The composer who depicted an angel

Exhibition to the 90th Jubilee of Rodion Shchedrin

An exhibition in honor of the 90th anniversary of Rodion Shchedrin will open at the Moscow Conservatory.
On December 16, 2022, the famous Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin will turn 90 years old. The day before, on December 13, an exhibition dedicated to Rodion Konstantinovich opened in the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and a concert of his choral music will be held.

This is only a small part of the all-Russian festival "The Captured Angel", which will present a panorama of the work of an outstanding contemporary on a national scale.
The Moscow Conservatory is the alma mater of the world famous composer. Rodion Shchedrin entered the main Russian musical university in 1950 and graduated in 1955 as a composer from Yuri Shaporin and as a pianist from Yakov Flier.

After graduating from graduate school, he taught until 1969. But, of course, even after Shchedrin's formal departure, Shchedrin's ties with the conservatory were not interrupted. Many of his premieres were performed in the Big, Small and Rachmaninov halls, and in 1997 Rodion Konstantinovich was awarded the title of honorary professor.

As the rector of the Moscow Conservatory Alexander Sokolov emphasizes, it has long been "The name of Rodion Shchedrin is pronounced among the classics of Russian culture, for the whole world he is among those who personify Russia."

From December 13 to February 15, on the stands and showcases in the foyer of the Great Hall, the public will be able to see rare, never before exhibited documents from the archive of the Moscow Conservatory, manuscripts by Rodion Shchedrin and autographed sheet music from his personal library, donated to the Scientific and Musical Library named after S. I. Taneeva MGK; publications of the last two decades, which the composer presented to the library of the Moscow Philharmonic; portraits, posters, programs from the archives of the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theatres.
Of particular interest is the exclusive collection of photos that captures the arrival of Rodion Konstantinovich in 2019 in the family nest - the Tula city of Aleksin, where his grandfather Mikhail Mikhailovich served as rector of the Assumption Cathedral and where his father, the famous composer, musicologist and teacher Konstantin Shchedrin, was born.

At the opening of the exhibition, the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory will perform under the direction of its artistic director Alexander Solovyov - it is for this group that a significant part of Rodion Konstantinovich's choral scores was written. And then there will be a monographic concert “Vivat, Shchedrin!” in the Small Hall of the Conservatory.
The exhibition is only a small part of the program of the All-Russian Shchedrin Festival “The Captured Angel”, organized by the Moscow Conservatory with the support of the Creative Initiatives Development Foundation. These concerts, scientific conferences, master classes have already begun in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Belgorod and other cities, and in the coming days they will cover literally the whole of Russia from St. Petersburg to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Concert halls and theaters will feature the music of the world-famous ballets Carmen Suite and Anna Karenina, the opera Not Only Love, symphonic scores, instrumental concerts, chamber compositions by the master.

It is symbolic that on one of the days of the holiday there will be a concert in the Aleksinsky Assumption Cathedral, where the Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory will perform the work that gave the name to the whole holiday - the Russian liturgy "The Sealed Angel" by Nikolai Leskov, Rodion Shchedrin's favorite writer.