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Music in Moscow

Classical music in Moscow is still very popular, although not quite on the scale of Prague or Vienna. With the collapse of communism, funding for the arts has declined drastically but prices still remain relatively cheap. Concert times and venues change frequently. The best way to find out what is happening in Moscow at any given time is to read the Friday Moscow Times. Unfortunately for summer visitors much of the industry goes on holiday between June and September.

HThe Moscow Conservatoire

The prestigious Moscow Conservatoire, located just a five-minute walk from Red Square and the Kremlin, is a world-recognized center of musical education and performance and musicological studies and fosters some of Russia's most talented contemporary composers, conductors and musicians. The Conservatoire holds regular concerts in its various venues. The Grand Hall, which is famous for its unique acoustics and for having one of the world's largest organs, hosts regular symphonic concerts and musical events and welcomes well-known orchestras, conductors and soloists from around the world.

Address: 13 Ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya
Metro: Okhotny Ryad
Tel: 095-229-9401, 095-229-7412, 095-229-8183
Performances: daily 7pm

HTchaikovsky Concert Hall

The Russian State Symphony Orchestra was founded in the early 1930s and began its first concert program in the Grand Hall of the Moscow Conservatoire in October 1936. The orchestra has played with some of the world's top musicians, including Svyatoslav Richter, Evgeni Kissin and Vadim Repin, and has been held under the baton of some of the world's best-known conductors; Sir Yehudi Menuhin, Andrew Litton and Valery Gergiev. Today the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall hosts regular concerts by both the Russian State Symphony Orchestra and many visiting international orchestras, ensembles, choirs, soloists and conductors.

Address: 4/31 Triumphalnaya Ploshad, Moscow
Metro: Mayakovskaya
Tel: 095-299-3957, 095-299-3681
Performances: Daily 7pm

HBB King Blues Club

The premiere opening featured the man himself, and visiting Western stars have continued to make appearances here, often for postconcert jams. (Music Clubs, Blues, Zemlyanoi Gorod).

Address: 4 Sadovaya-Samotyochnaya ul., Bldg. 2, Moscow
Tel: 495-299-8206
Metro: Tsvetnoy Bulvar

HLe Club

Firmly established as one of the city's leading jazz clubs, this is an upscale joint that always hosts some of the top names in town. (Music Clubs, Jazz, Taganka )
Address: 21 Verkhnyaya Radishchevskaya, Moscow

Phone: 495-915-1042
Metro: Taganskaya

HMoscow International House of Music

Opened in 2002, this architecturally striking center stages major classical concerts in its Svetlanov Hall, which contains Russia’s largest organ.

Address: 52 Kosmodamianskaya nab., Bldg. 8, Moscow
Metro: Paveletskaya
Tel: 495-730-4350; 495-730-1860

HTsaritsyno Museum

A music hall nestled among the remains of Catherine the Great's partially completed Moscow estate regularly holds classical-music concerts. Music, Southern Outskirts

Address: 1 ul. Dolskaya, Moscow
Metro: Orekhovo or Tsaritsyno

Tel: 495-325-4844

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