The past year has been rich in events for the National Academic Concert Orchestra of Belarus, led by People’s Artist of Belarus Mikhail Finberg. In its many years of musical-educational activity, the orchestra has been awarded the status of ‘Academic’, while earning such titles as ‘Honourable’ and ‘National’.
In 2010, it gave 92 concerts. Among them were 27 new, thematic concert programmes and 15 festivals organised for towns in the Brest, Vitebsk, Gomel, Grodno, Mogilev and Minsk regions, including Muses of Nesvizh, Chechersk Meetings, Turov-2010, Mir Castle, Mstislavl-2010, Pinsk Meetings, Visiting Napoleon Orda, Zaslavl-2010, Minsk Jazz, Hits For All Times, The 600th Anniversary of the Battle of Grunewald, and Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk.
Those attending the festivals and art projects of the orchestra saw masterpieces of Belarusian, Western, Eastern European and Slavonic musical culture: pieces by Moniuszko, Churkin, Goland, Oginski, Orda, Glebov and other talented composers. Additionally, the orchestra prepared a large concert programme dedicated to the 80th anniversary of Vladimir Korotkevich’s birth (a classic Belarusian writer).
New concert programmes were unveiled at the Republican Contest of Young Talents — Star Rises Above Belarus — as well as countrywide projects: The Year of Frederic Chopin in Belarus (devoted to the 200th birthday of this famous Polish composer), Polotsk is Belarus’ 2010 Cultural Capital and Belarus Is Us! public-cultural event.
In 2011, the National Academic Concert Orchestra plans an even more extensive programme, to familiarise listeners with new musical projects, while helping them enjoy the highest musical art.