The XIV Organ Music Festival, organized as part of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad, ended on August 18 at the A.F. Debolskaya Organ and Chamber Music Hall in Sochi. The festival featured seven concerts, attracting a total of approximately 1,800 spectators. Audiences enjoyed performances from artists from five European countries: Russia, Italy, Poland, Germany and Ukraine.
The musical celebration culminated in a performance by the Sochi Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Oleg Soldatov, laureate of the Government of the Russian Federation, and Nadezhda Yuriychuk, soloist at the Dnepropetrovsk House of Music.
Festival guests were given the rare opportunity to enjoy duet pieces featuring the organ and another instrument, such as the piano, cello, or contrabass.
The artistic director of the festival, Valeria Anfinogenova, remarked:
"The Organ Music Festival reflects the trends of ‘mainstream organ music,’ but also experiments with modern styles. Only in real life can you feel the powerful and incredible sound of the organ, the richness of its sound vibrations and the variety of its musical colors. The high quality of these performances is valued by our audience, and many spectators journey to Sochi every year specifically to attend the concert. "
Notes to the Editor
The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad
2013 – The Year of the Museum
The fourth year of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is devoted to museums. As always, the organizers of the first Winter Games in the history of Russia will present the public with hundreds of the best cultural events. These include dozens of exhibitions, shows, competitions, festivals, and special exhibitions, as well as forums, workshops and educational programs that will be held throughout the country.
The Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is a unique project held by the organizers of the Games, offering the best cultural events in the country. In 2014, visitors to the Olympic host city will be able to admire not only the sports competitions, but also Russia's cultural diversity at dozens of special sites located in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana. Since 2010, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, along with dozens of regions throughout the country, has been carefully selecting the best of Russian culture.
From 2010 to 2014, thousands of different cultural events will take place across the entire country. Each year the Cultural Olympiad is dedicated to a special kind of arts: 2010 was the Year of the Cinema, 2011 the Year of the Theater, 2012 the Year of Music, and 2013 is the Year of the Museum.
The national scale of the project will make it possible to involve every resident of the country in this grand celebration of music, maintaining and increasing the cultural riches of our country. Find out more about the events taking place as part of the Cultural Olympiad by clicking the following link: www.culture.sochi2014.com