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“Meeting”. Sunday concert in St Isaac's Cathedral  

 

On February 16, 2014, in celebration of one of the Great Feasts of Russian Orthodox Church — The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Meeting of the Lord) the concert of sacred music was held under the vaults of St Isaac's Cathedral. The concert started the tradition of sacred music concerts performed by the Chamber Choir of the Smolny Cathedral under direction of the Honored artist of Russia, artistic director and principal conductor Vladimir Begletsov, together with the stars of the world opera.   At this concert the Chamber choir of the Smolny Cathedral had performed with an outstanding opera singer, the People's artist of the USSR Irina Bogacheva, who had celebrated the 50th anniversary of her creative activity in 2014.

 

The “Meeting” caused such an enthusiastic response that it was decided by the direction of the Museum to give such concerts on a regular basis.

 

The concert was held with the support of LLC "LUKOIL-Severozapadnefteproduct".

 

“The Songs of Pokrov”.
Charity concert in St Isaac's Cathedral

 

 

On October 22, 2014, continuing the tradition of concerts of sacred music, dedicated to the main holidays of the Orthodox Church, the State Museum-Monument "St Isaac's Cathedral “ had presented a program dedicated to one of the most beloved and revered holidays in Russia - the Protection of the Holy Lady, known as Pokrov.

 

In honor of and in memory of the great miracle, which became a symbol of patronage, intercession and consolation, the concert of sacred music by Russian and foreign composers was performed under the vaults of St Isaac’s Cathedral by soloists of the Mariinsky theatre -  Alexei Markov and Maria Bayankina,  and by  the Chamber Choir of the Smolny Cathedral under the direction of the Honored artist of Russia, its artistic director and principal conductor Vladimir Begletsov.

 

Funds raised from the concert were directed for the restoration of the icon of the main iconostasis of St Sampson’s Cathedral "Pokrov of the Holy virgin" (late 1730s).

 

The concert was held with the support of LLC "LUKOIL-Severo-Zapadnefteproduct" and the company Clover Group. 

 

"The Saint’s Day". Charity concert in St Isaac's Cathedral  

 

On June 17, 2015, the charity concert “The Saint’s Day” was held in St Isaac’s Cathedral.

 

The concert was dedicated to the feast day of the Venerable St Isaac the Dalmatian – the Saint particularly revered among the Christians, and the patron Saint of the first Russian Emperor.  Peter the Great was born on St Isaac’s feast day, and in 1710, commanded to erect a Church in his honor.

 

“The Saint’s Day” featured sacred music performed by the world renown opera singer, the People's artist of USSR, the soloist of the Mariinsky theatre Irina Bogacheva; by the soloist of the Mikhailovsky theatre, winner of music competitions Victoria Voitenkova, and the Chamber Choir of the Smolny Cathedral under direction of the Honored artist of Russia, artistic director and principal conductor Vladimir Begletsov.

 

All the donations from the concert were used for the restoration of the original of one the main images of the temple – a painting of St Isaac, written in the mid-nineteenth century by T. A. Neff. Mosaic icon, made according to this original by the masters of the Imperial Academy of Arts, is located in the first tier of the main iconostasis of the Cathedral.

 

The concert was held with the support of LLC "LUKOIL-Severo-Zapadnefteproduct".

 

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"St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's"  

 

On November 30, 2011 the State Museum-Monument "St Isaac's Cathedral" had opened a new international exhibition project "St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's", designed to present the cultural values and the spiritual heritage of St Petersburg and Russia overseas. The exhibition of panoramic photos taken from the height of St Isaac's Cathedral reflects the diversity of the city, the subtle nuances and the palette of its moods. The architecture of the Northern capital, reflected in the lens of a camera is presented to the visitor: angels against the city’s background or St Petersburg on the background of the angels. The project had generated a considerable public response, and became one of the significant cultural events of St Petersburg. The exhibition was organized by the State Museum-Monument “St Isaac's Cathedral” and the Charity Fund "Renaissance" with the financial support of PJSC “Sberbank”. In 2011, the exhibition "St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's", was shown in Clermont-Ferrand, France, in the home city of the architect of St Isaac's Cathedral  Auguste de Montferrand. On July 6-8, 2012 under the auspices of UNESCO the Republic of Khakassia had been hosting the II international historical-cultural forum "Historical and cultural heritage as a source of socio-cultural development". Our exhibition project was presented within its framework. The forum had acquired the status of Federal importance and became the main cultural event of the Republic.

 

In 2013, the exhibition "St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's" had travelled to Tallinn as part of the XIII festival "Petersburg meetings in Tallinn"; to Narva – for the II international festival of contemporary art of St Petersburg in Narva the "Friendship Bridge"; to Krakow – to be presented at a music festival Sacrum Profanum.

 

In June, 2014, the exhibition was held in the city of Riga - in the framework of "Riga — the cultural capital of Europe 2014"event. In October, 2014, "St Petersburg through the eyes of the angels: a view from St Isaac's", was shown at the Museum and Exhibition Complex of the Azerbaijan State Art Academy in Baku.

 

In 2015, the exhibition had opened in Shanghai, with the support of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Shanghai Committee, in Omsk (M.A.Vrubel Regional Museum of Fine Arts), and in the city of Vladimir ("The Center for promotion of Fine Arts").