Why Nick Cave likes coming to Russia
Those who think football is the only big thing happening in Moscow this year are mistaken. International ballet stars, Roger Waters, Richard Clayderman, David Guetta, and Nick Cave are all going to be performing in the Russian capital in 2018!
The most important event of this summer is the World Cup, which everybody is waiting for with anticipation. But there are many other interesting events for those who aren’t big fans of sports.
Still, football will be the main focal point of the summer. The festival “Music.Football,” which is to take place alongside of the World Cup, will be held in Moscow for the first time. Over the course of 30 days, Adrenaline Stadium, Izvestia Hall, and Bessonitsa will be hosting football match evenings for fans that will gradually turn into dance parties. Here, fans from different countries will be able to fully enjoy themselves dancing.
There will be plenty of options for people who are interested in more than just football. Fans of eastern art, for example, can visit the Moscow Kremlin Museums, which are hosting unique exhibits from the Shanghai Museum until July 25. The exhibition is dedicated to art from the era of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). The exhibition halls feature magnificent porcelain, painting, stone carvings, and furniture.
The Shanghai Museum has a unique collection of furniture from the Ming Dynasty. Exhibition visitors will get to see a corner called “the intellectual’s office,” where they’ll find different interior items – an armchair, tables for calligraphy and smoking, and a case for storing books and scrolls. A separate part of the exhibition is dedicated to rare jewelry and a unique set of porcelain figurines of the honorary escort from the tomb of relatives of the imperial dynasty.
Those who are interested in the Tsarist Dynasty in Russia have the option to visit an exhibition dedicated to Emperor Alexander II of Russia at the State Historical Museum. It’s open all summer long, through October. April 17, 2018 marks exactly 200 years since the Emperor, who was one of the most prominent rulers of Russia, was born. He is remembered in history as a greater reformer who emancipated Russia’s serfs in 1861. Aside from this achievement, he had many accomplishments in foreign policy, victorious wars, and large territorial acquisitions. For a number of reasons, the person tied to some of the biggest state transformation did not receive as much attention from historians as his predecessors – Peter the Great or Catherine the Great, for example. The reforms themselves were a subject of interest, but Alexander II himself remained in the shadows for a very long time. The State Historical Museum decided to celebrate its founder. The exhibition’s objective is to go over key events that happened during his rule and to tell his personal story, which ended with a tragedy. Alexander II was a victim of terrorism. The exhibition has the Emperor’s personal belonging and autographs, portraits and photographs of the monarch, portraits of members of the imperial family and public figures from the second half of the XIX century, along with memorial items and gifts.
2018 also marks 100 years since the deaths of the family members of another Emperor – Nicholas II. The exhibition called “Romanovs. Family Photo Chronicles,” which is being held in connection with this tragic date, is going to open at the Tretyakov Gallery at Krymskiy Val in the beginning of September. Visitors will see unique materials from the archives of the royal family – gift albums and separate photographs from 1870s-1910s. Albums decorated with silver and gold are originals of the royal residences: the Gatchina and Alexandrovsky palaces. They have been at the Tretyakov Gallery since 1929-1932 and had never before been shown to the public. The photos were taken by famous photographers, members of imperial families, and people the family was close to.
In July, the Chekhov Art Theater will be hosting a major event. This theater has recently received a lot of attention because its art director Oleg Tabakov, who lived a long and fulfilling life, passed away in March at age 82. The theatre now has a new art director, Sergey Zhenovach. But the summer premiere was conceived and approved while Tabakov was still alive. The play “The Man from the Fish” was directed by Yury Butusov – the recipient of two Golden Mask awards and the head director of the Saint Petersburg Lensoviet Theatre. The Chekhov Art Theater has already hosted his plays “Hamlet” and “Ivanov.” This time, he selected a new play by the young playwright Asya Voloshina.
Another Bolshoi Theatre premiere will take place on July 24: the famous opera “La boheme” by the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini. It’s a story about the poor poet Rudolpho, who falls madly in love with his neighbor, the talented Mimi. But poverty becomes a major stumbling block in their relationship. The opera is one of the most significant works of art in world history. Jean-Romain Vesperini became the director of the production. The play will be in Italian, with Russian subtitles.
On July 27, Adrenaline Stadium will be hosting a concert by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. After three years, the Australian composer, poet, and writer Nick Cave is coming back to Russia as part of his European tour. Nick is already 60, but age is just a number to him! Music journalists often refer to him as “the King of Alternative Rock” or “A Great Mystical Personality.” Cave has a special attachment to his fans in Russia. As a teacher, Nick Cave’s father raised him on works by Russian writers and poets, who had a tremendous influence on his music in the future. Nick himself confessed that Dostoyevsky’s novel “Crime and Punishment” left an unforgettable impression on him. The band promises an insane show that’s unlike any other concert, and will also be presenting their last album “Skeleton Tree,” which is filled with dramatic gloominess that has become Cave’s signature. The album was recorded during an incredibly sad time, after Nick’s son tragically passed away.
Another big music event of the summer is the Park Live festival, which will take place on July 27-29 at Gorky Park. The famous DJ David Guetta, along with the band “Gorillaz,” will be headlining the show.
On August 29, the Imagine Dragons is coming to the capital. The pillars of American indie rock will be playing a grandiose show at the new Dinamo Stadium. 2018 was an anniversary year for Imagine Dragons – the four musicians decided to start a band exactly ten years ago, in Las Vegas. The city of sin, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra welcomed the young musicians. They became popular in just a couple of years and played at a few local festivals, often headlining shows. The Dragons got a lot of praise from local radio stations and the press, hailed as “the best indie band of 2010,” and “an absolute must-see band.” Their shows really are always a blast.
At the very end of the summer, the cult musician Roger Waters – a legend in the world of rock music, one of the founders of Pink Floyd, and the author of most songs from the album “The Wall.” Roger is off on a big tour around major European cities. The show includes all songs from “The Wall,” so the concert at the Olympic Stadium on August 31 will surely be unforgettable. “The Wall Live” is the official name of the tour, which is dedicated to the album’s 30-year anniversary. This tour will likely be the last major performance by Roger Walters across international stages.
The Moscow International House of Music will be hosting a concert by the famous French pianist Richard Clayderman on September 24. This will be his only concert in Moscow. The Prince of Romance, which is what people call Richard because of his love for music and elegant performances, will be playing with an orchestra. The concert will feature compositions from his most famous albums – the most refined and romantic melodies, performed with the lightness of a true virtuoso.
A concert by the legendary Russian pianist Denis Matsuev dedicated to the International Day of Music will be an important music event in the fall as well. It will take place on October 1, at the State Kremlin Palace. The guests are in for a plethora of jazz improvisations, along with unexpected duets and trios. The musician’s rapid rise in popularity began in 1998, after he won the XI International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Today, Denis Matsuev is a welcome guest at some of the most famous concert halls in the world, playing some at huge music festivals in America, Europe, and Asia. In spite of his popularity abroad, the pianist plays the majority of his concerts in Russia.
Fans of ballet are in for another treat on October 7: the State Kremlin Palace will once again be hosting the Kremlin Gala Performance “Stars of 21st Century Ballet.” All of the best dancers, renowned ballet stars, and members of the best theatres in the world will come together to perform on one stage. The audience can expect an excellent program, which includes landmark works by some of the most talented modern choreographers and the best of classical ballet. Ivan Vasiliev, Marcelo Gomez, Osiel Gouneo, Elisa Carrillo Cabrera, Thomas forster, and other international stars will take part in the concert.