Life is measured by moments of happiness!

October 25, 2006 - by Natalia

I browsed casually through advertisements on a website, being curious about what is happening in Shanghai on that weekend and suddenly, among a bunch of unfamiliar names and clubs, a Russian household name caught my eye:

Vladimir Spivakov, together with the Moscow Virtuosi, will present masterpieces by Shnitke and Bach. 7.30pm. Shanghai Concert Hall.... Tickets 100-680.

All Russians are familiar with this name ¨C Vladimir Spivakov, the famous violinist and conductor. He is our pride, our genius and our culture. Tickets to his concerts are hard to get in Russia as his orchestra is on tour abroad most of the time. So it was to my surprise that here in Shanghai I could actually get tickets without the usual hassle even though only one single concert was staged, where Spivakov played the role of both a conductor and soloist.

Half of the hall was occupied by ˇ°luckyˇ± Russians. Women all dressed up with evening gowns, the smell of perfume, dim lights, magical music, a gray-haired man with a baton in hand and 20 musicians in front of him, his scholars, his virtuosos!

I arrived in Shanghai one month ago. A lot of things happen to me everyday, things that surprise me, shock me, please me and make me feel both happy and lonely in this great city. My mind is always preoccupied with everyday's problems that my new life in Shanghai presents. But when I was sitting in that concert hall listening to the music, out of the blue I came to comprehend what Maestro Spivakov meant as he once said: "Life is measured not by years but moments of happiness". That evening, that music, my new life in China, new expectations and hopesˇ­those were the moments my life would be measured by.

2 Comment

  • 1. Michael  |  October 25, 2006, 3:53 pm

    nice girl, nice artist and nice life in China. Welcome to China

  • 2. Free Willy  |  October 25, 2006, 8:20 pm

    Interesting ... took any pictures of Vladimir Spivakov? BTW, tell us more about Russia, looking forward to hear more from such a lovely professional gorgeous girl like you :-)

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