Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

Macron in Washington: Can he change Trump's Foreign Policy?

Read more

FOCUS

Catalonia's pro-independence movement tempted by radicalisation

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'May ’68', Director’s Fortnight reloaded, 'A Paris Education'

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Macron and Trump: Dandruff diplomacy?

Read more

PERSPECTIVE

Big data: ‘A key democratic issue’

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Susan Meiselas: Kurdistan through the lens

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Global wine production drops to lowest level in 60 years

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump and Macron media moments in the US

Read more

ENCORE!

Photographer Clare Strand explores the causes and consequences of communication breakdown

Read more

Russian conductor to give concert in Ossetia

Latest update : 2008-08-20

Valery Gergiev, a Russian conductor with family roots in South Ossetia, will give a concert on the main square of Tskhinvali, the Ossetian capital, in protest of the initial bombing of the region by Georgia.

Russian conductor Valery Gergiev will give a major outdoor concert on Thursday in the capital of Georgia's Moscow-backed rebel region of South Ossetia, Saint Petersburg authorities said.

Gergiev, who is principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra and general director of Saint Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre, will lead a concert in Tskhinvali, "in front of the South Ossetian parliament building destroyed by bombardments," Saint Petersburg city council said in a statement.

Gergiev has family origins in South Ossetia and has spoken in support of Russia's military assault on Georgia, arguing it was needed to avert further loss of life among the South Ossetian population.

Tskhinvali has been preparing for a major public event on Thursday to demonstrate "support for South Ossetia," Russian officials in the region told AFP on Wednesday.

Amid speculation that Russia could recognize two rebel Georgian provinces, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament on Wednesday said the chamber was ready to offer them recognition, Interfax reported.

On August 14 Gergiev lambasted Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Britain's BBC radio, saying "the president of Georgia had no right to order his army to go and crush and use Grad missiles against peaceful civilians. That was a big... mistake of his life."

Gergiev is also principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and principal guest conductor of New York's Metropolitan Opera.

Date created : 2008-08-20

COMMENT(S)