Moscow celebrates: The festive anniversary concert at the occasion of the 50th wedding anniversary of Maya Plisetskaya and Rodion Shchedrin

With a concert titled "A musical gift. Maya Plisetskaya and Rodion Shchedrin. 50 years together" on 2 October 2008 in the small hall of the Moscow Conservatory, was celebrated the golden wedding of one of the most famous artist couples of Russia. Through the endearing organisation of the Russian state concert it was in the truest sense of words a wonderful evening amongst friends. Exceptional interpreters performed musical works of Shchedrin, including two world premieres as well as several Russian premieres. The violinist Nikita Borisoglebsky, the prize winner of several prestigious music competitions and renowned performer had a possibility to perform a new work of Shchedrin "Duet for violin solo" for the first time in public. Similarly for the first time were performed "Two Russian choirs" (Tsarskaya kravchaya, based on the Russian choral opera "Boyarina Morosova". Epigraph by Count Tolstoy to his novel "Anna Karenina") by the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory conducted by Boris Tevlin.

The surprise of the evening was a miniature "Ave Maya" performed by Maya Plisetskaya. The choreography was in specially outlined for her by the French revolutionist of the classical ballet Maurice Béjart. The press was full of praise for Plisetskaya's performance: "Plisetskaya's movement of arms looked like wings of a swan, her noble posture and unreachable grace coxed the public to burst out into cheers." The musical background of this already in many countries enthusiastically pursued dance was played this time in another version: the music, the famous "Ave Maria" by Bach-Gounod was adapted by Rodion Shchedrin for choir a cappella and sensitively performed by the Chamber Choir of the Conservatory.