Sochi Winter Arts Festival breaks new boundaries

The Winter International Arts Festival in the Back Sea resort of Sochi broke boundaries by fusing different music genres and art forms.

This year’s festival featured a full program under the leadership of Russian violinist and conductor Yuri Bashmet as artistic director.

A highlight of this year’s opening was a one-man musical play, Don’t Leave Your Planet, based on Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

One of Russia’s most prestigious actors, Konstantin Khabensky, played the stranded pilot.

“This is a story of someone who sees life as very spiritual. This (play) is an honest conversation of a person with himself, a person who is in the desert and on the edge between life and death.”

Bashmet conducted the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra with music written by Russian composer Kuzma Bodrov.

Bashmet told Cult he did not always envisage a career in classical music.

“When I was young it was The Beatles, and I played and also tried to sing them. I played guitar and I had a band.”

The opening gala concert featured the world premiere of a composition for orchestra and traditional opera voice with the Sweden-based Chinese singer Xiangping Xiao.

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