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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Lords of The Faeries

A couple of years ago, people dressed in cloaks and armed with swords were not a rare sight on Moscow streets. These were Tolkien's ardent fans trying to recreate the world of elves and Hobbits.

In March 1997 the elves got to Anton Brezhestovsky too. He began composing what he describes as "faerie music." The Baroque-influenced classical sound of his group Caprice mixes well with the poems from "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings," while the high-pitched tones of Inna Brezhestovskaya, Anton's wife, give the music something of a supernatural quality. The choice of instruments (violin, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, harp and bassoon) was also influenced by fairy tales.

Some members of the band really do seem to believe in elves, although they sensibly keep quiet about it.

"We don't read Tolkien to our kids, and if they ever find out about elves, they will be only fairy tale characters for them," says Brezhestovsky.

Caprice performs Saturday at 7 p.m. at Zdes i Seichas, 18 Yuzhnoportovaya Ulitsa. Tel. 279-4787. Metro: Kozhukhovskaya.

- Anna Andreeva