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"Odessa Classics". Beginning
«European festival–for the European city». This motto of the First international festival of arts of Odessa Classics reflects both idea of the project, and the concealed dream of most of inhabitants of Odessa–to feel at last - that residents of the European city. And business here it is rather not in political accession to the European Union, and in desire of worthy life, in special Odessa pride.
Brand «Odessa» it is quite unique in essence. A few cities in the world for so short historical interval of the existence could declare themselves so loudly. And if in the Russian-speaking world Odessa–the capital of humour, in the big world Odessa–it first of all brand of classical music. I as the professional musician who visited more than 40 countries of the world with concerts perfectly know it–also I am proud of that the inhabitant of Odessa. The truth this pride generally visits me on the next tours when I discuss uniqueness of the Odessa pianistic or violin school with the foreign colleagues. And this talk is always easy and pleasant as colleagues in everything agree and doesn't challenge me–the whole assembly of great musicians - inhabitants of Odessa led by the great three «Richter - Gilels - Oystrakh» is airtight argument. And if to rummage, at kind 90% of the leading violinists of the planet is musical «Odessa roots». That is–Odessa has a unique brand. And as far as it is used by the city? I would tell–at most for some percent. When I am at home–reflections about concept of the Odessa cultural brand often lead me to unfavourable thoughts that the brand remained the myth which can disappear already soon. Actually for the last decades Odessa steadily rolls down in a bog of cultural provinciality. Inhabitants of Odessa very much don't like to speak about it aloud, but any person though a little familiar with life of the European mother countries, will easily confirm it...

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Music, theater, poetry, and history
At the First International Music Festival “Odessa Classics” in Southern Palmira
The inspirer and art director of the festival, pianist Oleksii Botvinov united classical and avant-garde music, theater and poetry, modern art and history in one event. The opening concert took place in Grand Hall of the Philharmonic Society, where Paata Burchuladze, a famous Georgian bass singer, performed to the accompaniment of the Chamber Orchestra conducted by Ihor Shavruk. At the concert the representatives of the local government were present, in particular, the head of Odesa Oblast State Administration Mikheil Saakashvili, reportedly by press service of the Odesa City Council. A real feast for the connoisseurs of classical music was the performance of Belgian violinist Michael Guttman and pianist Aleksey Botvinov, who performed the works by European Romanticists Johannes Brahms (Scherzo for piano and violin) and Cesar Franck (Sonata for violin and piano), as well as the music by legendary innovator Sergey Prokofiev (Sonata No. 2) and contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Paert (minimalistic “Fratres” for violin and piano)...

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