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Festival ”[M]other Russia: Evolution or Revolution“ in London

Under the motto "(M)other Russia: Evolution or Revolution," the Centre for Russian Music residing at London's Goldsmiths College is organising a Festival which is intended to reflect the development of Russian music during the two decades since the collapse of Communism. It will be held from 26 to 29 April 2012 in cooperation with the Institute of Musical Research of the University of London and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The central components of the Festival are the Arvo Pärt Day on 28 April 2012 organised by the BBC at the Barbican in London, as well as a symposium attended by composers and musicologists from the USA, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Russia. The overall administration of the Festival is in the hands of the Director of the London Centre for Russian Music, Prof. Alexander Ivashkin.

Works by Elena Firsova, Vladimir Tarnopolski, Alexander Raskatov and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky will be performed at numerous concerts. Prior to the final concert, at which Alexander Ivashkin and the Goldsmiths Chamber Choir will perform Sofia Gubaidulina's "Song of the Sun" for violoncello, chamber choir and percussion, Alexander Raskatov will speak about his oeuvre with special consideration for his much-acclaimed and highly successful opera "A Dog's Heart," premiered in June 2010 at the Dutch Opera in Amsterdam. The Festival will conclude with a podium discussion of the most important composers of the post-Soviet era: Elena Firsova, Dmitri Smirnov, Alexander Raskatov, Vladimir Tarnopolski and Faradzh Karaev.

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