SEPTEMBER 2 - 8, 2011 By Saskia Constantinou SASKIA’S CHOICE 73 w AROUND THE WORLD Rod Stewart From Russia with love Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble to perform at The Shoe Factory in Nicosia as part of the Pharos Contemporary Music Festival T he Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble was founded in March 1990 and comprises leading soloists and virtuosos from the capital city. The ensemble, under its founder Yuri Kasparov will be taking part in the Pharos Contemporary Music Festival and will present two differing programmes on September 15 and September 16 at The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. Kasparov explained: “one of the ensemble’s aims in its creative activities is to broadly promote Russian 20th and 21st century music as well as contemporary Western music. Our repertoire also represents all conceptual trends of contemporary music as well as almost all the chamber works of composers from the 18th century. “I am looking forward to presenting a lecture about Russian Contemporary music on the Saturday morning following our concerts. It will be in a master-class and workshop format especially for young Cypriot instrumentalists.” The Moscow Ensemble can boast over 700 world and Russian premieres and has recorded over 40 cds. Their Cyprus concerts include six world premieres. Kasparov was born in 1955 in Moscow and completed his post-graduate studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory where he worked with composer Edison Denisov. Af- Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble ter working as musical editorin-chief for the Russian State Central Studio of Documentary Films, he founded the ensemble. Kasparov’s compositions have received many first prizes including the All-Union Composers Competition in 1985, the Guido d’Arezzo International Competition and the Grand Prix at the Henri Dutilleux International Composers Competition. His works have been performed at numerous contemporary music festivals around the world and recorded by renowned ensembles such as the BBC Wales Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Romanian Radio and Ensemble ‘Contrechamps’ amongst oth- ers. He is also regularly commissioned by distinguished ensembles around the world. The ensemble comprises violinist Mikhail Bolkhovitin, cellist Sergei Astashonok, flautist Ivan Bushuev, clarinettist Oleg Tantsov and pianist Mikhail Dubov. They will perform in various combinations but will appear together for the world premiere of Alexander Khubeev’s Massimo sempre where one of the main features is the unconventional method of playing the instruments. He extends not only the timbral potential but also the pitch ranges. All the unusual methods of playing the instruments are very detailed in the score which eliminates destructive improvisation leading instead to a maximum concentration of musical events. Khubeev was born in 1986 and graduated from the Perm Musical College in Russia in 2006. He followed post graduate studies at the Moscow state Conservatory and has attended master classes of Russian and foreign composers. Khubeev has already won awards in Italy, Russia and Ukraine and has had his works performed by renowned performers and ensembles such as Guido Arbonelli, the Moscow Contemporary Ensemble, eNesemble and the Ensemble Nostri Temporis amongst others. Rod Stewart at 66 has become a grandfather for the first time. His daughter Kimberly gave birth to a baby girl in Los Angeles last week with the veteran singer at the hospital for the birth. Kimberly, a reality TV star and model announced earlier in the year that she was pregnant with Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro’s baby but that the pair were no longer together. In April, a spokesman for Del Torro said that although he and Kimberly were not a couple, they were looking forward to the arrival of the baby. The baby has not yet been named. Both mother and baby were reported well. If you are in London on the weekend of September 24 and 25, do go to the Bob and Tamar Production Workshop at the High House Production Park in Purfleet. The sale of the century will be taking place there when more than 1500 costumes from a range of Royal Opera House productions will be sold in a massive clearout of works no longer in the repertoire. Ranging from the post-war Paris, Dior’s New Look inspired costumes from the opera Boulevard Solitude to modern day suits from the 2009 production of Cosi fan tutte will be there. Be prepared for the masque balls with the lavish and sumptuous costumes by Marie-Jean Lecca designed for Masquerade in 2005 as well as other productions including Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Don Carlo, Parsifal and many pieces from the Royal Ballet’s 2002 production of The Sleeping Beauty. Bookings have already begun for the year, some of the finest contemporary s DON’ Cyprus Russian Gala arranged again ense ensembles will join forces with 15 young, T by the international London-based inter internationally distinguished composers M I SS IT from Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Finland, UK, company Ensemble Productions. The event, in aid of the Radiomarathon and Russia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Canada Russia children with special needs will take place e and the USA. For detailed programming www. U on Saturday, September 10 at the University of ity pharosarts Cyprus. Artists include Michalis Hatzingiannis, young talents from the Spivakov Foundation, Anna Vissi will give four performances as part band Melodites, A’Capella ExpreSSS and rock of her Unplugged Live on 25 September at the band Lubeh. Limassol Garden Theatre, 27 September at the School of the Blind, Nicosia, 28 September The 3rd Pharos Contemporary Festival will at the Patticheon Theatre, Larnaca and at the be taking place from September 11 - 17 with Paphos Harbour on September 30. seven concerts. The mission of the festival is to propagate the music of the 20th and The love story between Maria Callas and 21st centuries and showcase avant-garde Aristotle Onassis has been transformed into compositions from all over the world. This a romantic ballet by choreographer Liliya LOCAL EVENTS Sabitova of the Moscowia Ballet which will be produced at the Limassol Garden Theatre on October 7. 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