The concert version of Bellini’s Norma will be performed at the Opera House within the framework of International Festival "From Easter to Ascension"


12th International Festival “From Easter to Ascension” will be held in Georgia from April 20 to May 25, 2017. The festival will be dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Restoration of Autocephaly of the Apostolic Church of Georgia and the 40th Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II.
 
The artistic director of the festival is a famous Georgian singer  working in Italy -  Iano Tamar Alibegashvili, the honorary advisor of the festival is a  famous Georgian pianist Alexander Korsantia.
 
Organizer  - "Art +".
 
The festival, which has already become an integral part of Georgia's cultural life, will be traditionally held in both the capital and different regions of Georgia. 
 
Tbilisi Festival concerts:


April 20, 19.30.  Djansug Kakhidze Tbilisi Center for Music & Culture
The opening ceremony of the festival. Gala concert.
Participants: Georgian and world opera stars, Francesco Ellero d'Artegna – operatic bass from Italy will visit Tbilisi  for the first time. Participants: Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, Georgian State Capella, conductor - Vakhtang Kakhidze.
 
April 23, 20.00. Opera theater.
F. Bellini  Norma (the first concert performance in Georgia).
Participants include: Iano Alibegashvili, Ketevan Kemoklidze, Zoran Todorovich (Germany), Francesco Ellero d'Artegna (Italy), Opera Theater Team and Orchestra, conductor José Luis Gomez (Spain).
 
May 3, 16.00. Children and Youth National Palace of Georgia
Gala concert of young performers of national performing arts.
Participants: Students of the Music Seminary of the Tbilisi  Conservatoire, Z. Paliashvili Central Music School, Tbilisi Evgeni Mikeladze Central Music School and Children and Youth National Palace of Georgia
 
May 22, 19.00. Rustaveli Theater. Small Hall.
Georgia State Chamber Orchestra “Georgian Sinfonietta". Soloists: Ketevan Badridze (piano, USA), Sandro Sidamonidze (cello, USA).

Regions:
April 30, 18.00
Telavi, Vazha-Pshavela State Professional Drama Theatre
Composer Nunu Gabunia's Jubilee Evening
Participants:  Famous performers of Georgian professional stage.
 
May 24, 19.00  Kutaisi. Opera Theater.
Georgia State Chamber Orchestra “Georgian Sinfonietta". Soloists: Ketevan Badridze (piano, USA), Sandro Sidamonidze (cello, USA).


May 25, 18.00. Batumi. Arts and music center.
Georgia State Chamber Orchestra “Georgian Sinfonietta". Soloists: Ketevan Badridze (piano, USA), Sandro Sidamonidze (cello, USA).
 
Tbilisi City Hall and the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia remain permanent partners of the festival.
 
Also festival partners: Embassy of the Republic of Italy in Georgia. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Adjara; Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Theater, Telavi City Hall, Kutaisi City Hall.
 
Supporters: Hotel Biltmore, Insurance Company Ardi, Artflordesign.
Media Partners: Public Broadcaster, Patriarchate's Television "Ertsulovneba", Artarea, Internet Portal Sunday, "Sputnik Georgia", Newspaper "Georgia Today". TV Company Imedi, Rustavi 2.