CARMINA SLOVENICA in GRAND HALL of the ST. PETERSBURG PHILHARMONIC
Date: March 1, 2012
Carmina Slovenica performing in Russia
Choregie projects in the eminent Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Carmina Slovenica is one of the few Slovene artistic ensembles that can boast about performing on the most eminent world concert stages, such as the San Francisco Symphony Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Auditorium in Rome, Metropolitan Art Space Tokio, Esplanade Singapore, Teresa Careño in Caracas, Hong Kong Cultural Centre and others.
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic hall is certainly on of the best concert halls in Europe and is according to the famous Russian intellectual Andronikov 'one of the best spaces in the world.' To perform in it is considered a great prestige and honour.
This the second time for Carmina Slovenica to perform in Russia; the first time it presented its programme in Moscow, being invited by one of the most prominent conductors of our time, Valery Gergiev, at the Moscow Easter Festival, which is the most prestigious festival in Russia.
This second time we have been invited to Russia by the organizing committee of the St. Petersburg Festival, the most important choral festival in Russia, dedicated to the celebration of the national holiday Russia Day. The festival is organized under the auspice of the Russian Ministry of Culture and the President of the Russian Federation. Some of the participating choirs at the festivals so far have been the legendary Mariinsky Theatre choir, Escolania de Montserrat, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares, Estonian Philharmonic choir, choirs of the Danish and the Hungarian national radios, the State Choir 'Latvija', Tapiola choir, etc.
For the celebration of this year's fifth anniversary the festival organizers decided to inviting Carmina Slovenica, since, as they put it, the creative production of Carmina Slovenica coincides with the basic idea of the festival – the widening of the borders of choral singing, and Carmina Slovenica, under artistic direction of Karmina Šilec, in their opinion, is one of the leading ensembles in the world which does exactly that. The vocal theatre Carmina Slovenica will stage the performance Rusalke and the music-scenic project CS Light. The set will technically be adjusted to the needs of Carmina Slovenica to stage the music-scenic event. Alongside the concert the conductor Karmina Šilec will have lectures for Russian conductors and an open rehearsal with Carmina Slovenica at the State Hermitage museum.
The concert on the 12th of March 2012 – the opening of the festival – will take place in the Grand Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. The hall with incredibly good acoustics and the capacity of up to 1500 seats is one of the best concert halls in Europe and has been the centre of music and cultural life of the city since 1840. It has hosted several most prominent musicians, among them Lizst, Berlioz, Wagner, Mahler, Rubinstein, Kleiber, Stokowski, Britten, Richter, Menuhin, Rostopovič and others. Since the 19th century the hall has been the domicile of the famous St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
In the series of international successes of Carmina Slovenica, this invitation is yet another of the remarkable achievements which acknowledge the international reputation of Carmina Slovenica’s stage production and reaffirms the international public’s interest in the CHOREGIE concept. More than a month ago the final event of the 3rd international festival Choregie took place, of the festival which has produced as many as 9 premiere stagings of music-scenic projects, an international competition, a symposium, exhibitions and several scenic concerts. There is an ongoing international study of the Choregie concept, and the vocal theatre Carmina Slovenica will also participate in a large international production by Heiner Goebbels in 2012. The vocal theatre or choregie has without doubt made an international break-through and established itself as an important protagonist in the field of contemporary music-scenic art.