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The jubilee season to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia will be held with the support of Rosneft

29 September 2020

The St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia opens the jubilee season dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first philharmonic in Russia, with the support of Rosneft.

As a socially responsible company, Rosneft actively supports significant Russian cultural events and phenomena, as well as projects aimed at reviving spiritual and national values. Concerts and performances of the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia are also on this list. The cooperation that began in 2015 will continue in the anniversary season.

Among the significant events of the philharmonic season 2020-2021, Honoured Ensemble of Russia will perform under the baton of artistic director and chief conductor Yuri Temirkanov, conductor of the Orchestra Nikolay Alexeev and guest chief conductor Charles Dutoit.

The international winter Arts Square festival, dedicated to Beethoven's 250th anniversary, will highlight the season finale. The festival will open with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony and Shostakovich's Suite on lyrics by Michelangelo Buonarotti; the programme will also include Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 with more piano concerti and other masterpieces.

Presentation of the large-scale digital The Centenary of the Philharmonia project - a digital chronicle including all programmes performed in philharmonic halls over the past 100 years (which is approximately 40,000 concerts) - is planned for the anniversary year 2021. It will also include the biographies of the Great Hall performers and their autographs with words of gratitude left in a handwritten album kept since 1927.

The sponsorship of Rosneft brings Philharmonia an opportunity to organize modern and large-scale projects that adorn the cultural life of St. Petersburg and all of Russia. Online broadcasts of philharmonic concerts, available to a wide range of Internet audiences, get hundreds of thousands of views. Along with the Honoured Ensemble of Russia and the Academic Symphony Orchestra of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia concerts, the Internet audience enjoyed performances by the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Markus Stentz, The Antwerp Symphony Orchestra (conductor Elim Chan, soloist Lukasz Vondracek), the Mikhailovsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra and Chorus under the baton of Alexander Vedernikov and the Youth Chamber Orchestra of the Honoured Ensemble of Russia under the baton of Yaroslav Zaboyarkin.

Rosneft also supports the educational activities of the St. Petersburg Philharmonia. The Philharmonia's website offers recordings of concerts, with their online broadcasts from the Great and Small Halls, accompanied by comments from musicologists, gaining popularity on the Vkontakte social network. The Philharmonic Hall channel on YouTube provides records of educational events in various formats from the Art Gallery. The website offered online tours and podcasts of performances by St. Petersburg musicologists and interviews with musicians from philharmonic orchestras as part of the Open Philharmonic project launched in May 2020.

Information Division
September 29, 2020