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Festival of classical music
Every year at the beginning of autumn in Abkhazia passes festival of classical music "Hibla Gerzmava invites", which is the main cultural event of a year. The best Russian collectives act in the towns of Pitsunda and Sukhum, and also in the concerts of classical music take part the gifted Abkhazian performers. The inspirer and organizer of festival is a brilliant opera singer, the People's Artist of Abkhazia and Honored Artist of Russia, the winner of many Russian and international contests of vocalists, Hibla Gerzmava. The government of Abkhazia actively assists in holding of festivals which already became a kind tradition.
The festival was born in 2001. On a stage of Pitsunda Cathedral and the Abkhazian State Philharmonic acted Elena Obraztsova, Vladimir Spivakov, actors of the Moscow Musical Theatre named after Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko, the Daniel Kramer's trio, the Kazan state orchestra "La Primavera" and other known Russian collectives. The presenter of many concerts within the bounds of festival was Sviatoslav Belza.
The eighth festival of classical music has passed In September, 2009. It has been dedicated to anniversary of the well-known writer Fazil Iskander. Performance of an orchestra "Virtuosos of Moscow" under the guidance of Vladimir Spivakov was the main event of that festival. On the stage of Abkhazian State Philharmonic acted young Abkhazian vocalists and performers, students and graduates of the Russian musical high schools. Among them were Ekaterina and Alkhas Ferzba, which in December, 2009 became laureates of XIII International contest of vocalists named after Glinka.
At a summer festival in 2010 in Sukhum on a stage were young performers Alkhas and Ekaterina Ferzba, Astamur Kvitsinia, Christina Eshba, Astanda Bagatelia and others. In Pitsunda temple appeared on a stage Alice Gitsba and soloists of “Helikon Opera” to the accompaniment of Luke Gadeliya (organ) and Dmitry Zakharchenko (oboe) – the winners of international contests. In Sukhum, also took place a unique concert - on the stage of the Abkhazian State Philharmonic acted one of the best jazz vocalists Deborah Brown.
The festival "Hibla Gerzmava invites» is in a great favour, really "all Abkhazia" come to listen her magic voice, and to contact with lofty art of classical music. Concerts are sold out for every performance, never disappoint public and give to listeners a wonderful energy.