3rd International Music Festival "Greater Hermitage Music"
On 21-25 July, 2003, the Hermitage hosted the concert program "Carnival
in Northern Venice" of the 3rd International Music Festival "Greater
Hermitage Music", presented by the Hermitage Music Academy Foundation
and Radio Hermitage.
On 26 June, 2001, 360 musicians from 6 European countries performed in
the Hermitage Courtyard Krzysztof Penderecki's oratorium "The Seven
Gates of Jerusalem", conducted by the composer.
On 21 July, the 3rd International Music Festival "Greater Hermitage Music" was opened by the Hermitage musical promenade, accompanied by soloists of the Hermitage Orchestra, chamber ensembles and Millenium Chamber Choir. The promenade took guests of the festival to the Big Italian Sky-light Hall, where the Italian chamber orchestra "Accademia Bizantina" conducted by Ottavio Dantone performed music of Mozart, Haydn and arias and fragments from Sarti's opera "Julio Sabino" written in Venice in 1781.
On 23 July, the museum's courtyard was full of people wearing traditional Venetian carnival masks and dresses. Lyubov Kazarnovskaya's gala concert was preceded by Italian music performed by chamber instrumental ensembles, chamber choirs and the Admiralty Orchestra of the Leningrad Naval Base. The ballet company "Style" and actors wearing costumes from Aleksandr Sokurov's film "Russian Ark" took part in the theatrical performance. The concert was opened by fragments from Petr Chaykovsky's opera "Swan Lake" performed by the National Academic Theater of Ballet of St. Petersburg (artistic director Yury Petukhov). Arias from Italian operas were performed by a big symphony orchestra and four choirs, conducted by maestro Saulus Sondeckis.
On 25 July, the musical program in the palace courtyard was opened by Petr Chaykovsky's "Italian Capriccio", performed by the National Academic Theater of Ballet of St. Petersburg. The Italian opera star Katia Riciarelli and soloists of the Mariinsky Theater sang areas and scenes from Italian operas of the 17th-20th centuries, conducted by Mats Liljefors (Sweden).