Singing in Siberia: A Concert in Irkutsk, Russia (VIDEO)
Helen Holter traveled the Trans-Siberian Railway aboard the Golden Eagle luxury train from Ulan Ude in Siberia to Moscow, Russia. She and her fellow travelers experienced a private concert in Irkutsk, where such musical traditions have lived on for nearly 200 years.
Before I traveled to Siberia, I never considered it as anything other than a sad, dark and chilly place given its history of punishment, exile, and labor camps. Yet, my perceptions about Siberia were shattered along my train journey, as I experienced a classical concert on a sunny, hot summer Siberian day in Irkutsk, the “Paris of Siberia,” as Anton Chekhov called it.
Inside Maria Volkonsky’s original parlor with its rich burgundy-flocked wallpaper, white-trimmed doors, and crystal chandeliers, our featured soloists performed songs in Russian, focusing on love – of course! (After all, Maria herself was the subject of poems by Pushkin.) These singers easily transported us back to a time when such classical concerts resounded from these walls, nearly 200 years ago.
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(Top photo: The master of ceremonies and Russian interpreter introduce songs at the Decembrist House Museum private concert in Irkutsk, Siberia. Photo credit: Helen Holter)
PUBLISHED: August 3, 2015