Magazine article Russian Life

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Magazine article Russian Life

Event Listings

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EAST COAST

NEW YORK

The Seagull

Trevor Nunn directs the first of Anton Chekhov's four major plays. The Seagull is widely considered to be the first major triumph of the Moscow Art Theater. Sir Ian McKellen plays Sorin in select performances. Dates: 9/7/2007 to 9/29/2007, BAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn NY (718-636-4100). bam.org

Russia Imagined 1825-1925: The Art and Impact of Fedor Solntsev

The prodigious career of Fedor Solntsev (1801-1892), the first Russian artist to record, preserve, and refashion the physical remains of medieval Russian culture in a strikingly modern way is the subject of an exhibition at The New York Public Library. Solntsev's meticulous drawings of regalia, icons, and armor; watercolor portraits of the peoples of European Russia; restoration of historic monuments; and design experiments in an "Old Russian" style all expressed an emerging sense of national identity for the burgeoning and ethnically diverse Russian Empire. His extraordinary career left an indelible mark on the image and perception of Russia in the modern era. The Library will also present a series of related public programs. Admission is free. Dates: 3/2/2007 to 6/16/2007, New York Public Library, New York NY (212-592-7730). Tickets: Free.

nypl.org

NEW JERSEY

Zimmerli Art Museum

The Zimmerli draws on its extensive holdings in the Dodge Collection to present a number of Russian and Baltic-related exhibits this season. These include: The Heritage of the Russian Avant-Garde: Vladimir Sterligov and His School: More than fifty works of a group of abstract painters that worked in Leningrad from 1960-1990. More than any other group, their art demonstrates the self-conscious continuity of early twentieth-century Russian avant-garde practices in nonconformist art of the post-World War II Soviet Union. Dates: 04/07/07 to 10/14/07. Printmaking in the Baltics: Under Soviet rule, authorities mainly concentrated on censoring two art forms to ensure that creative work adhered to dictated norms: painting and the written novel. During the Cold War, graphic artists in the Baltics thus enjoyed a degree of creative freedom. Dates: 04/07/07 to 07/29/07, Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick NJ (732-932-7237), Tickets: $3.

zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

MIDWEST

IOWA

International Annual Russian Guitar Seminar and Festival

The only international event in the world solely dedicated to the revival and advancement of the Russian seven-string guitar, a unique instrument popular in Russia since the late 1790s. IARGUS 2007 will feature the soloist Vladimir Markushevich (Moscow), the Russian-Gypsy ensemble Zingaresca (Vadim Kolpakov and Oleg Timofeyev), The Czar's Guitars (John Schneiderman and Oleg Timofeyev), and the Russian Guitar Quartet (Yuliya Lonskaya, Dimitri Illarionov, Nadja Borislova, Oleg Timofeyev) Dates: 5/30/07-6/4/07. Iowa City, IA Cost: $350 ($250 for registered college and highschool students)

russianguitar.net

Festival of Russian Music/Festival Concert

Festival of Russian Music, 29th Annual Convention of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America will be held July 8-15 in Decorah, IA. Well-known guest artists in residence for a week of workshops on instrumental and vocal folk music. …

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