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The first events of the Platonovfest-2013 are announced!

The head of the Festival Mikhail Bychkov. Photo by Yury Danilov

The head of the Festival Mikhail Bychkov presented the main musical events and some performances of the theatre program of the Platonovfest-2013 for the Media.

The Third Platonov Arts Festival will take place in Voronezh, from 3 to 15 June 2013. 

There will be 11 main events in its music program, which later be added by free outdoor events, youth concerts and more.

Music program is formed of the names of outstanding performers of Italy, Israel, Russia, Germany, Britain, Austria. Among the participants of 2013 there are soloists, three large orchestras and three ensembles. Examples of contemporary vocal art will be presented at the concert of opera classics and at the performance of choral group.

In general, the music program can be described as star studded. Despite the fact that all the ensembles and soloists belong to different generations, all of them are in the elite world of the performing arts, and each name can beautify the festival of any level.

The unique concert of Barbara Frittoli (soprano, Italy) will open the Third Platonov festival. The basis of the program will be arias from operas by Giuseppe Verdi, the 200th anniversary of which the world will celebrate in 2013. According to critics, Frittoli is one of the best Verdi soprano of the day. Italian diva will perform such a large-scale program of works by Verdi in Russia for the first time.

Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky is a world class musician. Along with the Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimir Verbitsky he will perform the  Cello Concerto by Antonin Dvořak and "Kol Nidrei" by Max Bruch.

Music critics call Boris Berezovsky «the new Richter». June 8 pianist will perform Sergei Rachmaninov's Preludes, and tales by Nikolai Medtner. This rarely performed classic is one of the Berezovsky’s favorite composers – in 2006 pianist initiated "Medtner Festival" in Russia. With the Voronezh Academic Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Igor Verbitsky Boris Berezovsky will perform Piano Concerto by Johannes Brahms.

Festival audience will hear a String sextet "Transfigured Night " - the last nocturne of the XIX century, written by the founder of the New Viennese School Arnold Schoenberg. Nocturne will be performed by an ensemble of soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic. The soloists of world famous collective will also perform the Octet by the great German romantic Mendelssohn.

"Kopelman Quartet", one of the best chamber ensembles in the world, was founded in 2002 by Mikhail Kopelman, who was the renowned leader of the Borodin Quartet for twenty years. At the festival the ensemble will present string quartets by Schubert, Shostakovich and Penderecki. The String Quartet by Polish contemporary classic Krzysztof Penderecki will be performed in Voronezh for the first time.

Famous violinist, violist and conductor Julian Rachlin will appear at the festival as soloist and conductor. As a conductor musician has collaborated with the world leading orchestras. The Youth Symphony Orchestra led by Rachlin will perform lyrical "Italian" Symphony by Mendelssohn, and as a soloist Rachlin will perform Concerto № 2 by Shostakovich.

The Voronezh State Academic Russian Folk Choir will present the program "Folk of the Platonov's years".

Studio for New Music Ensemble (Moscow) will present two projects.

The concert-portrait, dedicated to the works of Andrei Volkonsky (1933 - 2008), the composer, harpsichordist and conductor, will become a premiere. Volkonsky was the founder of the Soviet avant-garde and the creator of a new musical language. As his favorite writer Andrey Platonov, he was an important figure in Russian culture of the XX century.

Next day the Moscow ensemble will perform the music of Andrey Platonov's prose. The concert "Chevengur" will be formed of works by contemporary Russian composers: Galina Ustvolskaya, Alexander Vustin, Dmitri Kourliandski and Vladimir Tarnopolsky.

In the park of the Ramon castle the Voronezh Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yuri Androsov will perform with the temperamental cellist Borislav Strulev and the world famous virtuoso accordionist Aidar Gainullin. Viewers will hear the program of works by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla who revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style.

The festival music program will be closed by the concert of the Russian National Orchestra conducted by People's Artist of the RSFSR maestro Mikhail Pletnev. One of the best symphony orchestras in the world will perform music from the ballet "The Seasons" by Alexander Glazunov and Symphony № 9 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Then some of the theatre events of the festival 2013 were presented to the audience.

Mikhail Bychkov expressed gratitude for cooperation to Chekhov International Theatre Festival and its general director Valery Shadrin.

Platonov festival will continue to organize joint projects with Russia's largest theatre festival. Three performances of the XI Chekhov Festival will be performed in Voronezh.

«Deca Dance» by Ohad Naharin in collaboration with Batsheva Dance Company dancers (Tel Aviv, Israel) will be showed at the Platonov Festival. 

“...this is a fascinating guide to the breadth of Naharin’s performative palate and musical tastes… blessed with a superb international troupe of dancers…provides an excellent window on the world of an ambitious and thoughtful choreographer”.

Mark Brown – Telegraph, 2008

Compagnie des Petites Heures (Paris, France) will present at the festival performance «Murmures des Murs» directed by Victoria Chaplin-Thiérrée

“The Chaplin-Thiérrée family with their strong genes, outward and artistic likeness and burlesque theatre backgrounds invariably produces very special, incredibly touching, stunning and detached performances. ‘Murmures des murs’ submerges the viewers into the personage’s weird, flickering and poetic inner world. This creature who gaze expresses amazement and naïveté animates inanimate objects, makes the walls talk and turns cardboard into monsters… The walls acquire the history. With the help of cleverly designed sets and anonymous assistants Aurelia with perfect elegance reveals to us the mysteries of the walls <…> The actress speaks about the past with goof-natured humor and nostalgia. She demonstrates striking inventiveness when submerging us into the other worlds. In this production burlesque is neighboring on circus and dance. It is a harmonious action combining spiritual purity, freshness and creativeness”.

Brigitte Lemry, La Voix du Nord, May 11, 2011

And the third event will be "The Animals and Children Took to the Streets" by "1927" (London, Great Britain).

“Think Alexander Rodchenko meets Tim Burton, Charles Dickens meets Fritz Lang, and the early 20th-century silent movie meets the 21st-century graphic novel, and you have something of the flavour of this jawdroppingly clever and gloriously subversive parable of social mobility, revolution and its suppression <…> a really astonishing piece of work from 1927”.

The Guardian