In the country, 2023 has been declared the Year of Rachmaninoff.

Photo by Alexander Shapunov, culture.gov.ru

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Rachmaninov. Celebrations on the occasion of the anniversary, as reported by the press service of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, will be held throughout the country as part of the Year of the Composer, which is announced in 2023. A series of festive events will open on January 5 with a concert at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg.

On January 5, Valery Gergiev will open the Year of Rachmaninoff at the Mariinsky-2 at the Mariinsky Theatre. The concert program includes opera, symphonic works and composition for piano and orchestra. The audience will be presented with Rachmaninov’s first opera Aleko, which will be performed in concert, the famous Symphonic Dances, Rachmaninov’s last major work written in exile, as well as Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

As Valery Gergiev said, the Year of Rachmaninoff in Russia should be celebrated with music. Almost all of the composer’s works will be performed at the Mariinsky Theater as part of the anniversary concerts, Gergiev promised. He also said that Rachmaninoff’s music would be performed in his homeland, Veliky Novgorod, at his Ivanovka estate in the former Tambov province. Possible concerts in Votkinsk, Klin, which are associated with the name of Tchaikovsky. “We will do our part of the work, go our part of the way and celebrate the year of our great composer Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninov at a very high level,” said Valery Gergiev, Artistic Director and Director of the Mariinsky Theatre.

Formerly online edition “Teacher’s newspaper” reportedthat preparations have begun in the Urals for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. In the spring of 2023, a large-scale Rachmaninov Festival will take place here. As part of a large-scale renovation of the children’s music school named after Sergei Rachmaninov in Kislovodsk near the building of the educational institution will open monument to the great Russian composer.