Symphony orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre under Valery Gergiev gave a concert in liberated from terrorists by the Syrian Palmyra.
The performance of Russian musicians took place within the ancient walls of the amphitheatre where in the summer of last year, the militants staged a mass execution of local residents.
Before the concert, Gergiev showed the audience the appeal of the President of Russia Vladimir Putin. He thanked the musicians for this “amazing humanitarian action”. Putin said that considering the concert as a token of gratitude, memory and hope, of gratitude to everyone who is fighting terrorism, not sparing even his life.”
He noted that this step demanded that musicians personal courage. Putin noted that they faced considerable domestic difficulties.
The concert program, in particular, includes a Chaconne by Johann Bach, performed by Pavel Milyukov, and “square dance” by Rodion Shchedrin and the Symphony No. 1 of Sergei Procopia. Among those who played in the walls of the amphitheatre was the Director of the St. Petersburg House of Music, cellist Sergei Roldugin, who was at the center of media attention during the offshore scandal. He was the soloist in the performance “the Quadrille”.
The concert began at 17:00 GMT and an hour after the start of the record it was aired on “Russia 1”. The concert was also shown several leading TV channels.
Concert in the amphitheater called for Syrian and Russian military, local residents, children, workers of UNESCO. In the Russian delehaye, who arrived in Palmyra were the Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky, Deputy foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov and the Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky.
That Russian musicians to give a concert became known only on the morning of 5 April. The announcement on the website of the Mariinsky theatre was published at 11:00 GMT.
Orchestra of the Mariinsky theatre under Valery Gergiev gave a concert in Palmyra
The concert lasted just under an hour. At the end of the performance the audience gave the musicians bouquets of flowers.