Classical music is performed in the best concert halls of the world, in which the entrance ticket can cost a fortune. However, with due skill it is always possible to visit a wonderful concert for free or for a nominal fee.
In St. Petersburg, an accessible classic lives in selected cultural institutions, architectural monuments and ancient churches. Everyone can enjoy the enchanting sound of legendary works in a democratic atmosphere.
Mariinskii Opera House
The "Open Environment" project at the Mariinsky Theater allows everyone who wants to enjoy works of different eras once a week from Baroque to Shostakovich and Bartok. Before the guests of the Mariinsky-2 musicians of one of the best theaters of the country, invited instrumentalists and young talents perform. The entrance to Stravinsky's Foyer on Wednesdays is free for everyone, but do not forget that the chamber hall with a view of the Kryukov Canal is limited to 170 places.
Decembrists Street , 34a
St. Petersburg Philharmonic named after Shostakovich
If you have a ticket to one of the concerts in the Bolshoy Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in the current month, welcome to the Beethoven foyer. Here on Saturdays and Sundays there are free concerts in which young philharmonic musicians take their hearts off and present to the audience their favorite chamber repertoire. Performing music of different times, as a rule, is accompanied by interesting stories about the proposed works.
Mikhaylovskaya Street, 2
Malyy Hall of the Conservatory of St. Petersburg
The Concert Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, intended for chamber subscription and educational concerts, as well as competitive auditions with free entrance, is located in its new building - at 2 Glinka Street. Excellent acoustics, a picturesque view of the Moika embankment and the Potseluev Bridge, 130 listening places and two concert grand pianos allow you to continue active concert activity while the historical building of the conservatory is under restoration.
Glinka Street, 2
Central Library Lermontov
Some libraries in St. Petersburg offer not only a huge selection of books, but also concert programs with free entrance. For example, in the Central Library Lermontov can listen to famous Russian romances, classics in arrangement for saxophone, vocal compositions of Russian and foreign composers performed by students of various universities, and also to find concerts combined with fascinating lectures.
Liteiny Ave., 19
The State Museum-Reserve "Pavlovsk"
Of course, for the entrance to the Pavlovsky Dvorets or the park you have to pay, but if you guess the day to visit, then together with the opportunity to assess the atmospheric monument of the palace and park art and stroll through the summer residence of Emperor Paul I receive a concert of vocal or instrumental classics. Musical events in Pavlovsk are held in the Round Hall or in the concert hall of the palace. You just have to ask for a free ticket at the ticket office at the entrance.
Sadovaya Street, house 20
Church of St. Mary
The Lutheran church on the Kazan island is known not only for its impressive architectural appearance in the style of classicism (the work of Gottlieb Christian Paulsen at the beginning of the 19th century), but also by regular musical divine services. On Saturdays and Sundays, concerts of classical music for organ, sacred music performed by string and wind ensembles, Russian and foreign choirs are organized in St. Mary's Church. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Bolshaya Konyushennaya Street, 8-A
Church of St. Catherine
The history of the community, whose members are members of the church of St. Catherine, dates back to 1728, and the building of architect Yuri Felten, which pleases the passers-by of Bolshoy Prospekt on Vasilievsky Island, opened in 1771. In the historical entourage, the organ compositions of Bach and Buxtehude sound admirable. Concerts are held on Wednesdays and Sundays, donations are collected at the entrance.
Bolshoy Prospect Vasilievsky Island, 1
Orthodox church of St. Anne
In the Soviet era, the building of the Lutheran Church of St. Anne was given to a cinema, and in 2002 the temple survived a fire. The revived church serves as a platform for many art events, and regular concerts are an important part of Annenkirk's cultural program. In the repertoire you can find baroque classics, Russian romances, works of the Romantic era in variations for harp, guitar, flutes and other instruments. Donations are made to restore the historic building.
Kirochnaya Street , 8B
Cathedral of St. Michael
The pseudo-gothic church crowned with a pointed tent with a facade designed by the architect Rudolf Bernhard is adorned by the Vasilievsky Island since 1876. The basis of the concert program of the cathedral is the spiritual works of European composers of the Baroque and Romantic epochs. Lovers of old music will appreciate not only the skill of performance, but the peaceful atmosphere and the majestic sound of the organ by candlelight.
The middle avenue of Vasilievsky Island, 18-B
Temples and concert halls of St. Petersburg, where you can listen to the organ
The organ is rightfully considered to be the most perfect musical instrument available today. One of its kind inspires awe even among those who are far from the world of music: the majestic case of the instrument sometimes resembles a fantastic castle, and many constructive elements unite into the miracle of engineering thought. In our review, read about the history of St. Petersburg organs and about where you can hear their magic sounds.