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Victory: with Pain and Pride...

Programme:
Brundibár Première
Concert of the Wartime Songs

Victory: with Pain and Pride...
Artists
Conductor Igor Tomashevsky

Performers  Boris Pinkhasovich and members of the Childrens Choir of St Petersburg TV and Radio

Credits
Libretto in Russian by Lilia Vinogradova after the original libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister

Musical Director and Chorus Master of the Childrens Choir of St Petersburg TV and Radio: Igor Gribkov
Principal Pianist and Vocal Coach of the Childrens Choir of St Petersburg TV and Radio: Lyudmila Ralko
Stage Director: Mstislav Pentkovsky
Project Manager: Margarita Kunitsyna-Tankevich
Choreography: Maria Bolshakova
Stage Design: Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting: Alexander Kibitkin
Video: Victoria Zlotnikova
Consultant in the Czech language: Elena Kolomiytseva
Stage Manager: Elena Piskunova

Filming in the Czech Republic:
Director: Mstislav Pentkovsky
Cameraman: Honza Malik
Postproduction: Dmitry Palukhin
Line Producer: Jiri Garuca

The pictures and sketches used in the scenery provided by the National Museum in Prague, the Jewish Museum in Prague, and the Museum of Yad Vashem (Israel)

Sheet music provided by Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers Ltd

Brundibár (1938), a childrens opera by the Czech composer Hans Krása (18991944) with a libretto by Adolf Hoffmeister (19021973), is associated with one of the most dramatic pages in the history of the 20th century. The opera gained international fame after the Jewish children of Theresienstadt concentration camp (fortress of Terezín) performed it in 19431944. Many of those children died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz soon after. Nowadays, the opera is regularly performed all around the world and its productions are always dedicated to the memory of the children, who died in the Nazi concentration camps.

The Mikhailovsky Theatre expresses its gratitude to the following organizations:

The Embassy and the Consulate General of Israel in St Petersburg
The Embassy and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Russia
The Embassy and the Consulate General of the United States in St Petersburg
Channel One Russia
The Regional Jewish Congress in St Petersburg Charitable Foundation
National Museum in Prague
Jewish Museum in Prague
Terezín Memorial (Czech Republic)
The Museum and the Archive of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center (Israel)
The Israeli Cultural Centre in St Petersburg under the jurisdiction of the Embassy of Israel in Russia
The Russian Research and Educational Holocaust Centre

Aninka and Pepíček go to the market to get some milk for their sick mother. As they do not have any money, they decide to follow the example of the organ grinder, Brundibár  people throw coins in his hat when he makes music. Aninka and Pepíček sing their song but nobody listens to them. When they try to draw attention to themselves, people chase them away for being a nuisance. Aninka and Pepíček do not know what to do. A dog, a cat, and a sparrow are on the spot and promise to help.

In the morning, the animals round up all the children in town to make a large choir. The citizens listen to their song, and soon Pepíčeks cap is full of coins. Suddenly, Brundibár appears, grabs Pepíčeks cap and tries to run away with the money. However, he is only one against many and he does not stand a chance. The children celebrate their victory and the choir sings of friendship and support for each other.

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