For the sixth consecutive time Alfa-Bank has sponsored the annual festival “Svyatoslav Richter December Nights”, hosted by the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.
“December Nights” is a synthesis of music and fine arts. Every concert cycle is accompanied by an exhibition containing items that relate to the festival programme either historically, thematically or through images. In 2006, the exhibition was called “Masks: From Myth to Carnival”.
The best Russian and foreign soloists and groups performed at the Festival. Among them were Nikolai Lugansky, Alexey Lubimov, and Andreas Staier.
Alfa-Bank sponsored the show of the legendary singer Sting in Moscow’s Olympic Stadium. The rock musician visited the capital as part of his Broken Music world tour which promoted his new album.
The concert was the finale of Sting’s grand tour of 28 European cities, from Portugal to Russia. The Moscow audience welcomed Sting back for the third time.
As part of a world tour with their new album Dynamite, Jamiroquai, the popular group from Great Britain, was welcomed to Moscow’s Olympic Stadium for their first and only show. More than 15,000 people attended the event.
Alfa-Bank co-sponsored a Gala ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, to pay tribute to Maya Plisetskaya, the outstanding assoluta of the Bolshoi Ballet.
The performance brought together 28 stars from the Royal Ballet and Moscow and St Petersburg ballets, the largest number ever to be together on one stage. Among the dancers were Svetlana Zakharova from the Bolshoi, Darcey Bussel and Alina Cojocaru from the Royal Ballet, Uliana Lopatkina, Irma Nioradze, Igor Zelenski, and Farukh Ruzimatov from the Mariinsky. Plisetskaya, who celebrated her 80th birthday in November 2005, and whose career has stretched over 60 years, is best known around the world for her Dying Swan. On the night of the performance, she joined the dancers on stage to dance a brief solo.
The jubilee events concluded with a gala performance of Don Quixote on the stage of the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.