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Arts Calendar / July 11 / Concerts
19:00 Musica Viva Chamber Orchestra (Russia)
Moscow’s Musica Viva is one of the most popular and loved chamber orchestras of the Russian capital. The unique atmosphere of the orchestra’s concerts is but one of many attractions for the audience. Without any fuss or fanfares and unnecessary pathos the musicians present refined and unconventional musical programmes, in which acknowledged masterpieces rub shoulders with musical rarities. The reserved charm of high-level professionalism and genuine enthusiasm of the members of the orchestra, the delicate taste in their choice of musical works and invited soloists have formed a unique artistic image of the Musica Viva. This is a universal orchestra; it has as its asset an enormous repertoire which encompasses music of all directions and styles. The group regularly presents little-known or completely unknown compositions of the classics to the public. Thus, it is Musica Viva which presented the first performance in Russia of many works of J.Ch. and F.E.Bach, A.Salieri, I.Pleyel, J.Dusseck, K.Dittersdorf, O.Koslovsky et al. This research work, connected with the search for and performance of rarities is not at all an “intellectual feast for the chosen”. The touring geography of Musica Viva orchestra is unusually expansive. The group is an honored guest at the prestigious international musical festivals which take place in Russian cities, as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, etc. The Musica Viva officially represents Russian musical art at the “Days of Russian Culture” in other countries. The orchestra performs in the finest halls of Russia and Europe.
Moscow Conservatoire Bolshoi Zal 
20:00 Vladimir Tarasov and Vladimir Chekasin
Vladimir Tarasov and Vladimir Chekasin, masters of Russian and international jazz scene, are going to give a concert at Sixteen Tons for the first time and for one night only. Vladimir Chekasin, a composer of the cult "Taxi Blues" movie (a laureate of the 1990 Cannes Film Festival), will perform with his long-time friend and laureate of the "Triumph" Award Vladimir Tarasov. Both are widely known since the 1970s for their participation in the Ganelin Trio, described by critic Chris Kelsey as "arguably the world's greatest free jazz ensemble" of the 1970s and '80s. Later on, they worked with other top Russian jazz musicians, artists, and directors. It might be wrong to limit the Chekasin-Tarasov duo to some genre rules because everything they do on stage has long gone beyond any musical patterns and conventions. Experimenters and innovators who had a great influence on the Russian jazz scene, teachers of many and many successful Russian musicians, they very rarely get together, especially in Moscow. The July 11 concert is going to surprise and delight the audience. The stock of the duo's ideas is inexhaustible, and the energy of recent 70th-anniversary jubilees will be enough for a dozen or two full-fledged bands and a couple more orchestras.
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