev, whom many musicians consider to have been a true genius. Maestro Vladimir Spivakov has put together a program of the composer’s concertos and symphonic suites. Among other pieces, there will excerpts from the famous ballet, the manifesto of love "Romeo and Juliet."

At the end of October, the Barvikha Luxury Village concert hall is hosting a show by Leningrad - one of the most prominent Russian bands. It was founded in 1997 by Sergey Shnurov, who is famous for his flamboyant personality. He is known for his shameless lyrics and using a lot of curse words in his songs. Of course, this leads to a lot of controversy surrounding his art. His band’s concerts are always completely packed.

Those who enjoy rock music will be happy to know there is a concert by the legendary Scottish band Nazareth on October 25. It has almost been 50 years since Nazareth performed at their first show, but they are still going! Their biggest hits have been immortalized as true rock anthems. Nazareth’s platinum single “Love Hurts” became one of the most famous ballads in rock history.

On November 1, Crocus City Hall is holding a concert by the French musician Yann Tiersen, whom the public knows first and foremost as the author of the soundtrack to the film “Amelie.” Ever since the movie came out, music lovers from all over the world started following this composer’s work with great interest. The movie became the turning point in Tiersen’s 20-year-long career. He had written the tunes long before the film came out, but his career didn’t skyrocket until after its release. The musician can play around fifteen instruments, but usually sticks to the piano, accordion, violin and the electric guitar during his shows.

On November 4, the Moscow House of Music is holding a benefit of the People’s Artist Vasily Gerello - a soloist of the Mariinsky Theatre. The world-famous opera star sings in Russian, Ukrainian, French and German. He loves singing in Italian, which is no coincidence considering that his great grandfather was Italian. His schedule is packed for years in advance: Munich, New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Milan...and everybody is happy to have him. The concert program includes arias from operas, along with Russian, Ukrainian and Neapolitan songs and romances.

On November 8, there is a big event at the Bolshoi Theatre - an evening dedicated to the 90th birthday of opera prima Galina Vishnevskaya. Unfortunately, the singer herself passed away in December 2012, before her jubilee. Vishnevskaya was both a cultural icon of the USSR and a political figure as well. The successful Bolshoi Theatre soloist and her husband Mstislav Rastropovich, a prominent musician, have always toured a lot all over the world. Vishnevskaya has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, at the La Scala, and at Covent Garden. The couple were a source of national pride until they spoke up in defense of the disgraced writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in 1969. They invited him to stay at their dacha and wrote a letter in his support. The authorities did not respond in kind. Five years later, the couple once again asked Leonid Brezhnev to allow them to travel abroad. At first the trip was considered to be a sort of work trip. However, four years later Vishnevskaya and Rastropovich were stripped of their Soviet citizenship. They lived in the US for a long time and in France, continuing to tour all over the world. The only place they were not welcome was back home. The couple was granted Russian citizenship again in 1990. Galina Vishnevskaya and her husband became close friends with Boris Yeltsin and his wife.

On November 8, the Moscow House of Music is hosting the French cinema legend, Catherine Deneuve. Her creative night “Live Interview” will be held in Russia for the first time. Catherine, who first became famous after her role in the 1964 film “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” has been a popular movie star and a symbol of French beauty since then: talented, noble, exquisite, the embodiment of femininity, beauty and charm. During the “Live Interview,” the actress will talk about her life, showing photographs and videos from her favorite roles in cinema. Audience members will have the unique opportunity to ask her questions directly. The meeting will be held in French, with an interpreter.

On November 15, the State Kremlin Palace is holding a concert starring Ian Gillan, who will be performing songs by the legendary band Deep Purple. Ian Gillan is truly a mega-star, and getting to see him in concert is a real treat.

On November 27, there will be a Lara Fabian concert at Crocus City Hall. The Canadian singer of Belgian origin performs her own songs, as well as songs by famous composers. Fabian’s famous composition “Je t’aime” became a true anthem for lovers all over the world.

On December 7, the Uruguayan actress and singer Natalia Oreiro is performing in Moscow. After the show “Wild Angel” aired in Russia, the Latin American star acquired a lot of fans here. The other popular TV show she starred in was “Rich and Famous.” Oreiro then released a solo album that sold over two million copies all over the world. By the way, Natalia Oreiro gave her first solo concert in Russia almost 15 years ago. The show was sold out in a matter of hours.

On December 9, Kristina Orbakaitė, daughter of the famous Soviet pop star Alla Pugacheva, is giving a solo concert. Pugacheva was the most famous singer during the Brezhnev era, as well as Gorbachev, Yeltsin and Putin. Pugacheva’s daughter is also quite famous, in part because of her personal life. She has three children from three different men. Only the last one, Mikhail Zemtsov, a Russian who immigrated to the US when he was a kid, officially married her.

In the middle of December, Moscow will be getting ready for the holidays: stores put up special displays, the streets are illuminated, there are decorated fir trees everywhere and adorable snowmen. Kids can attend a ton of special holiday events with the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus (Grandfather Frost), his granddaughter Snegurochka in a white fur coat and a bag of toys for the kids.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be New Year’s in Russia without “The Nutcracker.” This popular ballet will be featured in several Moscow theatres right before the New Year. This time, fans of the famous fairytale are in for a unique ice show. Evgeni Plushenko, a world-famous ice skating star, is preparing a fairytale for the whole family with elements of magic. The event organizers are very ambitious - they promise to put on what will be not only the best show in Europe, but the best show in the entire world! Evgeni Plushenko is a seven-time European champion, a three-time World champion and four-time Olympic medalist. He is famous for ice shows such as “The Snow King” and “The Snow King 2” for children and their parents. The show will take place at Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex on December 23-30, 2016.

 

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