St Petersburg, Mariinsky II

Heavenly Seraphim

Anna Shpagina (piano)
The priest Pavel Radin (bells)

The Spiritual Chorus of the St Petersburg Metropolitan See
Chorus Master: Yuri Gerasimov

The Women’s Chorus of the St Petersburg Metropolitan See
Chorus Master: Igor Matyukhov

The Children’s Chorus of the St Petersburg Diocese (featuring the Alexandria Children’s Chorus)
Chorus Mistress: Valentina Korolyova

The Mariinsky Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor: Andrei Petrenko

Introduced by Anastasia Melnikova and Yevgeny Dyatlov

Production Team:
Concept: the priest Ilya Makarov
Scenario and Stage Director: Alyona Polikovskaya
Video Director: Dzhangir Suleimanov
Montage Director: Alexander Snegiryov
Director: Vasily Yakovlev

About the Concert

The concert commemorates 160 years since the birth of the Holy Martyr Seraphim of Petrograd and 150 years since the birth of the Reverend Seraphim of Vyritsk

This is a musical history of St Petersburg, a history of three great saints, a history of the collision between the worldly and the heavenly. A place where the world of the angels and people comes together, and where the coincidences never fail to amaze the audience. The worldly Seraphim and the heavenly Angels relate the destiny of the Russian people and towns and cities of the 19th and 20th centuries. Seraphim Sarovsky, Seraphim Chichagov and Seraphim Vyritsky are saints whose names are forever connected with each other and the life of St Petersburg. In the Christian tradition, Seraphim represent the highest order of angels, closer than any other to God. Anyone who has that name feels a certain responsibility and predestination.
The on-stage video-installation uses unique materials from the archives of the St Petersburg Religious Academy Library. There are living tableaux, icons, early and contemporary texts and historic documents. The art work is by Swiss artist Maxim Bovey.

Age category 6+

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