Culture News, 30/08/2018

Kharkiv Philharmonic Starts 90th Anniversary Season

Kharkiv Regional Philharmonic is officially opening its 90th concert season on September 4. Nevertheless, a number of events already takes place on the eve.

On August 29, the audience enjoyed an organ concert in the evening. On the last day of August, Philharmonic is starting its choir season with the Palkin Academic Choir performance.

At the season’s opening, pianist Vitaly Samoshko, Kharkivite who lives in Belgium, with the Symphonic Orchestra is performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3. Notably, he played the same piece of music at the Queen Elisabeth Competition which he won in 1999. That success might be compared with the Oscar award in the film industry.

On September 5, Kharkivites will be able to take part in a master-class which will be given by Fabrice Ulrictheh, the French composer and pianist. During the event, he will share his own improvisation technique with all comers.

Director of Kharkiv Philharmonic Yurii Yanko promises various and interesting events during the coming season. As a part of arts-combing projects, 100 Years of Film Music concert will be held on September 7. On September 22, Philharmonic will first bring together music, cinema and theatre. The audience will be able to see the movie premiere “The Stranger,” based on Albert Camus novel, Theatre on Zhuki and symphonic orchestra performances on the stage.

Impreza festival that was started 18 months ago combines freely contemporary choreography and baroque music. This year, it will hold meetings with modern composers.

Concerts with lectures series, which were commenced last year by musicologist Lubov Morozova, will be continued with author’s cycle about piano music of 20th-21st centuries.

Kharkiv Philharmonic building is still under reconstruction. According to Head of Kharkiv Regional State Administration Yulia Svitlychna, apart from the great hall, which will accommodate 770 people, chamber hall with 100 seat capacity is under construction. Together with the organ hall, which started operating in 2016, the complex will provide 1,500 seats for the audience. The grand opening is expected in around a year’s time.

Text: Natalia Ivanova

Photo: Kharkiv Philharmonic