The Olympic Opening Ceremony to the Sochi Winter Olympics will take place on Feb. 7 commencing at 8:14 p.m., or 20:14. The event is going to be extravagant with over 1,000 people expected to take part. Indeed, a chorus made up of over one thousand Russian children is expected to perform as part of the event. Russia will no doubt be trying to outdo the extravagance of China's 2008 ceremony, which was one of the largest and most exciting ever.
Renowned Russian performers will take part in the Opening Ceremony to Sochi 2014. According to the Telegraph, viola player Yuri Bashmet and conductor Valery Gergiev, will appear. Meanwhile, the Moscow Times reports that award winning Russian pianist Denis Matsuev will also be a part of the performance: "I won't reveal any secrets, but I'll be taking part both creatively and as a fan. Because of that I've specially moved all my concerts. From the opening to the closing, I'll be at the Olympics."
NBC will be providing coverage of the event. The Olympic Opening Ceremony will be hosted by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira on Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. ET. However, for those of you hoping to live stream the event, unfortunately NBC will not be offering online coverage. “We want to put context to it, with the full pageantry it deserves,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group. NBC will, however, be providing a live stream of various events throughout the games