Poet Blok commemorative meetings to be held in St Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, August 7 (Itar-Tass) — Alexander Blok’s voice recorded in the early 20th century will be heard in his last Petersburg flat at former Ofitserskaya Street this Sunday, on the 90th anniversary since the poet’s death.

The recording was made during an evening meeting, when the “tragic poet” of the revolution epoch read his verses about Russia.

Museum visitors will also hear romances in his verses to be sung by Valery Agafonov, Oleg Pogudin and Dmitry Khvorostovsky.

The recordings will accompany the exhibition “Characters of his Soul”. In Anatoly Maslov’s series of paintings are 12 portraits of Blok, the number of his poem “the Twelve”. The poet’s face changes the expression — from light and almost that of a child to a tragic look. Graphic pictures of the northern capital are placed near the paintings. Mostly, these are pictures of the old Kolomna area and the islands, where “the most Petersburg poet” liked to walk.

After a minute of silence in the memorial room, admirers of the brightest representative of the Silver Age will go to the first burial place at the Smolenskoye cemetery. Flowers will be laid at the granite stone at the place. Then, a religious service will be held in the Light Christ Resurrection Church, where the funeral service for the poet was held on August 10, 1921.

A commemorative ceremony will also take place at the Volkonskoye cemetery, where the poet was reburied in the Soviet times. Traditionally, Blok’s verses are recited there by museum workers, actors and men of letters on the day, and everyone can also recite.

Guests will be invited to the museum flat in the evening for a literature and music meeting, where Blok’s poetry will be heard again. 

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