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4 Mar 2015

Brest to host Music Week for Children

BREST, 4 March (BelTA) – The 14th edition of the Music Week for Children will take place in Brest on 20-28 March, Chairwoman of the Brest Oblast Music Society, Honored Figure of Art Liliya Batyreva told a press conference on 4 March, BelTA has learned.

The Music Week will be preceded by the 1st International Competition of Pianists that will mark the 100th birthday of Sviatoslav Richter. Partaking in the competition which is due on 17-19 March will be 17 young musicians, including a 21-year-old pianist from Mexico. The panel of judges will comprise musicians from Lithuania, Poland, and Belarus. According to Liliya Batyreva, the competition will be held once in two years.

In her words, Brest Oblast in the only place in Belarus where the music society restored the Soviet tradition of holding the Music Week for Children during spring holidays in 2002. “We are proud of it. Brest is a cultural capital of Belarus. Musicians and people of art make their utmost to contribute to this project. The Music Week for Children is a bright event which will take its place in the cultural life of the city,” she believes.

The Music Week for Children will highlight a number of important dates of the year. These are the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, the 75th anniversary of the Brest State Music College n.a. Grigory Shirma and the 100th birthday of Sviatoslav Richter. A big gala concert to celebrate this great pianist of the 20th century will give a start to the Music Week for Children. The program of the Week will also include a festival of string instrumental groups, a concert of fortepiano and orchestra music, the traditional festival-competition Praleski.

Partaking in the Music Week for Children will be both beginning and outstanding musicians: People’s Artist of Belarus Professor Igor Olovnikov, students of the Belarusian Academy of Music led by lecture and prizewinner of international competitions Vladimir Dulov. The Brest Orchestra will present its concert program as well.

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