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International Weinberg Conference in Moscow, 16 to 19 February 2017

Interest in the composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg is now apparently on the upswing in Russia as well, especially in view of his centenary which the musical world will be celebrating in 2019. On the occasion of the Russian premiere (on 12 February 2017) of the Weinberg opera 'The Idiot' (original version) at the Bolshoi Theatre, the musicologists and music journalists Andrei Ustinov, Alexander Laskowski and Ekaterina Klyutchnikova have announced an International Weinberg Conference to be held from 16 to 19 February 2017 in the rooms of the Bolshoi Theatre and the Russian State Art Historical Institute. 

The organisers of the conference, sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Culture, are the Bolshoi Theatre, the Yekaterinenburg Opera and Ballet Theatre, the Russian State Art Historical Institute, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw and the Russian music journal 'Musykalnoye obosreniye'. To begin with, participants will attend a performance of the opera 'The Idiot' on the first day of the conference; two days later, they will also have the opportunity to see the second great Weinberg opera 'The Passenger', a production of the Yekaterinenburg Opera and Ballet Theatre which will present a guest performance on 18 and 19 February at the Bolshoi Theatre. 

The conference directors are now calling for international Weinberg researchers and specialists to take part at the conference by delivering lectures. The texts will subsequently be printed in a symposium volume. It is hoped that these activities will result in further enrichment of scholarly literature on Weinberg in the Russian language and of Weinberg research as a whole.


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