How to apply for participation in concert projects

Dear Performers,
The Concert Department of the “De Boni Arte” Charitable Foundation invites you to apply to participate in our concert projects. Please find below the application rules.
The application for participation shall contain:
Name and surname of the performer(s) with his/her/their titles, positions, etc.
The performer’s curriculum vitae.
If you are cooperating with us for the first time, you will need to present audios and videos of your recent performances. Articles and reviews in the mass media and online, etc. are also welcome.
The concert programme with a title expressing the main idea of the concert and a brief presentation of the concept of the concert. The proposed title of the concert need not be final, and you may change it later in discussion with the Concert Department of the Foundation. The programme is the list of all the musical pieces of the concert in the exact order in which they will be performed. The programme should contain the composers’ names, surnames, years of birth and years of death and the exact title of the pieces in the original language with the indication of the opus or the catalogue number, if any.

A concert programme, except in rare cases, should contain at least some pieces of sacred music or compositions based on Bible topics or on other themes related to the Christian faith. The concept of the concert may be connected with the periods of the liturgical calendar or the feasts of the Roman Catholic Church and the Russian Orthodox Church.
Dear Foreign Performers, the subject of the concert can be related to important dates of your country (anniversaries of artists or cultural figures, national and religious feasts etc.).

At present we are accepting applications for the 2015-2016 concert season. They will be examined by the Artistic Council of the Foundation. The Artistic Council of the Foundation reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to decide upon your participation in the programme of the season and to offer you dates available for the concert.

You are welcome to send your application for participation to:

Marina Omelchenko,
Artistic Director

You are welcome to send your audios and videos registered on electronic media to the following address:

Russia, Moscow, 123557
27/13 Malaya Gruzinskaya Street
Roman Catholic Cathedral – De Boni Arte Charitable Foundation
+7 (499) 252-40-51

Thank you for your cooperation!

Sincerely yours,
Concert Department of the “De Boni Arte” Foundation

How to lay out a list of pieces
The name and the surname of the author should be written in the original language. A detailed title of the piece is presented in the original language the way it is registered in authoritative editions or catalogues. The opus number or catalogue number is given at the very end, after a comma. Indicating these numbers is highly desirable, especially for classical authors (for J.S. Bach and V.A. Mozart it is obligatory to indicate the respective number of BWV or KV).
Usually a title is registered in the following order: title / genre – instrument(s) – number – tonality – opus or/and catalogue number.
If you intend to perform an adapted piece originally composed for another cast of perfromers, you need to indicate the original title, and in the end, in parentheses, you need to specify for what instruments this arrangement was made and, if possible, by whom it was made.
If the piece consists of several parts, all of them must be listed under the title, as they are registered in authoritative editions; parts are enumerated in Roman numerals.
If you intend to perform only some parts of a multi-part composition, this has to be indicated in parentheses at the end of the title.
If your programme includes a piece with a false attribution (or mystification) you need to indicate the authentic author and the erroneous attribution in partntheses (attributed to N.N.).

The pieces should be enumerated in the exact order you intend to perform them.
The list should be typed without a numeration, in one and the same font style and size. For the author’s name, the title of the piece and the title of each part you should start a new line. It is desirable to separate pieces in the list by additional lines.
If necessary you may add a more detailed version of the list with the timing of the pieces and with eventual instructions regarding the concert.

The Main Feasts and Periods of the Ecclesiastical Calendar
The most important feasts in the major Christian Churches are Easter (Christ’s Resurrection) and Christmas.
The celebration of Easter and Christmas is not limited to a single day. In the Orthodox Church Easter lasts 39 days, and the first 7 days are celebrated in the most solemn way (Easter Week). In the Roman Catholic Church the Easter Time lasts 50 days, up to Pentecost (the Descend of the Holy Spirit), while the most solemn ceremonies take place in the first 8 days. Easter is always celebrated on Sunday. The date changes from year to year and may not coincide for Western and Eastern Christians. Indeed, in 2015 Western Christians will celebrate Easter on April 5, and Eastern Christians will celebrate in on April 12; in 2016 the respective dates are March 27 and May 1.
As for Christmas, it has a fixed date which depends on the calendar used by a given Church. Churches using the Gregorian calendar (new style), as the Roman Catholic Church, celebrate Christmas on December 25, while Churches using the Julian calendar (old style), as the Russian Orthodox Church, celebrate on January 7; de facto in both cases the feast starts on the eve. The Roman Catholic Church has the most solemn celebrations during the first 8 days, and Christmas time lasts till the feast of the Baptism of the Lord, i.e. till Sunday after January 6 (in some areas, according to an old tradition, some Christmas attributes are kept till the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, i.e. till February 2). As for the Russian Orthodox Church, the main celebrations take place during the first 7 days, but the Christmas period called Svyatki lasts for another week and is crowned with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 19).
Both in the East and in the West of the Christian world there is an old tradition to anticipate each of these most important feasts with a period of preparation. Orthodox Christians get ready for Christmas during a rather long Christmas fast (in the Russian Orthodox Church it starts on November 28). Western Christians anticipate Christmas with several weeks of Advent, a preparatory period which starts on Sunday closest to November 30.
Before Easter both Western and Eastern Christians keep Lent, a period of almost 7 weeks, when the believers are invited to repent, to pray and to do good deeds more intensively and to practice temperance.
It is now a good tradition of the “De Boni Arte” Foundation to organize concerts connected with the most important feasts and liturgical periods both of the Roman Catholic Church and of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Foundation encourages musicians to perform pieces composed for the liturgy of a given feast or related to it at the concerts of the respective liturgical period. It also recommends to include pieces semantically connected with the preparatory periods of the liturgical calendar in the programme of the concerts taking place during the respective periods. In fact during Advent the appropriate Church chants may be performed, but also pieces reflecting the history of the people of God waiting for the Saviour, based on the Old Testament or dedicated to the characters of the New Testament (the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist). During Lent, alongside with chants belonging to this liturgical period, pieces dedicated to Jesus Christ’s passion and death are well-timed, e.g. samples (in full or in fragments) of such genres as Passion, Stabat Mater, songs of the Dark matin (Tenebrae, Leçons des Ténèbres, Lamentatio Jeremiae, Threni). Besides it would be commendable not to perform purely entertaining pieces during Lent.
We should not include Easter and Christmas pieces in a programme of preparatory periods before the respective feast comes (furthermore, we should not perform Orthodox Easter and Christmas songs before the respective feast comes according to the calendar of the Russian Orthodox Church). On the other hand, we should not introduce Lent pieces into a concert of a festive period.