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A Postcard from St. Petersburg

“A Postcard from St. Petersburg” Symposium on Russian Music & Culture was sponsored by Russian Studies in collaboration with the School of Music in an effort of promoting greater interest and awareness within the students and the DePauw community of the wealth of Russian culture and music. The two-day symposium gave ample opportunity for the students to get involved and for the community to observe and enjoy.

The first event (Sunday October 9, 2012) comprised of a guest lecture by Dr. Inna Naroditskaya, Associate Professor of Musicology at the Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University on "Bewitching Russian Opera" followed by a reception of authentic Russian appetizers and baklava for desert, prepared by student chefs from Russian Studies and the Fulbright Scholar, Olga Sarkisyan.

The Student Recital in Thompson Recital Hall (Monday, October 10, 2012) featured vocalists and instrumentalists from the School of Music. The program represented a wide variety of works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and Mussorgsky. Russian Studies students supplemented the musical highlights with presentations on Russian music and culture. The performance was topped off by a scene from The Marriage Proposal by Anton Chekhov, directed by Dr. Timothy Good.  After the performance the audience was again invited to share their experience with the performers and presenters in a conversation over a cup of Russian tea and authentic Russian honey-cake freshly baked by Dr. Masha Belyavski-Frank.

Thanks to all the members of the Russian Studies Committee in especially to Dr. Masha Belyavski-Frank and Dr. Valentin Lanzrein for their relentless efforts in organizing this symposium.  Thanks also to the faculty of the School of Music and the Department of Communications who prepared their students for the recital.