A European presence during the 2003 tercentenary
celebrations in St. Petersburg
At the European Summit in Stockholm in March 2001 and in the joint
statement concluding the EU-Russia Summit in May 2001, the European
Union expressed its willingness to be a part of the celebrations
this year marking the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg. This
occasion provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight and strengthen
EU-Russia relations and to illustrate the many links between our
In addition to a number of activities organised by the EU member
states, the city of St. Petersburg has been invited to host the
'European Cultural Month' this year. A European presence will also
be assured through funding granted by the European Union, under
the Action III of the Culture 2000 Framework Programme, to four
projects involving over a dozen countries in total.
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The culture 2000 programme is supporting a special gala concert
celebrating the 300th anniversary of St. Petersburg.
Project leader : European Union Youth Orchestra
Description : The EUYO will play a gala concert under director Vladimir
Ashkenazy on 3rd April in St. Petersburg's Philharmonic Hall, celebrating
St. Petersburg's 300th Anniversary. The concert programme features
two performances of Rachmaninoff: the famous Russian soloist Alexander
Ghindin will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the
orchestra, who will then perform Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.
The European Union Youth Orchestra draws together 140 selected talented
musicians under the age of 24 from the 15 EU countries. Its patrons
are the presidents of the European Parliament and the European Commission
and the Heads of State of the EU member countries. It was founded
25 years ago and is based in London.
Community grant : € 73.755,52