On Easter, may 01, 2016, opened the Easter festival. It was created on the initiative of Valery Gergiev and the Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov in 2002, received the blessing of Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Alexy II and has since been held annually.
Musical feast traditionally consists of four sections: Symphony, chamber, choral and bell (chimes). The program consists of a series of affordable, or even free concerts. Celebrate the works of Russian (S. Prokofiev, M. Glinka, P. Tchaikovsky, S. Rakhmaninov, N. Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich) and world classics (R. Wagner, E. Grieg, W. A. Mozart, C. Debussy). The festival will feature not only outstanding bands from Russia, but also representatives of the Orthodox culture of Georgia, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria and guests from Armenia and Sweden.
The idea of such a festival dedicated to the Easter celebration originated in Western Europe. In 1967, in Salzburg it was proposed by Herbert von Karajan (Herbert von Karajan), who made emphasis on Opera. Performed music is often secular in nature. In Austria the programme consists of Opera, orchestral, chamber and choral parts. World fame came to the festivals at Easter in Luzern (Switzerland), Salzburg (Austria), Baden-Baden (Germany), Brno (Czech Republic), Vienna (Austria) and AIX-EN-Provence (France).
Valery Gergiev – Russian Director of Ossetian origin, which has worldwide recognition. A graduate of Leningrad Conservatory, currently artistic Director of the Mariinsky theatre. He also directed the Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestra, the London Symphony orchestra, the State Symphony orchestra of Armenia, the Munich Philharmonic orchestra.
Sources: Valery Gergiev, Festival of Easter in Russia, Festival of Easter in Swiss, Festival of Easter in UK, Festival of Easter in Austria, Festival of Easter in Chezh Republic, Festival of Easter in France.