The Russian Center in Brussels and the Alexander Pushkin International Foundation held a gala concert, the name of which conveys the world significance of the great Russian poet's creative work - “A.S. Pushkin and the World”.
The evening was addressed by the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Kingdom of Belgium, Alexander Tokovinin and Vera Bunina, the head of the Representative Office of Rossotrudnichestvo in Belgium.
All the participants of the concert first of all greeted the President of the International Pushkin Fund Maria Durnovo-Pushkina and congratulated the whole family in her person on the anniversary of the great great-great-grandfather Alexander Pushkin, her husband Alexander Pushkin is the only direct descendant of A.S. Pushkin, his great-grandson.
As part of the concert, diplomas were awarded to the laureates of the Belgian stage of the International Prize Contest “What a Pushkin!”. The winners are:
Laureate I degree - Evelin Armeni, for an excerpt from "Eugene Onegin"
Laureate of the II degree - Guy Tavern, for the poem "Cloud"
Laureate of the III degree - Andrei Engalichev, for an excerpt from "The Tale of Tsar Saltan"
Evelyn received a 5% discount for studying in the Russian language courses for 2019/2020. and a book about the Russian rulers, Guy and Andrew received gifts from the State Institute of the Russian Language. A.S. Pushkin.
The opening of the unique exhibition "The Alphabet of Peter Frolov" also took place as part of the concert.
The evening was led by maestro Andrey Shevchuk and Ilona Sazonova.
Pushkin's lines will be performed by the children of the literary circle “DanZa Znaika” (led by Irina Alexandrova) and the school “Little Geniuses” in European languages.
The musical program of the evening consists of songs for poems by Alexander Sergeevich.
The geography of artists is varied.
Guest from Russia - Irina Chernova, director of Elena Obraztsova’s Cultural Center from St. Petersburg,
Daria Shavrina - Winner of the VII International contest of young vocalists Elena Obraztsova performed romances to the music of Rimsky-Korsakov and Glinka.
Honored Artist of Russia, soprano Larisa Rudakova performed a romance to the music of S. Rakhmaninov.
From France - Andrei Shevchuk - musician, conductor, director of the music festival “The Queen of Spades” - was performed by a fragment of the opera by P.Tchaikovsky.
From Wallonia - Oksana Goncharuk - a graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Liege, singer, vocal and opera singing teacher - performed a romance to the music of A. Rubinshtein.
From Flanders - the ensemble of the Russian song "Joy" (Antwerp, director Elena Borisenko) - the soloist Grigory Grigoriev performed a romance to the music of B. Sheremetyeva.
Alexander Sergeevich Pushkin was fluent in French, for which he had the nickname “Frenchman” in the lyceum. But never went abroad from the Russian Empire. His work has stepped far beyond the borders of his homeland and today in all countries of the world “every living language” speaks in Alexander Sergeyevich’s poetry.