The message reads, in part:
“This wonderful, creative forum is always a spectacular and impressive event, a real festival of music and excellent performing arts. Thanks to the amazing energy of its creator – Maestro Valery Gergiev – it stands out for its special, spiritual atmosphere, high-profile premieres and superstar performances.
I am confident that this festival, which is devoted to two occasions –135 years since Igor Stravinsky’s birth and Rodion Shchedrin’s 85th birthday – will fully measure up to the expectations of the most demanding audiences and will give them a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the world’s best classical works as well as contemporary opera and ballet productions.
I wish the participants of the Stars of the White Nights Festival success and inspiration and its guests, the joy of performances by outstanding Russian and foreign musicians.”