On September 23, in the Great Hall of the Conservatory, the Moscow State Academic Symphony Orchestra will present a light and exciting program “Waltzes. Chaikovsky. Strauss. Lehar”. Behind the conductor’s stand is the chief conductor and musical director of the Moscow Operetta Theater maestro Konstantin Khvatynets. Soloist – soprano Vera Kononova.
“The overture from Johann Strauss’ operetta Die Fledermaus is one of my favorite pieces in this program. Many events in my musical career are connected with the operetta “Die Fledermaus”. With this piece, I auditioned for the Moscow Operetta Theatre, where I am now the chief conductor. With him, I was invited to the Bolshoi Theater in 2013. When Georgy Pavlovich Ansimov was celebrating his 90th birthday at the Moscow Operetta Theater, Dmitry Alexandrovich Bertman and I were preparing the master’s anniversary evening. The play “The Bat”, which was created by Ansimov, has been running in our theater for 45 years. The next day after the holiday, Georgy Pavlovich called me and said that we had performed the overture to Die Fledermaus in a way that he could not get from any conductor with whom he worked. These words are very memorable and dear to me. Until now, “Die Fledermaus” is one of my favorite compositions. Every time I find something new in it.” says Konstantin Khvatynets.
Soprano Vera Kononova: “There is music that each of us loves. And the operetta of Johann Strauss “Die Fledermaus” is such. Strauss was a great psychologist. In Czardas Rosalind, a wife deceived by an unfaithful husband who goes to a ball and does not recognize her beautiful wife at the ball, there is so much humor, sarcasm and our life story in this Czardas. I invite you to the MGASO concert! You will see the soul of Rosalind on the stage of the Great Hall of the Conservatory.”
The concert program will include the most famous works by Johann Strauss (Overture and Czardas Rosalind from the operetta “Die Fledermaus”, waltzes “On the Beautiful Blue Danube”, “Voices of Spring”, fast polkas “Backgammon”, “Thunder and Lightning”, “Pizzicato ”), Maritsa’s exit aria from the Countess Maritza operetta and Ninon’s verses from the Violet of Montmartre operetta by Imre Kalman, waltzes from the Sleeping Beauty ballet and the Flower Waltz from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet, Overture and Song Hannas from the operetta The Merry Widow by Franz Lehar, ballet music from the opera Faust by Charles Gounod.
The concert starts at 19:00.