8 May 2003 - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA
World Orchestra for Peace
Conductor - Valery Gergiev
MENDELSSOHN Overture and Scherzo from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream'
STRAUSS Don Juan
PROKOFIEV Ode to the End of War
STRAVINKSY Petrouchka (original 1911)
Celebrations of St Petersburg’s 300th anniversaryWithin minutes of coming off the podium at the Royal Albert Hall London Prom, Valery Gergiev had asked Charles Kaye to reassemble the orchestra in Russia for two concerts to mark ‘Peace Day’, the annual public holiday which commemorates the end of the Second World War. The concerts coincided with the opening of the 11th 'Stars of the White Nights' Festival which, in 2003, also celebrated St Petersburg’s 300th anniversary, and the final concert of Moscow’s Easter Festival.