U-M launches St. Petersburg tricentennial celebration
ANN ARBOR, Mich-"Celebrating St. Petersburg: 300 Years of
Cultural Brilliance" is a unique festival at the University
of Michigan that will mark the tricentennial of this most splendid
and cosmopolitan of Russia's cities. From March through December,
the celebration will showcase an exclusive exhibition of art from
the State Hermitage Museum, Russian cultural performances, public
lectures and educational opportunities.
Launch event: Projecting Petersburg
The celebration kicks off March 8 with an international symposium,
"Projecting Petersburg," that will bring together Valery
Gergiev, the artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, architect
Eric Owen Moss and additional scholars and architects, for a daylong
examination of bold plans to employ architecture as a catalyst to
revive the city's historic center.
The symposium will occur 1-5 pm Saturday, March 8, in Hale Auditorium
of the U-M Business School, 701 Tappan, Ann Arbor.
The Romanovs Collect: European Art from the Hermitage
"The Romanovs Collect: European Art from the Hermitage,"
an exhibition of 140 exceptional works of fine and decorative arts
from the collections of the world-famous State Hermitage Museum,
will be presented by the University of Michigan Museum of Art Sept.
21- Nov. 23. Ann Arbor will be the exclusive venue for the exhibition.
The works have been selected to provide an unprecedented window
into the world of the Romanov tsars and their passion for collecting
all things European. An opulent array of 18th- and 19th-century
French paintings, Dutch drawings, furniture, Meissen and Sèvres
porcelains, Aubusson tapestries and much more traces the evolution
of taste and collecting by the Romanov dynasty from Peter the Great
to its violent end in 1917.
Tickets for the exhibition go on sale July 1.
The exhibition is made possible by Ford Motor Co., which marks its
Centennial in 2003.
Performing Arts: University Musical Society
An entire series of music, dance and theater drawing on the rich
legacy of the performing arts of St. Petersburg will be presented
throughout the festival by the University Musical Society. Featured
performances include the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre,
Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, Pushkin's "Boris
Godunov," violinist Vadim Repin, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet,
the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Choir and the St. Petersburg
Tickets for the UMS St. Petersburg series will go on sale later
Scholarly and public education programs
The U-M's Center for Russian and East European Studies has
assembled an array of opportunities to explore the cultural and
political history of Russia. Among the events will be a second major
public symposium, "From the Mariinsky to Manhattan: George
Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance."
In addition, University students will have an opportunity to participate
in a College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Theme Semester
with numerous courses on St. Petersburg and Russian art, history,
film, literature and politics. The University Library will draw
on its collections to present "St. Petersburg: Window on the
West/Window on the East," an exhibit in the Special Collections
Library. The Department of Theatre and Drama in the U-M School of
Music will present Ostrovsky's "The Diary of a Scoundrel"
and Nagle Jackson's "The Quick Change Room." The
Dance Department will feature choreography to music by St. Petersburg
composers during its annual Power Center concert.
For a complete event listing for Celebrating St. Petersburg: 300
Years of Cultural Brilliance, visit http://www.umich.edu/news/Releases/2003/Mar03/stpcal.html.
The Celebrating St. Petersburg Festival is made possible in part
by the University of Michigan's office of the provost and
office of the vice president for communications.
Links: U-M Theatre and Drama http://www.theatre.music.umich.edu/uprod/uprod.html
U-M Museum of Art http://www.umich.edu/~umma/
University Library's Special Collections http://www.lib.umich.edu/spec-coll/
University Musical Society http://www.ums.org/
Contact: Joanne Nesbit
Phone: (734) 647-4418