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The new season of the Tchaikovsky Bolshoi Symphonic Orchestra will be launched by a Jubilee Performance by Vladimir Fedoseev. It has been 50 years since Vladimir Fedoseev began his career as the conductor and director of the Orchestra. It is an interesting coincidence that Fedoseev was born in almost the same year that the Bolshoi Symphonic Orchestra was founded. Both are 75 years old. And in classical music, the years can work the same magic as they do for wine; it can only get better. This time the Orchestra performs “Missa Solemnis” by Beethoven. Fedoseev says that he has always been searching for the ”key” to Beethoven’s music, which to him is more modern than the most modern compositions. “Missa Solemnis” was his goal. He has already conducted the Mass in Moscow and in Rome, but without the best results as he could never find the right soloist for the piece. This October the result promises to be outstanding as Fedoseev has invited first rank performers.

Moscow Conservatory Large Hall
20 and 26 October 19:00
B. Nikitskaya, 13/6
M. Bibilioteka im. Lenina
(495) 629-9401

Among the special guests is the most distinguished choir from Vienna, ”Zingferein”. The Choir was founded 150 years ago which makes it the oldest choir in Vienna.

And on the 26th of October, Vladimir Fedoseev presents a unique project – a musical performance of ”War and Peace” based on the book by L. Tolstoy. The repertoire includes the famous Waltz from the opera by Prokofi ev and the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky.

Drive Dance Project 2

If you have ever dreamed of dancing like Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears or Madonna, you now have the chance to learn right here in Moscow. Eight top choreographers will be giving classes for three months in the newly opened fi tness center Onegin. The idea of creating the Drive Dance Project was producer’s Dmitry Sokolov, who; as a major dance star and has received many dance awards. “When I lived in London I became acquainted with many famous choreographers. We were at a party celebrating another release from Madonna when one of them asked me how things were in Moscow, and asked me to tell him more about Russia ballet. My Western colleague was surprised to know that I knew the word RnB and could even dance it.”

At that moment Dmitry decided to show the world that Russia can keep up with the modern trends such as Jazz Dance, Street, Hip Hop, Body Poppin, etc. Last year the Drive Dance Project was launched and it was a big success. Dmitry believes that his project contributes to Russian pop-culture as he could see changes in the performances of Russian celebrities. The point, though, is that every one, even a beginner, can join the classes. “People often ask what it means to work with celebrities. The truth is that there is none. I enjoy teaching newcomers, developing a person, watching how he can get so far from knowing nothing. It truly does not matter whether he or she is a star or not,” says Nader Musharbash (regular choreographer of Jennifer Lopez) who came to Moscow for the press conference for Drive Dance Project. He enjoyed his work on the project last year and he is looking forward to coming back in October.

This year the Project has doubled the number of the top level teachers; the biggest star will be Selatin Kara who will teach during December. He will arrive in Moscow after he finishes working with the Opera Bastille in Paris, the Stuttgart Ballet in Berlin and in Los Angeles.

Fitness Club Onegin
Malay Polyanka, 2/3
M. Polyanka
(495) 933-1107 

Another specialty this year is Drive Dance Week-ends, where the classes will be scheduled during the day and nights. The evening classes will be more like a club party with dance stars and Russian celebrities. Students will be offered a glass of champagne before the class starts.

So there is no point to envy the show biz stars, you can easily join them right in class. The club tickets are being sold until October 13. Three months with four choreographers will cost you 1200 euros.

Portraits by Anatoly Zverev

Anatoly Zverev is one the greatest portrait artists of the 20th century. He painted family members, friends, and acquaintances. In Soviet times he was regularly accused of parasitism (which was a crime), as he did not have a regular job, nor his own home. He stayed with various friends and paid them for their hospitality with portraits. His friends remember that he used whatever he could fi nd to create his paintings (even a broom). It took just several minutes to create a portrait and there were thousands who wished to have them painted. Zverev joked that he was an artist before 1960, but after that he became a “public artist”. For most of the general public, though, his art was nothing but daubs, which means that he never got any official titles or offi cial recognition. Yet, artists, musicians, poets, representatives of foreign countries; all of them were eager to have a portrait done by Zverev. His works are very psychological, as he always aimed to express the character of a person and his or her inner life. Much attention is paid to the eyes, the “the windows of the soul”. His works do not strive to make the person recognizable, as they are anonymous for the viewing public. Nonetheless, they express the individuality and uniqueness of each personality. Entrance 50-150 r.

Dom Naschokina
Until October 21
Vorotnikovsky Pereulok, 12
M. Mayakovskaya
(495) 699-1178, (495) 699-4774

Jazz Olymp

Joe Bonamassa started his music career at a very young age. He is not 30 years old, but he has been composing, singing and playing the guitar for more than 20 years. When he was four years old his parents wanted him to play the piano and the violin, but the future bluesman chose the guitar exclusively. At the age of 12, he was already ”warming up” the audience for the great B. B. King. The ”King of Blues” was impressed by the mastery of the musical prodigy. In 2000 Bonamassa recorded his fi rst CD, ”A New Day Yesterday” which brought him up to world class stardom.

Another treat from the Moscow International House of Music is a concert by Stephenia Nakasyan. She has been among the leading jazz vocalists since the 1980’s. Critics say that her voice has the charm of Ella Fitzgerald. She has several albums out, is a regular guest on TV, radio and at numerous music festivals. And she finds time to teach at the University of Virginia and write books!

Joe Bonamassa – October 14, 19:00
Stephania Narkosya – October 21, 19:00
Moscow International House of Music
Kosmodamianskaya Embankment 52, Bldg. 8
M. Paveletskaya
(495) 730-4359

A Man with a Wand

Last time Riccardo Muti, the world famous conductor, conducted opera at the Bolshoi Theater was 17 years ago. He came that time with the La Scala Theater. He comes this time with the Luigi Cherubini Orchestra which boasts the very best of Italian musicians. The Orchestra was founded 3 years ago and Senor Muti headed the special committee who selected every single musician. The restored Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Academic Music Theater will be hosting Muti. Moscow will get to hear the opera “Don Pasquale” which was Riccardo Muti’s debut opera performance in 1971. He had been invited by the famous Herbert von Karajan to perform at the Salzburg Music Festival. Since then, Senor Muti’s triumphs have been consistent as he has performed at major festivals and world famous concert halls. The Moscow performance takes place as part of the Festival “Cherry Woods”

Stanislavsky and Nimerovich-Danchenko
Academic Music Theater
October 27-28, 19:00
Bolshaya Dmitrovka, 17
M. Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya
(495) 629-2835

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