Konstantin Khabenskiy will take part in a Requiem Concert dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the blockade.
On January 27, 1944, 24 artillery volleys from 324 guns thundered in Leningrad – it was the only 1st degree salute during the World War II that was not held in Moscow. This is how the city and the country celebrated the lifting of the complete blockade of the northern capital, which lasted 872 days. Thus ended one of the most tragic episodes in our history.
On January 27, St. Petersburg celebrates the 80th anniversary of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the Nazi blockade. The culmination of various festive events dedicated to this historic day will be grandiose in scale The Requiem concert, which will be held at the largest stadium in the city, Gazprom Arena. The live broadcast of the event will begin at 9 p.m. (UTC/GMT +4) on Russia TV channel and Smotrim online platform. The hosts of the evening will be Maria Sittel and Dmitry Guberniev.
On January 27, at 5 p.m. (UTC/GMT +4), a Requiem concert will be held at the Gazprom Arena stadium under the artistic and musical direction of Yuri Bashmet, People’s Artist of the USSR, Hero of Labor of the Russian Federation.
The performance will be accompanied by unique scenographic, lighting and visual effects. The space of the Gazprom Arena bowl will be divided by a road through the entire stadium. The stage will become a symbol of Leningrad, and the road at different stages of the concert will be either the Neva River, the «Dear Life», or the Shlisselburg highway. The 14 acts will reflect different stages in the life of the city of those years, its people and the 872 days of the siege: peaceful Leningrad and the beginning of the war; the city before the blockade and its beginning; «Nevsky Piglet»; the hardest winter and famine of 1941-1942; The «Road of Life»; people-symbols of the besieged city; resistance and life in besieged Leningrad; the blockade football match; Operation Iskra in 1943 and complete liberation.
In the first part of the concert, famous Russian artists will perform famous songs, among which «Maybe there was no war», «We are Leningraders», «Ladoga Ice», «Children of Leningrad», «Blockade Bread», «Ladoga» will be performed by such artists as Grigory Chernetsov, Vitaly Aksenov, Zara, Alexander Rosenbaum, Vasily Gerello.
In the second part, the audience will see a performance that will reflect all the stages of the blockade: the siege, attempts to break through, the first hungry winter, the Road of Life, Operation Iskra and the complete liberation of the city.
Leading Russian artists and musicians will take part in the Requiem Concert: Vladimir Fedoseev, Konstantin Khabenskiy, Svetlana Kryuchkova, Vladimir Mashkov, Ildar Abdrazakov, Vasily Gerello, Sergey Garmash, Alexander Rosenbaum, Julia Peresild, Igor Sklyar, Ivan Bessonov, Pavel Chinarev, SHAMAN, artists of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, St. Petersburg Theological Academy Consolidated Choir, All-Russian Youth Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Yuri Bashmet.
Poems by Alexander Pushkin, Anna Akhmatova, Olga Bergholz, Yuri Voronov will be performed from the stage, memoirs of a wartime writer Daniil Granin and the blockaders, as well as works by outstanding composers whose lives were connected with Leningrad – Aram Khachaturian and Dmitry Shostakovich. A special moment of the evening will be the performance of the composition «Mercy of the World» by the composer, who died of starvation in besieged Leningrad in 1942, the last regent of the Kazan Cathedral Vasily Fateev. Also, a special symbolism will be associated with the performance of the adagio from the ballet «Creation of the World» in the number «Let’s remember everyone by name» by the composer Andrei Petrov, who was evacuated as a child from the besieged Leningrad and returned to the city in 1944. At the end of the evening, all participants and the audience will sing in a single chorus the song of Vasily Solovyov-Sedoy «Listen to Leningrad», which unites all generations of Petersburgers.
Veterans of the World War II, defenders and residents of besieged Leningrad, home front workers were invited as guests of honor.
The performance-concert is an opportunity to remember the feat of the war heroes, pay tribute to their bravery and courage, honor the memory of every participant in the defense of Leningrad, every resident of the besieged city who fought for liberation.
The concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.