On 31 May 2021, the last concert of the VI musical festival "Ambassadorial Gifts" timed to the exhibition "Decline of the Dynasty: The Last Rurikids and the False Dmitry" took place at the Moscow Kremlin Museums. The festival included three concerts, revealing the subject of the Time of Troubles through secular, spiritual and instrumental music from the 16th-17th centuries. The premiere of the cantata "The Time of Troubles" became the final chord of the program.
The opening concert "Dmitry's name has come back..." was dedicated to secular and spiritual European music of the 17th century. The guests were treated to a performance by Russia's first costumed ensemble of Renaissance and Baroque instruments, Alta Capella, conducted by Ivan Velikanov. A concert of Russian sacred music of the turn of the 16th-17th centuries performed by the Sirin ensemble at the Patriarch’s Palace proceeded the festival, while the Novoselie musical project closed the "Ambassadorial Gifts".
"The motto of our festival this year is the words of A.S. Pushkin, "There was that troubled time" and it is for a reason, as it is timed to coincide with the exhibition "Decline of the Dynasty: The Last Rurikids and the False Dmitry". The first two concerts took the audience into medieval Europe and immersed them into Russian spiritual music. The festival ends with the premiere of the cantata for four voices and four violas, which Rust Pozyumsky wrote specifically for our project", said Elena Milovzorova, head of the Publishing and Special Programs Department of the Moscow Kremlin Museums.
This year festival "Ambassadorial Gifts" became possible thanks to the support of "Pepeliaev Group" company – a member of the Friends of the Moscow Kremlin Museums’ Society. The company supports the Museums' publishing projects as well.