Kremlin to Sponsor International Orchestra Festival in Moscow

Classic Arts News   Kremlin to Sponsor International Orchestra Festival in Moscow
The Kremlin is sponsoring an international orchestra festival in Moscow next month to celebrate Russia's Independence day, reports the New York Times.

The Festival of the World's Symphony Orchestras has booked five ensembles so far, including the Israel Philharmonic with Zubin Mehta and the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini led by Lorin Maazel.

The Israel Philharmonic will open the festival on June 3 playing Beethoven's Leonore Overture, Strauss's Till Eulenspiegel and Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique.

The festival will conclude on June 12, the anniversary of the day in 1990 when the Russian Parliament declared its sovereignty. The holiday was established by Boris Yeltsin and is now celebrated with large parades.

According to the Times, the festival was made possible by cash from the Russian oil boom. Most concerts will take place in the Hall of Columns, the former ballroom of the pre-revolutionary aristocracy near the Kremlin, which is now frequently used a concert venue.

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