MINSK, 6 December (BelTA) – The 2nd Belarusian-Russian culture and education project Wings of Dream was launched in the concert hall Verhni Gorod in Minsk on 6 December, BelTA has learned.

The two-day festival began with a concert of laureates of international and Russian contests, students of the Moscow State College of Musical Performance named after Frederic Chopin. Works by Rachmaninoff, Wagner, and Chopin were performed.

On 7 December the Minsk State Musical College named after Mikhail Glinka will host master classes on playing violin, piano, and oboe (block flute) with assistance of Russian pedagogues. A joint concert by Belarusian and Russian musicians will take place in the cultural and business center Moscow House in Minsk in the evening.

According to Natalya Lezhneva, the initiative’s supervisor, chairwoman of the Minsk city council of directors of children art schools, this year the Wings of Dream project has reached new heights. “The number of those willing to participate in the first project was small. But one year later we saw noticeably stronger interest: we’ve received over 100 applications for attending the piano master class, over 50 for the violin class, and slightly less than that for the oboe class,” she said.

The project is meant to popularize art of children and teenagers, promote classic music, and develop cultural ties between Minsk and Moscow. The project has been organized by the Minsk City Executive Committee with assistance of the Foreign Economic and Cultural Ties Department of Moscow and the Embassy of Russia in Minsk.

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