By Lyudmila Minokova
The 74th season of the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society promises to be bright and intense, as musicians prepare for the Philharmonic’s special jubilee next year. Music lovers have already enjoyed the first programme of the new concert season, listening to the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Belarus in the Main Hall.
The festive evening began with a performance by Belarusian musician Ivan Karizna, aged 19; he graduated from the Belarusian Cello School and now studies with famous teachers in Paris, enjoying a tight working schedule. He is next to perform in Samara and St. Petersburg, while giving solo concerts in the USA and Europe.
“We were lucky that Ivan found time to come to Belarus,” asserts Alexander Anisimov, Artistic Leader of the State Academic Symphony Orchestra. “It was vital to open the season with a young and successful Belarusian artiste.”
Ivan performed Variations on a Rococo Theme, for the cello, with the Tchaikovsky orchestra. Mahler’s Symphony #2 was also performed, while Kaunas’ State Choir was the highlight of the evening.
Of course, this is only the beginning of the season, with other wonderful evenings lying ahead. New pieces by Belarusian composers are to be performed, alongside works by O. Messiaen, G. Kancheli, Jacob ter Veldhuis and K. Shimanovsky. The State Symphony Orchestra of Belarus is to take part in the Days of Belarus in Vilnius and St. Petersburg while also visiting Japan, France, Germany and other countries, allowing foreign music lovers to enjoy their talent.
The artistic bands of the Philharmonic are to perform new pieces. For instance, the I. Zhinovich National Academic Folk Orchestra of Belarus has eleven programmes for the new season, with most honouring the 120th anniversary of the birth of Yanka Kupala and Maxim Bogdanovich. Meanwhile, the Philharmonic already enjoys international activity. The Baltic Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra from Gdansk has already given a concert in the Main Hall. Performances by the Zielona Gora Philharmonic Orchestra and an Irish dance group are next in line. Belarusians are also awaiting the Yuri Bashmet International Festival, the Vladimir Spivakov Invites International Musical Festival and the Moniuszko International Piano Competition of Slavic Music with bated breath.