Ensemble “Rustavi” Administration Press Release, November 27th, 2020
Connecting with the 50th anniversary of the Ensemble “Rustavi”, there has been published a very important anthology – “400 Georgian Folk Songs”.
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“Ensemble ‘Rustavi’ inspired the audience with songs, swords and daggers.
…Both men and women can dance on the toes.
The Georgians are the people with warrior spirit. In the dance ‘Khanjluri’ they threw the daggers, which directly drove into the wooden floor. In ‘Parikaoba’ they demonstrated the virtuoso technique of using the arms. The daggers tickled with sparks. Pridon Sulaberidze’s choreography took the dances to the highest point.
The dance ‘Wedding Suite’ – one of the most wonderful examples of performing art shows the theme of love.
The songs filled the program. The choir of perfectly matching voices of wide possibilities brilliantly presented the valuable art”.
The Embassy of Georgia in Germany, by the initiative of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Mr. Kote Gabashvili, decided to hold Georgian stars’ concert in Koln.
On the project, together with Kote Gabashvili, worked Mrs. Manana Khelaia and deputy ambassador Mrs. Maia Panjikidze.
The concert was planned for June 16 at the concert hall of the Mariton Hotel. There were invited the State String Quartette of Georgia, well known violinist Liana Isakadze, opera singers Zurab Sotkilava, Makvala Qasrashvili and Lado Ataneli, outstanding pianist Lekso Toradze, ballet star Nino Ananiashvili, the Sukhishvilis Dancers’ Ensemble and “Rustavi” singers. The whole income from the concert was donated to Tbilisi homeless children’s homes.
High society of Germany arrived at the concert, among them was Hans-Dietrich Genscher. The concert was an incredible success. The thought of the viewer was unanimous: “Today it is difficult to find a country in the world that will be able to give such a high level concert.” After the concert they gave a huge reception.
From August 9 to September 2 by the invitation of impresarios Findling (Switzerland) and Tomas Rode (Germany), “Rustavi” was on tours to France, Switzerland and Germany. Performances were planned to big cathedrals. Only Georgian church hymns were included in the program.
The first concert was held in Bordeaux and then in Rouen, Chevaliet, Lyon (France), Verbier, Sion, Hot-Nond, Montana (Switzerland). From there we left for Germany and arrived in Bitburg where we began recording of old sacred hymns in a X century church. Impresario Rode was preparing a big tour of “Rustavi” to Europe, so he decided to produce Georgian sacred hymns on the CD. On August 23 there was finished recording of the sacred hymns in Bitburg Cathedral. On August 24 a concert was held at Emerman Cathedral in Regensburg.
On August 27 a concert was held in Landshut.
Next concert was given on August 28 at the celebration of the Virgin at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Munich. On August 29 we gave a concert in Salzburg (Mozart’s hometown), Austria. We held next concert in Straubing. Our last concert was held at Michael Grubvet’s Cathedral in Passau. The concerts were huge success everywhere. On September 2 we came back to Georgia.
In September “Rustavi” had one more tour, this time to the Czech Republic, where it gave 3 concerts.
From November 13 to December 22 “Rustavi” was on a long tour to Germany-Austria-Switzerland which was organized by impresario Tomas Rode. The performances were also held at churches. Against the background of “Rustavi”’s church hymns, on the stage there were shown old-Georgian miniatures with a big projection apparatus that made a wonderful effect. The concerts were held in: Bonn, Koln, Dusseldorf, Radevormwald, Bremen, Kil, Dresden, Berlin, Potsdam, Braunschweig (St. Catherine’s Cathedral), Gottingen (St. Jacob’s Cathedral), Duisburg (Reynolds Baptist Church), Wuppertal, Hamburg, Dortmund, Augsburg.
On December 7 “Rustavi” gave a concert in Vienna. On the very next day “Rustavi”’s singers went to the famous cemetery of Vienna where are buried Beethoven, Mozart (symbolic grave), Brahms, Schubert, Strauss and others. They performed Georgian church hymns by their graves. On December 9 “Rustavi” gave a concert in Innsbruck. On December 10 concerts were held in Munich, then in Switzerland, Bazel, Bern, Zurich, Heidelberg, Erlangen, and Pforzheim. On December 22 “Rustavi” left for Tbilisi, Georgia.