Music of Romantic composers of the 20th century

The music of the romantic composers of the 20th century will be performed in the concert hall of the majestic Nicholas Palace, created by the genius of Stackenschneider.

October 6, 19:00. Nicholas Palace (Ploshchad Truda, 4)


The guests of the concert will enjoy lyrical musical creations in the magnificent interiors of the Grand Duke’s residence of the emperor’s brother Alexander II. The concert of the festival ‘Palaces of St. Petersburg’ will be held in this unique architectural masterpiece for the first time.
Guests of the concert will have a rare opportunity to climb the famous staircase ‘to heaven’. Only in the Nicholas Palace a grand staircase leading directly to the temple was erected.

Eternal hits will be performed by soloists of the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky theaters, as well as the leading Russian saxophonist, the only Russian winner in the history of the prestigious competition. Music from the films loved by all will be performed by the symphony orchestra of the Leningrad Region

The penetrating compositions of Mikael Tariverdiev, the beloved melodies of Michel Legrand and Nino Rota, the life-affirming motives of Isaac Dunayevsky, the sunny music of Arno Babadzhanyan, the songs of Alexandra Pakhmutova that live in everyone’s heart, the aching soundtracks of Andrey Petrov, and of course, the musical tribute to Astor Piazzola, whose sensual tango conquered the whole world, and whose 100th anniversary we are celebrating this year – these and many other musical treasures of the 20th century will fill the concert.

The warmest gift of an autumn evening in St. Petersburg will be the bright Argentine masterpieces by maestro Piazzola and passionate tangos performed in an authentic performance. The vocal parts will be performed by the magnificent Argentine tenor Carlos D’Onofrio.

Light songs from favourite Soviet films will be performed by the leading soloist of the Mikhailovsky Theater Svetlana Moskalenko. Her artistic, sparkling, brilliant performance invariably fills the hearts of all spectators with joy. Svetlana, the owner of the purest coloratura soprano, also conquered the world audience. She is a laureate of international competitions, a guest soloist of the Grand Theater of Geneva, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the National Opera of Lorraine, the Malmö National Opera House, the Bolshoi Theater.

An unforgettable surprise for music lovers will be the virtuosic improvisations of the first ever Russian winner of the famous Tchaikovsky Competition, named after A.Saks, the outstanding saxophonist Sergei Kolesov.

The concert will be accompanied by the Leningrad Region Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Mikhail Golikov.

For the first time the concert of the festival ‘Palaces of St. Petersburg’ will take place in the Nikolaevsky Palace, the palace with the richest ‘biography’. Erected as a grand ducal residence, later the palace became the location of the women’s institute, and after that the Federation of Trade Unions was located there. The palace is famous for its luxurious decoration, innovative engineering devices for its time, and most important, for its unique house church. The appearance of the church was created by the owner of the Palace – Grand Duke Nikolai Nikolaevich. It contains a grotto, which symbolizes the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. Returning from the Holy Land, Nikolai Nikolayevich personally drew a sketch of the future ‘cave’. Recently restored, the magnificent Byzantine church, richly decorated with frescoes, can also be seen by guests of the concert ‘The Last Romantics of the 20th Century’.


Svetlana Moskalenko (soprano)

Carlos d’Onoffrio (tenor)

S. Kolesov (saxophone)

Symphony Orchestra of the Leningrad Region
Artistic director and chief conductor – People’s Artist of the KBR Mikhail Golikov

In a programme:
Dunaevsky, M. Tariverdiev, A. Babadzhanyan, A. Pakhmutova, A. Piazzolla, N. Rota, R. Molinelli, V. Lebedev, J. Ramirez, K. Gardel