Indigenous Bands and an Orchestra Conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo to Perform at the Concert Devoted to the International Arctic Forum 2019 Opening

The Gala Concert devoted to the opening of the 5th International Arctic Forum will be held on 8 April on the St. Petersburg Music Hall Big Stage. Bands representing the Arctic regions of the Russian Federation have prepared unique programmes for the Forum’s guests and participants as well as for the city residents. Their performances reflect both the centuries-old traditions of folk art and imperishable world classics. St. Petersburg acting Governor Alexander Beglov will give a welcoming speech before the concert.

The concert will begin with a performance by the Northern Symphony orchestra conducted by Fabio Mastrangelo – one of the most titled and well-known conductors, who participates in many festivals and performances in Russia and abroad.

The concert programme includes performances by Arco ARTico of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) State Philharmonic, the ethnic music band Ayarkhaan and Chukotka Eskimos band Kochevnik. 

The ethnic music band Ayarkhaan (Yakutia) is a personal project of Albina Degtyareva. The group makes music that goes beyond familiar genres and categories. Using only their own voices and khomus, Ayarkhaan not only plays music but imitates the voices and sounds of wildlife: various birds, cranes, horses neighing, the sound of the wind and the heartbeat, immersing the audience in the amazingly picturesque world of wildlife.

The repertoire of Arco ARTico – the string ensemble of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) State Philharmonic – includes both classical and popular music, film music, Argentinian tango and pop hits from the past.

Vocal and dance group Kochevnik represents Chukotka. At the Music Hall concert, the group will be accompanied by Olit Tevlyanaut, demonstrating her wide and colourful vocal range and a combination of various performance techniques. Olit’s love of Chukchi folk songs is based on a blend of folk vocals, ethnic music, fusion and mastery of the mouth harp.