The fourth Ruskeala Symphony was held!

On August 15, Karelia again hosted the Ruskeala Symphony music festival, which brought together outstanding Russian musicians and five thousand guests in the Ruskeala mountain park.

This event is a gift to Karelia for its centenary celebration and at the same time for the opening of the theatrical and concert season after a long break.

The festival had aroused such a great public interest that the organizers stopped online ticket sales two days before the event and limited sales at the ticket offices of the mountain park. As the organizers, the director of the Karelian Philharmonic Irina Ustinova and the general director of LLC “Kolmas. Karelia” Alexander Artemiev, noted, it was necessary to comply with the preventive measures under the still tense epidemiological situation. Furthermore, there is a limit of recreational load of the natural and man-made monument and popular tourist destination Ruskeala mountain park. If it is exceeded, the unique landscapes of the park are at risk.

Throughout the day, the open-air concerts were held in Ruskeala. For most of the performers and vocalists, these concerts were their first live appearances in the past few months. The musicians told that they had missed the stage and interaction with the audience. At the same time, even during the quarantine period, creative life had not stopped: the musicians had held online broadcasts, made plans, practiced their parts.

The audience had the opportunity to attend several concerts (they followed each other in the festival program) or to choose something according to their taste, as the diverse program allowed them to do. The festival day was rich in events and impressions: classical music and jazz, opera and instrumental music, soloists and choirs, famous performers and new names.

The folk group SKYLARK and the ensemble of Mikhail Totsky from Karelia, the most famous groups in our country - the Russian Quartet of Saxophonists and the New Russian Quartet performed before the guests of the park. The Male Chamber Choir of the Karelian Philharmonic under the direction of Alexey Umnov debuted in the festival. The gala concert of the Symphony Orchestra of the Karelian State Philharmonic and world stage stars - mezzo-soprano, Metropolitan Opera soloist Olesya Petrova, tenor, soloist of the Mariinsky Theater Sergei Semishkur, prize-winners of international contests Julia Igonina (violin) and Boris Andrianov (cello) was the highlight of the music festival. Traditionally, at the end of the festival, fireworks thundered in the sky.

The head of Karelia Artur Parfenchikov, who initiated the festival in the republic in 2017, noted that, despite all the difficulties during the pandemic, the tradition of holding the Ruskeala Symphony remained unbroken, and the residents and guests of the republic again had the opportunity to enjoy the harmony of nature and music.

The next Ruskeala Symphony festival will take place in 2021. Immediately after the end of Ruskeala Symphony 2020, the organizers begin work on a new festival program, something that will surprise the audience next year.