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State Hermitage Museum Celebrates 250 Years in Song

Published: February 12, 2014 (Issue # 1797)



  • Arve Henriksen and Trio Mediaeval will perform at the Hermitage on Feb. 25.
    Photo: Oddleiv Apneseth / For SPT

Dedicated to the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage Museum, the 11th Musical Hermitage festival kicks off this week with performances by the U.K.s Lighthouse Trio and the Dutch Yuri HoningQuartet in a program entitled Dueling Saxophones. The festival is set to run from Sunday, Feb. 16 through Tuesday, Feb. 25 at various locations around the city.

Related: Hermitage Makes Room for Manifesta

The traditional week of European music at the end of winter is dedicated this year to the 250th anniversary of the State Hermitage, composer Sergei Yevtushenko, the festivals artistic director, told The St. Petersburg Times. As always, the festival program takes the variety of the museum collection as a starting point and includes both classic and contemporary jazz alongside medieval and world music performed by acknowledged masters of the genre. Most of the performer will appear in Russia for the first time, so almost every concert can be called a premiere, he said.

With performances scheduled by artists from the Netherlands, France, Italy, Sweden, Norway and, of course, Russia, the program this year is an eclectic mix of jazz and classical music.

Two of the festivals concerts this year are included in the official program of the TheUK-Russia Yearof Culture Dueling Saxophones and Bilingual Shakespeare, said Yevtushenko. The French ethno-jazz pioneers Hadouk Trio will perform in three cities Moscow, St. Petersburg and Pskov.

The opening concert will take place at the State Academic Capella with performances by Yuri HoningQuartet andTim Garlands Lighthouse Trio.Honing is known as being one of the most creative and fearless saxophonists today, according to The Times of London, on account of his tackling styles as diverse as Schubert, ABBA and Bjork.Honing, who received an Edison Award the Dutch equivalent of the Grammy for his album Seven, which was recorded in New York with Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motion has also performed with such legendary musicians as Herbie Hancock and Pat Metheny.

A 2009 Grammy winner, Tim Garland is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist, who also plays a variety of styles. His frequent creative partners include such stars of modern jazz as Chick Corea and Bill Bruford.As part of Lighthouse Trio, pianist Gwilym Simcock is recognized as one of the most interesting composers of the U.K. in both jazz and classical music.Percussionist Asaf Sikris brings Eastern and Latin American flavors to the sound of the group, putting it on a par with the some of the strongest jazz ensembles currently in existence.

The festival continues with Bilingual Shakespeare on Feb. 19 at the Erarta Museum. Dedicated to the bards 450th birthday, the event will include jazz and sonnets performed by artists from St. Petersburg, the Netherlands and the U.K. Hadouk Trio are due to perform on Feb. 21 in the atrium of the Hermitages General Staff building, with an evening of Bel Canto singing by the winners of the Spoleto opera festival appearing at the Capella on Feb. 23. The festival comes to a close on Feb. 25 with a performance by Norwegian jazz musician and composer Arve Henriksen and Trio Mediaeval in the atrium of the Hermitages General Staff Building.

For more information, visit www.hermitagemusic.ru and follow The St. Petersburg Times on Facebook and VKontakte for a chance to win tickets.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Sunday, Jan. 25


Get out your running shoes for the 46th International Road of Life Marathon. Dedicated to the end of the blockade, three runs are offered 5, 21 and 42 kilometer runs starting in different places outside the city. Busses leave from 13/1 Arsenalnaya Naberezhny at 8 a.m. but check complete details and registration fees on www.newrunners.ru/race/doroga-zhizni-2015



If you are planning a wedding, head over to the Azimut Hotel, 43/1 Lermontovsky Prospekt from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The day includes live music, free dance classes and vendors selling wedding dresses, accessories, cakes and services to help make your special day perfect. Admission is free.



Monday, Jan. 26


Feeling stressed by the crisis? The Northwest Coach University at 3 Ulitsa Vostsstanaya is hosting a master class by lifecoach Tatiana Almazova. She will shed light on the coaching process, the usefulness of coaching during times of economic downturn and how coaching can improve your career and business prospects. The event starts at 7 p.m. and admission is free. Pre-register by calling 424 3700.



Discover the State Hermitage Museum's collection of English painting at a lecture by art historian Yelizaveta Renne at the Prince Galitzine Library, 46 Nab. Reki Fontanki. The event starts at 6 p.m. and the lecture will be followed by a concert of arias, songs and duets by English composer Henry Purcell. The event is free of charge.



Tuesday, Jan. 27


Celebrate the 71st anniversary of the end of the Siege of Leningrad on Palace Square with a free concert at 7 p.m. Listen to WWII-era songs and the poetry of Olga Bergholz while you peruse outdoor exhibitions dedicated to life during wartime. The event is capped off by a fireworks display at 9 p.m.



Stop by the Lexica School of Foreign Languages at 73 Ligovsky Prospekt from now until Friday for a free English lesson. The classes start at 7 p.m. and cover all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Registration by telephone on 7641692 and a desire to improve your skills are the only prerequisites.







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