Open-air concerts and festivals are an
established part of summer cultural programmes in the US and Europe
–Tanglewood in the US, Glyndebourne in the UK, Avignon in France.
Now the fashion is catching on in Russia also. Whatever your taste
in music and culture, there is something for everyone in and around
Moscow. Lovers of “cool” will want to listen to Gabin at the
Hermitage Garden; if you are into classical guitar or early music,
then a summer night at Kuskovo is a must; Arkhangelskoe will swing
with traditional jazz…
The venues themselves alone are worth the visit – for the
architecture, the gardens and the view. Tickets are not expensive;
there are cafes and restaurants, or you can take a picnic
(everything that you need is on pages 12 and 13). It’s all about
Arkhangelskoe Estate Museum
Arkhangelskoe is situated some 16 kilometres
from Moscow, and is the former seat of the Yusupovs, the richest
family in pre-revolutionary Russia. The palace is famous for its
theatre, its interiors and its collection of paintings. The third
summer music festival will be held in June and July. The festival is
called ‘Music in Arkhangelskoe: The Return of a Tradition.’ The
title refers to the private concerts held at the palace during the
time of the Yusupovs.
On June 11, 18, 25 and July 2, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra will
perform a programme of classical works and popular musicals. Guest
artists will include the singer Nikolai Baskov, and the American
conductor Charles Ansbacher.
(095) 363 1375
For full details please visit
There are all sorts of events going on at this
central location throughout the summer, but the highlight is the
Summer Party on 24 June. On this evening dedicated to electronic
jazz (also acidjazz, lounge, soul and easy listening) Gabin will be
the headlining group.
We love the sound of the other attractions, which include (we kid
you not): an interactive performance, 10,000 daisies, ‘The First
Flying Cow Show’ and a Fountain of Cold Fire.
(095) 299 0849, M. Pushkinskaya
For full details
please visit http://www.mosgorsad.ru/
Kolomenskoe Museum Reserve
Kolomenskoe is located about 10 kilometres
southeast of the Kremlin. The museum complex covers an area of some
390 hectares of ancient forest land, and includes the 16th century
Church of the Ascension. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The summer concert programme is a new venture, and details will
be posted on the website. Kolomenskoe is very popular with both
Muscovites and visitors. The view from the hill over the Moscow
River is a view that has been enjoyed by visitors for centuries.
Details or no details, we think that the location is so beautiful
that you can go on spec and just enjoy whatever is on that evening.
(095) 114 5384, M. Kolomenskoe
Kuskovo Estate Museum
Kuskovo used to be referred to as the Moscow
Versailles because of its formal French gardens. Built for the
Sheremetyev family, the estate was used as a summer residence and a
site for receptions, celebrations and festivities until the 1917
Revolution. Catherine the Great stayed here, and there is a black
obelisk in the park to celebrate her visit.
The summer festival season runs from May 26 to September 8. In
keeping with the elegance and harmony of Kuskovo itself, the
programme includes chamber music, the music of Vienna and early
music. The invited list of artists and orchestras reads like a who’s
who of the best of Russian music.
There are outdoor cafes, one of them by the pond. Visitors are
allowed to picnic in the park.
Note: The museum is closed on Tuesdays and concert-goers need to
know that on this day they will be let into the estate grounds only
half an hour before the performance begins.
(095) 375 5252
Ostankino Estate Museum
Ostankino is famous for its theatre, built at the end of the 18th
century, to the orders of Count N. Sheremetyev, the wealthy patron
of the arts. Sheremetyev made Ostankino his summer residence and
moved his private theatre troupe from Kuskovo. To this day the
theatre hall is still used for chamber concerts and old operas.
The summer programme, however, takes place not inside the
theatre, but in the park. The season opens on June 12th, and the
music will be both classical and jazz.
Note: The park is closed in the evening, except for
concert-goers, and picnicking is therefore not possible.
(095) 683 1602