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Horses for Courses

There is no such thing as the Social Season in Russia at the moment, but there are some annual events which the beau monde have marked in their social calendar. One of them is the Grand Prix Radio Monte Carlo at the Hippodrome. Until the 1917 Revolution, horseracing was a favourite pastime of the upper classes in Russia (remember the steeplechase in Anna Karenina) and today the Moscow smart set seems determined to recreate as many of the old ways of High Society as they can. Just as at Royal Ascot, Chantilly or Lexington Park, some people will go to look at the horses, and the gamblers will go for the betting; but the fashionable people will go to look at each other.

When: 29 May, racing starts at 1pm
Where: Central Moscow Hippodrome, 22 Ul. Begovaya, Building 1

Easter Parade

Yuri Bashmet

The IVth Moscow Easter Festival will take place from May 1 to May 11. The title is misleading because there are a lot of concerts taking place outside of Moscow, far across Russia. Some of the biggest names in Russian culture will be on show: the conductor Valery Gergiev, the singers Olga Borodina and Anna Netrebko, and the violist Yuri Bashmet. Here is what we like the sound of:

  • Vologda
    4 May, 6pm
    Noblemans Assembly
    Ekaterina Semenchuk (mezzo-soprano)
    Andrei Pluzhnikov (tenor)
    Larisa Gergieva(piano)
  • Moscow
    7 May, 8pm
    Large Hall of Moscow Conservatory
    Shostakovich Symphony No.7
    Conductor Valery Gergiev
    8 May, 7pm
    Central Theatre of Russian Army

    Valery Gergiev

    Prokofiev War and Peace
    Soloists (including Anna Netrebko), choir and symphony orchestra
    Mariinsky Theatre
    Conductor Valery Gergiev
    9 May, 7pm
    Large Hall of Moscow Conservatory
    Gala concert with Anna Netrebko, Nikolai Schneider, Yuri Bashmet

The IVth Moscow Easter Festival
When: May I to May 11
Where: Moscow and all over Central Russia
For a full programme of events please visit the festival website at

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