Whether you like symphonic music or not you have to try not to miss this inexpensive, but unforgettable music performance. It’s called Season ticket No.10 series or “Concerts in dress coats and jeans” in St Petersburg Academic Philharmonic Hall named after Dmitry Shostakovich.
The first part of the concert usually consists of some more or less classic pieces of music by Shostakovich, Gershwin, Debussy etc., but the second part is absolutely unpredictable, not only Piazzolla, Mancini and Rota, but it could be music by Beatles and ABBA, or music from popular Soviet movies by Dashkevich or Tariverdiev, or even music from Star Wars by Williams. For the second part of the concert members of the orchestra appear on the stage wearing jeans! I remember some shows, when it was hard to believe that you can see and hear a complete symphonic orchestra playing this simple, but very emotional music everybody loves so much!
These shows are performed in absolutely contrast style to all other academic concerts of classical and symphonic music of the Philharmonic Hall, but you still have the same incredible orchestra and great conductors: such as my favorite and very talented conductor Alexey Nyaga or the most famous Italian in Russian music circles today Fabio Mastrangelo. Special spice to this mixture is the irreplaceable master of ceremonies – Alexander Malich – a charismatic TV and radio star, winner of numerous awards. For several years he unites different music, various musicians and conductors, contradictory performance styles into one unique show.