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18 May 2018 All news

TO THE MUSIC OF “VIVALDI ORCHESTRA”

Вивальди-оркестр

The “Vivaldi-Orchestra”, conducted by Svetlana Bezrodnaya, is unique of its kind. It has been performing on the Russian stage for about thirty years. The all-female orchestra is a highly professional team with a unique artistic image and style.

Svetlana BezrodnayaThe orchestra was founded in 1989 by the famous violinist, People’s Artist of Russia Svetlana Bezrodnaya. It has conquered the most prestigious concert halls of the world, and performed at “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”. This time the International Festival of Arts is to host an extensive solo program by the orchestra in the Vitebsk Regional Philharmonic Society on 11 July, and the performance at the Opening Ceremony of “Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk”.

The deputy artistic director, the orchestra producer Rostislav Cherny agreed to answer the reporter’s questions and shared the latest news about the band by phone.  

- The orchestra has a premiere scheduled for 21 May. The program is called “Solitude of Don Juan”. The first act will feature Mozart. Svetlana’s found a transcription of his opera “Don Juan” for a string quartet, made by his follower in 1795, four years after the composer's death, and arranged it for a chamber orchestra with harpsichord, bells and drums. The famous artist Yuri Belyaev will read fragments from Hoffman’s novel, while in the second part the orchestra will play “Don Juan” by Gluck. The little-known and rarely performed composition will be complemented by Balmont’s poems.  

– The orchestra will mark its anniversary next year. How are you preparing for the celebration?

- Last year we had a pre-anniversary tour in the Volga region. The “Vivaldi-Orchestra” visited Kazan, Yoshkar-Ola, Cheboksary and other cities. Currently, we are giving a lot of concerts in the Moscow Region. We begin preparing for the opening of the season in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. We’ve decided to offer a more mosaic program. The season will open in November with a concert presenting trends of the local jazz in the light of the world jazz. It’s a kind of demonstration of mutual enrichment, mutual influence of cultures. Then there will be an interesting program to be held by a great dancer and choreographer Vladimir Vasiliev.

It’s also planned to go on a big Trans-Siberian tour. We’ll travel a great distance and give a lot of concerts in such cities as Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kemerovo, Barnaul, Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Angarsk. The main anniversary evening of the orchestra will be held in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in January 2019.

- Svetlana Borisovna was inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s orchestra, founded by the composer at the basilica of San Pietro in Venice in the early XVIII century, wasn’t she?

- When Svetlana came to the Ministry of Culture in 1989, she said she had an orchestra. Meanwhile, it was only a project of hers. But the idea was picked up and approved. Svetlana took the Vivaldi orchestra as model, which was known as an all-female chamber orchestra. But she wanted to avoid the word “female”. The “Vivaldi Orchestra” is not a dedication to the music of one composer, although it’s largely performed, but rather a designation of the model created by him.

We’re working in several directions. One of them is the world music heritage from Baroque to early and late avant-garde with an emphasis on the Russian classics, where a special place is taken by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Since 2014, we’ve implemented several projects for the 175th Anniversary of the composer's birth. We created musical and literary performances with the artist Yuri Belyaev, who remarkably played the character of Pyotr Ilyich. One of the programs was based on letters and diaries, and included fragments from operas, ballets, and Quartet No 1. A great part of the literary basis was devoted to Modest Tchaikovsky. This tetralogy is our contribution to perpetuation of the Russian genius. Although his name was eternalized long ago, his music is played all over the world. He had a great influence on the culture of all countries and peoples.

The second direction of our work is the music of jazz orchestras of the world of the 1950s. At first, it was taken with caution, but now we sell out concert halls.  

We pay much attention to the songs by the Soviet authors, the great heritage of the Great Patriotic War. We’ve recorded about a hundred songs by the authors of the pre-war and post-war periods.

A special place in our creativity is given to the Crimean theme. Last March we held the festival “Crimean Spring” in Yalta, Simferopol and Sevastopol. For the Crimean citizens those were charity concerts.

-The status of your team is Svetlana Bezrodnaya's Theatre of Music. What is meant by that?

- That is a creative formula of Svetlana Bezrodnaya's condition. The theater of music does exist in legal status, but it’s an integral whole with the Russian State Academic Chamber “Vivaldi Orchestra”, which has the high title of the presidential grant team. The theatrical aspect is manifested in the literary component, in the set design.

The music lovers will have a chance to enjoy all of that at the festival. We are preparing for meeting with Vitebsk.