Wednesday 20 May at 7.30pm
Cadogan Hall, Sloane Terrace,
London SW1X 9DQ
Close to Sloane Square tube station
tickets: 020 7730 4500Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra
Performing two major choral works, conducted by Jacek Kaspzyk.
szymanowski Stabat Mater
Beethoven Symphony no.9 (Choral)
Saturday 23 May at 7.30pm
The Dome Concert Hall, Brighton
tickets: 01273 709709Brighton Festival Chorus and the Hallé OrchestraJanáček
Suite from the Cunning Little Vixen
ShostakovitchConcerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings, op.35
Benjamin Grosvenor (piano), Gareth Small (trumpet)
Home and Abroad: Russian Perspectives
Professor Roger Cockrell (University of Exeter)
A fortnightly course for Lewes U3A, starting on Tuesday 14 October, 10 am to midday,
continuing for ten weeks until March.
Lewes Town Hall Lecture Room
“My compatriots and I carry our country about with us”
(composer Sergei Prokofiev, speaking during his period of exile).
What does the word ‘home’ mean for Russians? The aim of this course will be to explore the question as reflected in the works of Russian writers in their historical and political context. No knowledge of Russian will be required – all will be discussed in English translation. The course will run for ten weeks over two terms.
|What does the word ‘home’ mean for Russians? How do they view and respond to the outside world? To what extent are they prepared to assimilate the presence of the ‘other’ within their own country? How far is the concept of ‘Russianness’ compatible with the country’s imperial history and territorial expansion? How successful were the Bolsheviks in maintaining a balance between the Soviet ideal and Russian ethnic concerns? The aim of this course will be to explore these and other questions as reflected in the works of Russian writers from the earliest times to the present, set within their historical and political context. All literary works will be discussed in English translation; no knowledge of Russian will be required.
Specific topics will include:
‘The Ukrainian Heritage’; ‘Home, Sweet Home’; ‘Go East Young Man’; ‘The Wicked West’; ‘Imperial Ambitions’; ‘The Lure of the Mountains’; ‘The Napoleonic Wars’; ‘Cross-Border Collaborations’; ‘The Soviet Experiment’; ‘Exile: Punishment or Release?’.Works to be discussed will include:
The Song of Igor’s Campaign; Alexander Pushkin, The Fountain of Bakhchisarai, The Gypsies; Mikhail Lermontov, A Hero of Our Time; Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Idiot, The Devils/The Possessed; Leo Tolstoy, The Cossacks, War and Peace, The Prisoner of the Caucasus, Hadji Murat; Anton Chekhov, Journey to Sakhalin, The Duel, The Lady With the Little Dog; Yevgeny Zamyatin, Islanders; Mikhail Bulgakov, The White Guard; Vladimir Nabokov, The Gift.
A few suggestions for further reading:
Looking a long way forward, the Vakhtangov Theatre production of Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin has been sold out for over a year in Moscow, but comes this February to the Barbican in London.
Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 February 2015
at 7 pm
The Barbican, Silk Street, London
tickets: 0845 120 7596
or book on-lineVakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia
performed in Russian with English surtitles
This is the first-ever theatrical adaptation of Pushkin’s verse-novel. The highly stylised, quintessentially Russian production with a 45-strong ensemble, including the formidable Russian actresses Galina Konovalova and Yulia Borisova, received the 2014 Golden Mask Award for Rimas Tuminas as Best Director.
Holding true to the essence of the beloved literary work, Pushkin’s world is realised through magnificent visual imagery, exquisite movement and larger-than-life characterisation. Russian and French folk songs, in combination with the music of Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Offenbach, serve to enhance an underlying mood of melancholy, lightened by moments of playfulness and wit.