Washington Symphony Orchestra will participate in the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival for the first time

The arrival of one of the most famous American ensembles to the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival is the event far beyond music society. It has general culture importance.

The 90th anniversary of great Russian musician Mstislav Rostropovich is celebrated in 2017.

The opening day of the VIII Mstislav Rostropovich International Festival is traditionally held on the date of his birthday. St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra under the management of Yuri Temirkanov will perform in Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory on the 27th of March.

The National Symphony Orchestra of the USA will perform on the 29th and the 30th of March. This ensemble visits Moscow for the first time since 1993, when it performed on the Red Square in the framework of Russian tour. That concert became worldwide known. It was conducted by Mstislav Rostropovich.

The Washington Symphony Orchestra will perform under its’ current music director Christoph Eschenbach in Moscow on the 29th and the 30th of March, and in the St. Petersburg Philharmonic on the 31st of March. The ensemble will perform works favorited by Rostropovich: The Symphony No. 9 (Schubert) and the Symphony No. 8 (Shostakovich). Alice Wallerstein will be a lead performer. The brilliant young cellist will perform the Piano Concerto No. 1 (Shostakovich), dedicated to Rostropovich.

Musical performances dedicated to the 90th anniversary of Mstislav Rostropovich have already started. They began in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in November, 2016, continued in the Russian Embassy to the United States on the 10th of March and in the Ferguson Center for the Arts on the 12th of March. The series of remembrance celebrations will be concluded in the Washington on the 8th of April.

The talent of Mstislav Rostropovich is universally appreciated. Maestro conducted best musical collectives of Great Britain, Germany, France, and Japan. He was a music director of the Washington Symphony Orchestra for 17 years.