On March 8, Stanislav Chigadaev and the Olympic Symphony Orchestra will present you with the Gershwin Gala holiday program at the Hermitage Theater. George Gershwin, an American composer and pianist who composed music for many Broadway productions, was born in the heyday of jazz and masterfully combined all styles of music in his works. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Song for the Film, also won the Pulitzer Prize. The music of George Gershwin was a mixture of completely different musical genres. It also contained classics, the latest Negro rhythms, folklore motifs, extravagant melodies. All this was seasoned with incredible expression and bold rhythms. In the festive concert we will present you his most famous and popular works. In the first part of the concert you will hear "Rhapsody in the Blues Style" - this is one of the most famous works of the composer, at the premiere of which Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky were present, as well as "Three Piano Preludes" arranged by Stanislav Chigadaev. Stanislav Chigadaev is a classical and jazz pianist, composer, laureate of international competitions, leader of the Stanislav Chigadaev Trio, Chigadaev Big Band projects, teacher, author of a unique online improvisation school, arranger. Collaborated with Andrea Bocelli (Fenland, 2014), Fabio Mastrangelo (2010-2022 Italy-Russia) and Nigel Kennedy (Germany, 2016), Alessandro Safina (Russia, 2018). Graduated from the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov (Russia) and trained in Poland at the Academy of Music. Karol Szymanowski. Published on the Polish label - "SJRecords". In the second part soloists of the Academy of Young Singers of the Mariinsky Theater Margarita Ivanova and Yaroslav Petryanik will perform for you the best arias from George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Staged in 1935, the opera combines jazz improvisations, symphonic melodies and American folklore. The opera traveled with a large tour of the cities of America, but in Europe it was heard only after the end of the Second World War in 1945. In 1956, the opera "Porgy and Bess" was presented to Moscow and Leningrad by a Negro troupe. The song "Summer time" performed by Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra has become the hallmark of the opera for many years. It is believed that in terms of the number of different performances, the aria is ahead of the famous song Yesterday (by the Beatles). The opera entered the world musical gold fund. Margarita Ivanova - soprano. Graduate of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory. ON. Rimsky-Korsakov (class of O. Kondina). She also studied in Rome at the Santa Cecilia Academy with G. Sabbatini and R. Scotto. Laureate of international competitions. Frederic Chopin (St. Petersburg, 2010) and them. Rimsky-Korsakov (St. Petersburg, 2015). In 2012 she was a guest soloist of the St. Petersburg Theater of Musical Comedy. Since 2013 she has been a soloist of the Academy of Young Opera Singers of the Mariinsky Theatre. She made her debut at the Mariinsky Theater in Dvořák's Rusalka in 2015. In 2015, under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Margarita performed Stravinsky's Les Noces (The Bride) with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall. In 2016, she took part in the Russian premiere of The Idiot by M. Weinberg (Alexandra) conducted by T. Sanderling. In the 2016/2017 season, under the direction of V. Gergiev, at the Mariinsky Theater she performed the part of the Girl with a High Voice at the premiere of the opera Not Only Love by R. Shchedrin. Margarita Ivanova also worked with the Russian National Orchestra conducted by M. Pletnev and A. Rudin. She performed in concert projects with D. Hvorostovsky, S. Yoncheva, M. Alvarez, V. Dzhioeva, V. Gerello and others. Regularly participates in festivals and tours of the Mariinsky Theater under the direction of Valery Gergiev. Yaroslav Petryanik - baritone. Laureate of the VI All-Russian Competition for Young Vocalists named after I. Nadezhda Obukhova (Lipetsk, 2014, 1st Prize) Laureate of the IV International Competition for Young Opera Singers. Maxima Mikhailova (Kaluga, 2014, 1st prize) Laureate of the I International Competition for Young Opera Singers. S. V. Rachmaninov (St. Petersburg, 2012, II prize) Yaroslav Petryanik graduated from the St. Petersburg State Tchaikovsky Conservatory in 2013. N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov (class of Nadezhda Drozdova). Since 2013 he has been a soloist at the Academy of Young Opera Singers. He made his debut at the Mariinsky Theater in a concert performance of Mussorgsky's Salambo. Yaroslav has a wonderful velvety voice (baritone), which is able to conquer every viewer! The Olympic Symphony Orchestra will take the stage of the Hermitage Theater and provide impeccable musical accompaniment to the festive concert!