Charity and Sponsorship
5 October 2016
Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg — Vienna
Imperial Capitals: Gala Concert
The first event based on the Gazprom-OMV (Austria) Memorandum of Understanding on implementing a joint cultural project — a theatrical gala performance entitled Imperial Capitals: St. Petersburg-Vienna — took place on October 4, 2016 in the Grand Hall of the D. D. Shostakovich St. Petersburg Academic Philharmona. This evening of music featured a musical performance bringing together various fields of the arts. Actors, musicians, and singers took the stage, with the whole production accompanied by visual light effects projected onto the walls and ceiling of the Philharmona’s Grand Hall.
The concert participants included a number of leading Russian and Austrian musicians, along with soloists from the Vienna State Opera, the Bolshoi Theater, and the Mariinsky Theater, and many more. Yuri Bashmet, a People’s Artist of Russia award holder, welcomed the audience from the conductor’s podium of the Moscow Soloists chamber ensemble. The program included highlights from the works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Rossini, and other composers.
Over a hundred children from various social service institutions in St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region were invited to this event. All proceeds from the gala performance’s ticket sales will be donated to a charity fund which projects are aimed at helping children with grave illnesses.
The evening was organized by the Gazprom Export company.
A reciprocal cultural event based on the Memorandum will be held on December 14, 2016 at the imperial Hofburg Palace in Vienna.