For over 20 years, the Russian National Orchestra has worked actively with several Moscow children’s home and boarding schools. The RNO has a passion for reaching the hearts of children living under difficult circumstances and bringing greater joy to their souls, enriching their spirits through music and creative self-expression. Since its launch in 1996, Magic of Music has made it possible for hundreds of youth each year to attend special RNO productionsin major venues of throughout Russia.
More than 500 children and families attend annually concerts of the Russian National Orchestra in the home of the RNO, Orchestrion Hall and the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. This provides the opportunity to hear classical and contemporary music combined with traditional novels and stories. The teachers of these special children then have them write their own stories based on the music they heard.
Recent concerts include Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, The Scarlet Flower, and Peter and the Wolf – 2 by composer Peter Pospelov and Alice in Wonderland by Alexander Rosenblat. A CD of Alice in Wonderland was given as gift to the children who attended the performance.
The most special part of the evening for the musicians is to meet the children on stage after the performance to talk with them and show them their instruments.
This project is generously supported by Boeing.
Every April the RNO invites disabled children to hear RNO soloists play in major art galleries and literature museums of Moscow, including recently the beautiful Tretyakov Gallery.
This project is generously supported by Chevron Neftegas Inc.
Throughout 2016, the ensemble performed an interactive version of Peter and the Wolf in Moscow schools. The wind quintet has adapted the score and narration for performances in festivals, museums, zoos, wolf sanctuaries [Wolf Haven] and children's hospitals in Russia, Bermuda, the US, the UK and Singapore for delighted audiences of all ages. Narrators have included ambassadors, governors, actresses, radio and television personalities and child-narrators who add their talents.
The RNO-University of Alabama music therapy collaboration began in 2010 when Maxim Rubtsov, Principal Flute of the RNO and the orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, Vladislav Lavrik, attended a seminar in the theory and techniques of music therapy at UA School of Music.
In 2012 Maxim, Vlad and Dawn Sandel, a UA Music Therapist who plays guitar and sings, worked with children at the Vsevolozhsk social rehabilitation center in the Leningrad Region and the Perspektiva Center in St. Petersburg. The American and Russian musicians worked mainly one-on-one with Russian children, demonstrating techniques and special educational materials. These musicians now use the music therapy techniques learned in their performances for children in Moscow.
Based on the 2007 children’s book by Mary Ann Allin, the Suite from Hermitage Cats Save the Day was introduced in 2015 in Moscow and Efremov, a town in the Tula Region as a way to involve flute pupils and school children in a short performance of the themes from Hermitage Cats. The piece has also been made into a musical.