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The Yale School of Music is pleased to announce a residency with Russian conductor Valery Gergiev, Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, on Friday, January 16, 2015.
The residency will comprise three events, all of which are open to the public: a conversation with Gergiev, an open rehearsal with the Yale Philharmonia, and a concert by the Mariinsky Chorus.
NPR calls Gergiev “a powerful force in the world of classical music” and “an unstoppable promoter of Russian culture.” The article also notes a pivotal point in his career: “In 1988, when Gergiev was in his mid-30s, he took the helm of the historic Kirov Theater, a jewel of imperial Russia and the Soviet Union. The Mariinsky, as it’s now called, has been home to Russia’s greatest performing artists: Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Nureyev and Baryshnikov. In 1892, The Nutcracker received its world premiere there.”