Latest Mstislav Rostropovich Stories

2011-04-04 16:47:00

MIAMI, April 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At the ripe young age of 16, Anna Maria Litvinenko is the youngest competitor that will perform in the respected International Tchaikovsky Competition, this year comprised of four music categories, 25 countries, and 122 musicians. Anna, a junior in the New World School of the Arts (NWSA) high school program, is an accomplished cellist who just last year performed Dvorak's Cello Concerto with the Miami Symphony Orchestra under the direction of...

2010-11-22 06:32:00

NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Coinciding with the 90th Anniversary of Isaac Stern's birth, Sony Masterworks releases Carnegie Hall Presents Isaac Stern: Keeping the Doors Open - available November 30, 2010 - focusing on the violinist as the primary catalyst fifty years ago in the movement to save Carnegie Hall from demolition. Stern's Citizens Committee to Save Carnegie Hall paved the way for the beloved venue to survive at a time when its future seemed bleak. One hundred and...

2009-07-05 15:18:49

Government and TV officials paid their final respects during the full military burial in Moscow for Russian singer Lyudmila Zykina, ITAR-TASS reports. The Russian news agency said the military honors accorded Zykina Saturday at Moscow's Novodevichye cemetery represented a rare honor among Russian citizens. The funeral, attended by Russian Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev and State Duma Vice Speaker Lyudmila Slisk, featured a military orchestra, an honor guard and was punctuated with a...

2008-08-08 15:00:38

By CRAIG SMITH No country for old women Craig Smith I The New Mexican Alexandra, gorgeously sad and eminently Russian film, not rated, in Russian with subtitles, The Screen, 473-6494, 4 chiles Nothing much happens in this 92-minute 2007 film by Alexander Sokurov, and everything happens. It is one of the most effortless artistic achievements I can recall, as well as being a beautifully conceived, directed, and acted piece of cinema. I would be surprised if its slow-moving, bleak...

2007-04-29 09:00:07

By MARIA DANILOVA MOSCOW - Mstislav Rostropovich, the renowned cellist and conductor who won world fame for his masterly playing and his courage in defending human rights, was buried Sunday in the Moscow cemetery that holds the graves of many of Russia's most luminous artists and thinkers. Several thousand Russians came to the funeral for Rostropovich, who fought for the rights of Soviet-era dissidents and later triumphantly played Bach suites below the crumbling Berlin Wall. He died...

2005-12-12 08:26:37

By Meg Clothier MOSCOW (Reuters) - When Moscow's Bolshoi Theater postponed its new production of "War and Peace" after the conductor walked out, critics sharpened their pencils expecting the opera to be an embarrassing failure. But the Bolshoi's music director, Alexander Vedernikov, stepped into the breach, bending almost double to summon each percussion explosion and avert an artistic disaster. "The scandal and everything connected with it did not hurt the performance," the...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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