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On the day of the opening of its new season, Vneshtorgbank makes a donation to the Mariinsky Theatre

11 October 2004
On the day of the opening of the Mariinsky Theatre`s (in St. Petersburg) 222nd season an opening ceremony was held for the unveiling of a memorial to the Empress Maria Alexandrovna.The marble bust which stands in the theatre`s foyer was commissioned with the financial support from Vneshtorgbank and is an exact copy of the work by Prosper d`Epine, which can be found in the Pavlovsk museum-reserve.

The Empress Maria Alexandrovna (1824-1880) led active charitable work, was a patroness for women`s education, and organised the Russian Red Cross. 145 years ago her name was bestowed on the theatre by Royal Decree from Emperor Alexander II.

In the words of the President-Chairman of the Board of Vneshtorgbank, Andrey Kostin - "the theatre and Vneshtorgbank are bound by a longstanding partnership and friendly relations. We traditionally work together on major projects of the Mariinsky theatre. Vneshtorgbank is the sponsor of the Mariinsky Ballet Festival, and also the annual Stars of the White Nights Festival. Also we help young performers, and promote the growth of professional artistry and continuation of the theatre`s artistic school."

In his turn the artistic head - the Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gegriev, mentioned: "We gratefully accept the support which Vneshtorgbank provides to our programmes for the continuation of the series of seasons.

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