Night Serenades held its final concert of the 15th-anniversary festival in Tbilisi. The creative group offered concerts packed with a diverse program for the classical music-loving public. Both Georgian and foreign musicians participated in the festival.
“We are very happy that we were able to hold a very diverse and interesting festival in three cities – Borjomi, Batumi, and Tbilisi,” said festival director Nina Tsagareli. “In parallel with classical music concerts, we organized workshops, master classes, and an exhibition. It is also very gratifying that the National Symphony Orchestra was our partner. Special emphasis was placed on violinists at the festival, with Hayon Park, a Korean violinist from London, virtuoso Laura Marzador, the first violinist of La Scala, our Veriko Chumburidze, as well as vocalists from Germany, Italy, our pianist Tata Lichel and maestro Beatrice Venetsi.”
“The essence and meaning of the festival is the impulse to charge people with positive energy,” said Giorgi Isakadze, artistic director of the festival, a musician himself and a teacher, as well as the founder and director of the Ingolstadt and Munich Music and Dance Academy and School, and the nephew of festival founder Liana Isakadze. “Since the establishment of Night Serenades, Liana’s desire has been to promote and develop this greatest treasure, classical music. After all, classical music is one of the most important cores of humanity’s spirituality.”
At the opening of the festival in Borjomi, arias from the operas of Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Neapolitan songs, universally recognized masterpieces of instrumental music- works of Johannes Brahms, Dmitri Shostakovich -were performed. Georgian music was also played: “Ase Chonguri” and “Kuchkhi Bedineri” from Otar Taktakishvili’s vocal cycle “Megrelian songs”.
In Batumi, Hayon Park, together with the Georgian pianist Tamar Lichel, performed the violin sonata of Cesar Frank in an extraordinary way. Beethoven’s violin concerto was played accompanied by the base orchestra of the festival “Georgian Virtuosos.”
At the final concerts in Tbilisi, excellent pieces by Gioachino Rossini, Umberto Giordano, Pietro Mascagni were performed for lovers of classical music.
On the final evening of the festival, the music of Mozart was heard. Mozart’s Rondo and Violin Concertos were performed by Laura Marzadoriv, an internationally acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, currently the first violinist of the La Scala Orchestra. She was accompanied by “Georgian Virtuosos.”
“We are glad that this tradition continues, and we thank the top-ranking participants and the audience, as well as our sponsors and supporters,” said the organizers.
“I performed Tchaikovsky’s violin concert for the first time and also played for the first time at Night Serenades,” said internationally recognized violinist, winner of the Veniavskyi competition, Veriko Chumburidze. “This day will be unforgettable for me, because being a participant of the festival founded by Liana Isakadze is a great honor. I was 13 years old when I met Liana, and I was very happy when she invited me to this festival. Liana Isakadze is my favorite Georgian violinist, I have the greatest respect for her.”
The founder of the festival is the world-famous violinist and conductor Liana Isakadze, while the artistic director is Giorgi Isakadze. The organizer of the festival is the company “Art Alliance,” and the director of the festival is Nina Tsagareli.
Supporters of the festival include the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia, Batumi City Hall, Tbilisi City Hall, Borjomi City Hall, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Adjara, Embassy of Italy in Georgia, Embassy of Germany in Georgia. The host hotels are Borjomi Likani and Hilton Garden Inn Tbilisi.
Festival partners include the National Symphony Orchestra and Professional State Drama Theater named after Ilia Chavchavadze of Batumi. Additionally, the furniture house “Nita,” the chain of perfume stores “Lutecia,” the founder of herbal cosmetics from France “Yves Roche,” the company “Sarajishvili,” and the “Wine Cellar” of the Khutsishvili brothers, as well as the premium direction of “HOTSALE.GE” and a pharmaceutical company “PSP” extended their support. News supporters include Adjara Public Broadcaster, First Channel of Georgia, “Rustavi2” TV Company, “Imedi” TV Company, “Post TV,” “Euronius Georgia”; “Georgian Times” Media Holding, Patriarchal Television “Ertsulovneba,” “TV25” , Media and digital communications agency “Clip Art,” information portal “Ambebi.ge”, information agency “Prime Time,” “Georgian Press,” English-language newspaper “Georgia Today,” English-language daily newspaper “Messenger,” magazine “Sarke,” newspaper “Adjara,” Radio “Fortuna” and website Fortuna.