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29 May
XVIII Open Arts Festival Chereshnevy Les: "Leonard Bernstein - 100!"
The concert in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory rounded off the program of the 18th Open Arts Festival Chereshnevy Les on May 28th.

The concert in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory rounded off the program of the 18th Open Arts Festival Chereshnevy Les on May 28th 
The night concert in honor of the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein featured young vocalists from the United States Ashley Emerson, Luis Orozco, Dominique Armstrong and the State Academic Symphony Orchestra named after. E.F. Svetlanov conducted by Mark Mandarano (USA) performing the works of Leonard Bernstein.

The closing event of the XVIII Open Arts Festival Chereshnevy Les - "Leonard Bernstein - 100!" concert was held in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory in an offbeat format. At ten o'clock in the evening, Bosco Family friends and fans of Bernstein's music gathered in the best academic concert hall of Moscow to listen to the unforgettable compositions of the 20th-century classic by the unique performers. Soloists - Ashley Emerson, soprano (USA), Dominique Armstrong, tenor (USA) and Luis Orozco, baritone (USA) performed vocal parts from Bernstein's works, accompanied by the State Academic Symphony Orchestra named after Svetlanov under Mark Mandarano (USA).

The concert was opened by the presentation of the archival documentary footage of the concert of Leonard Bernstein at the Moscow Conservatory in 1959, when he visited the USSR within the world tour of 17 countries. The words of the man who could have been born in Russia sounded like a message to the future. "Our peoples - the USSR and America – are united not only by the fact that we are big countries, but most importantly by our love of beautiful music, so we must live in peace and love!"

The program of the concert "Bernstein - 100!" in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory showed all the facets of Bernstein, the composer and man, the creator of popular music, the philosopher and peacemaker, the witness and participant of important events of the century. The hits from the famous musicals - Candide, Dismissal to the City and West Side Story sounded. The part of the famous "Mass" and Symphony No. 3, called "Kaddish" after the text of the Jewish memorial prayer were performed. The high level of musicians allowed the perfect interaction of the conductor and the soloists from the first to the last work of the program, revealing each detail of the score.

The aware audience of the conservatory said: "You will not hear such Bernstein anywhere else!". Brilliant performance revealed the entire musical palette of symphonic works by Bernstein, who did not make distinctions between genres, and emphasized this more than once: jazz, swing, minimalism and even rock of his works reflect the spirit of the 50-60s perfectly. The time of hopes, permeated with the rays of freedom, the time in which the music of the great American cinema sounds.

The great composer, conductor and pianist Leonard Bernstein will turn 100 in August of this year. The American composer, conductor, pianist and classical music popularizer lived a very long and harmonious life, left a huge number of records, including all the symphonies of Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Beethoven. The author of symphonies, ballets, musicals and other works, he mastered all genres, and his musicals and operettas - "The West Side Story" primarily, became one of the musical symbols of the XX century.
One of the first conductors born in the US to win international fame, Bernstein, collaborated with the leading orchestras of the world, led the New York Philharmonic Orchestra for a long time. Being an outstanding pianist, he often conducted, sitting at the piano. In 1953, he became the first American conductor to perform Cherubini's opera "Medea" featuring Maria Callas in La Scala. The production marked the start of the long-lasting cooperation with the opera diva.

Conductor Mark Mandarano has been leading the New York Orchestra "Sinfonietta of Riverdale" since 2008, he worked with Mstislav Rostropovich and Valery Gergiev, he performed in Russia many times, acting as the invited conductor of the State Academic Chamber Orchestra of Russia. Leonard Bernstein is Mandarano's special affection. He prepared all the three symphonies of Bernstein with the National Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy by the anniversary.

Mark Mandriano was happy to perform with the world-renowned Svetlanov Orchestra. The State Academic Symphony Orchestra was established over 80 years ago. Igor Stravinsky, Mstislav Rostropovich, Evgeny Mravinsky, Gennady Rozhdestvensky, Yury Temirkanov were among its conductors. Soloists Elena Obraztsova and Montserrat Caballe, Dmitry Khvorostovsky and Placido Domingo performed with it; pianists Emil Gilels, Van Cliburn, Stanislav Richter, Nikolai Petrov, violinists Yehudi Menuhin, Leonid Kogan, David Oistrakh, Yuri Bashmet played with it.

Three young soloists from the USA performed at the anniversary concert. Soprano Ashley Emerson, the soloist of the Metropolitan Opera. Tenor Dominique Armstrong, the soloist of the leading opera houses of America, who visited Russia in 2015 as the participant of the international team, which performed the Britten's Military Requiem. Baritone Luis Orozco, well known in America thanks to the Escamillo part in Bizet's Carmen, and the parts in two Mozart's masterpieces - Don Juan in Don Juan and Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.

The Open Arts Festival Chereshnevy Les was established as a chamber music festival and evolved into one of the brightest events in the cultural life of Moscow. Chereshnevy Les is a club of like-minded people united by a lifestyle & a certain philosophy. The musical programs of the festival were performed by outstanding maestros: Vladimir Spivakov, Yury Temirkanov, Yuri Bashmet, Valery Gergiev, Riccardo Muti, Theodore Curentzis, Alexander Sladkovsky, Mikhail Pletnev, Carlo Ponti Jr., Saulius Sodneckis, Sergei Nakaryakov, Konstantin Orbelian, Alexei Utkin;
World-renowned musicians - Dmitry Kogan, Gidon Kremer, John Lill, Denis Matsuev, Victor Tretyakov, Denis Kozhukhin, Yefim Bronfman, Nikita Borisoglebsky, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Lynne Harrell, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Julia Zilberkvit, Andres Mustonen, Narek Hakhnazaryan , chamber orchestra Vienna-Berlin, soloists and orchestra of the La Scala theater;
The rarest voices of Russia and the world - Dmitry Khvorostovsky, Elena Obraztsova, Serey Leiferkus, Hibla Gerzmava, Venus Gimadiyeva, Anna Aglatova, Leticia Moreno, Vasily Laduk, Cecilia Bartoli, Albina Shagimuratova, Karolin Hefner, Dai Chang, Irina Lungu.

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