The Festival of Religious Music will begin at the Moscow Church of the “Joy to All the Afflicted” icon of the Mother of God on 14 October, the feast day of the Intercession of the Mother of God. The opening is timed to coincide with the feast that enjoys a special esteem in Russia and with the commemoration day of St. Romanos the Melodus, a patron of singers and of the art of religious music.
On Saturday, September 25th / October 8th 2011, two large groups of pilgrims from Serbia one with eighty members and another with forty members constituting the Church Choir Branko of Nis in Serbia and a forty-member group from Thessaloniki visited the Patriarchate.
The annual Choral festival of the Serbian Singing Federation of America, US and Canada, has been traditionally held over Memorial Day weekend for the past 80 years.
The 4th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music concluded on Friday, 10 June 2011 here, at the School of Theology, University of Eastern Finland. The conference, hosted by the International Society for Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM), featured participants from twenty different countries presenting papers on a variety of topics related to the conference's overall theme of "Unity and Variety in Orthodox Music: Theory and Practice."
The concert of the State Symphony Orchestra "New Russia" and violinist Alena Bayeva, will be held on June 14, in the Great Hall of the Sava Center in Belgrade, on the occasion of marking the Day of Russia. The orchestra, led by the conducter Yuriy Bashmet, will perform Fantasy-Overture - Romeo and Juliet by Chaikovsky, Suite from the ballet Romeo and Juliette by Prokofyev, Concert for violine and orchestra and the Solemn uverture by Shostakovich.