Romanov Compositions to be Performed
at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow

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Recently found musical compositions by members of the Romanov family will first be performed at a charitable concert in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on October 21.

The musical program includes compositions by Emperor Alexander II, Grand Duchess Alexandra Iosifovna and Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich. Most of the arrangements are to be performed by the Grand Symphony Orchestra for the first time, the art director of the Globalis Symphony Orchestra Leonid Butinsky has said at an Interfax press conference.

“The compositions we prepared for the Symphony Orchestra were not performed in Russia or any where else in the world after 1917 for well known reasons. We found their music in archives,” Butinsky said.

“The musical program is unique, as the majority of compositions have not been performed yet,” he noted and pointed out that most members of the Romanov House not only had musical education, but also composed music themselves. Grand Duke Konstantin was also a playwright, a poet and a performing musician.

The Symphony Orchestra is a member of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce established in 1916 that organizes the charity concert in frames of the October investment forum Russia TALK.

It is not by chance that British side shows interest in charitable actions connected with the history of the Imperial House. Prince Michael of Kent, cousin of British Queen Elizabeth II and grandnephew of the last Russian Emperor Nicholas II, is a patron of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.

28 May, 2009
Interfax