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Evening for Corporative Friends of the Hermitage

Published 09 December 2019

On 5 December 2017, during the Hermitage Days, an event for corporate members of the Hermitage Friends’ Club was held in the Winter Palace to mark the 255th anniversary of the museum. Before the start of the official part of the evening, Alexander Gorodnitsky wished all present the very best on the festive occasion and performed his famous song The Atlantes Hold Up the Sky, which has become the official anthem of the Hermitage.

Mikhail Piotrovsky made a welcome address and spoke about the main events and projects for the museum in 2019. This was followed by the traditional ceremony honouring sponsors and patrons of the museum.

The exhibition curator Lidia Dobrovolskaya and Sergei Androsov, the head of the Department of Western European Fine Art, acquainted the guests with the newly-opened exhibitions “For Service and Bravery” and “Sandro Botticelli. Madonna della Loggia. From the Uffizi Gallery”. This was a unique opportunity for them to visit the two displays.

A festive concert then awaited the company in the Hermitage Theatre with performances by soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre, the Soloists of Catherine the Great ensemble, pupils of the Academy of Russian Ballet, and the Children’s Choir of Saint Petersburg Television and Radio (conducted by Igor Gribkov). At the end of the concert, People’s Artist of Russia Nikolai Marton recited Nikolai Agnivtsev’s poem “How the heart beats!” from the Brilliant Saint Petersburg cycle.

The festive reception was organized with the support of a member of the Hermitage Friends’ Club – the Hennessy Social and Cultural Foundation.