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29 June 2012 y.

There were three premieres at once at the first official concert of the festival

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Today, June, 29 in the Maly Hall of the Regional Philharmonic Society there has taken place the first official concert of the III Krasnoyarsk International Music Festival of the Asian-Pacific region.
The Krasnoyarsk Academic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tom Woods from Australia presented listeners the original program of works run through with oriental motifs.
For the first time at the Krasnoyarsk stage the Suite from the ballet The Prince of Pagodas by Benjamin Britten, fragments of music by Christopher Gordon for the film Mao`s Last DancerDances of the Chair from the opera Nixon in China by John Adams have sounded. The Suite from the ballet Red Poppy by Reinhold Glière, which had already been performed by the orchestra, finished the concert.
"In the early 20th century composers actively used other scales, which came from the East, and this is a very interesting point in the Western music. Britten's ballet The Prince of Pagodas is performed very rarely. I think this is a big mistake. The music is exceptional; it has a lot of colours. It often happens that a man has created a ballet of genius, but at first, the choreography is not so brilliant. Britten was just not lucky. The music from the film  Mao`s Last Dancer  is very easy to listen to. What about John Adams – he is a composer of classics. The program of this concert is very elaborate, but I think we succeeded,"- concluded Tom Woods.