Many constellations in the Russian culture outer space are laid out for world’s eyes, and genius of Pyotr Tchaikovsky is one of the brightest. The world’s music Olympus is impossible to imagine without him.
Lomonosov’s career is another creature of the wonderful life: to rise from a country boy with a couple of books in the scrip, to an excellent scientist, academician and noble, a favorite of the Empress, an owner of houses and villages, an honorary member of the Swedish and Bologna Academies of Sciences, to soar like an eagle to the Olympus of science - a few people are able to do it...
At the end of October, the renewed and rejuvenated Bolshoi Theater will give its first performance; the company will start rehearsing in the main building at the beginning of the autumn. The high quality of the restoration of this Moscow masterpiece, which is a truly national asset, has been confirmed by a special UNESCO commission…
Alexandre Alyabiev passed away 160 years ago. The composer died being outcast, nobody even wrote an obituary for the occasion. Only some unknown admirer made on the grave tomb an engraving - a sharp-nosed little bird with an open beak - a singing nightingale... "I cannot help crying hearing "Nightingale" by Alyabiev!!!",- the great Russian composer Piotr Tchaikovsy exclaimed. And until present this charming romance, being a true embodiment of Russian lyricism, remains as a precious "music pearl", often crowning the repertoires of celebrated coloratura sopranos, national and foreign.
Skolkovo, a village near Moscow, five centuries old, has made an incredible career nowadays. Now it is no longer a drowsy village hiding in the forests, two kilometers from the capital, but a newly-emerging innovation center, an ultramodern scientific-technological complex for the development and commercialization of new technologies, with high purpose and a promising future. A popular metaphor has arisen for it: the Sun’s Innograd
Nobody believed Vitus Bering in St. Petersburg: since he did not set foot on the American shore, he discovered no strait! To prove his right, feeling insulted, the captain-commander embarked on a voyage again. And so, after having made his great discovery twice, with victory in hand, he was dying on a desert island in the Pacific. It was in December 1741.
In addition to many remarkable dates, the outgoing year has been also marked by the 140th anniversary of Alexander Kuprin, who has a special place in the pantheon of famous Russian writers of the beginning of the XX century. The acknowledged master of the short story, author of excellent narratives, Kuprin created a vast and diverse picture of life in Russia of the time. The writer’s best works withstood the test of time with dignity. They contain the valuable things Ivan Bunin called “Kuprin’s blessing to the whole world”.
On November 2nd at UNESCO Headquarters for the first time there was a presentation of UNESCO medals “For contributions to the development of nanoscience and nanotechnology”. By decision of the international jury the Medal of Honour was awarded to Russian Academician Jaures Alferov.