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5 November 2019

Sounds of the Russian National Anthem and Iconic Farewell of Slavianka Filled in the Algiers Opera and Ballet Theater

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The Central Military Band of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, permanent participant and true showstopper of the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival, paid an official visit to the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria following the countries’ international military cooperation.

Led by military conductor Colonel Konstantin Petrovich, the leading artistic team of the Russian Armed Forces, visited several Algerian cities, staging concerts in Algiers, Oran and Constantine. Prominent Russian musicians vowed the audiences not only with popular Russian compositions but with Algerian national pieces as well. Thus, they performed national anthems of Russia and Algeria, Blanter’s world-famous Katusha, Knipper’s Cavaliers of the Step, Agapkin’s Farewell of Slavianka as well as several popular patriotic songs of the Algerian War of Independence featuring Min Djibalina, Djazairana, Ya Chahid Elwatan and many others.

The Central Military Band performed together with the Band and Choir of the National Guard Force of the Democratic People’s Republic of Algeria under the command of the Warrant Officer Hamarda Abdelrahman.

Colonel Konstantin Petrovich and his Algerian counterpart took turns conducting the combined Russian-Algerian band. It’s worth noting that while performing Algerian compositions musicians experienced the command of the Russian conductor and vice versa.

The Central Military Band gave start to their tour in Algiers, the capital of the republic. They staged their first concert onstage of the Algiers Opera and Ballet Theater that was attended by the Algerian Minister of Defense, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russia to Algeria, as well as embassies and defense wings’ representatives accredited in the country with families.