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Thalia Book Club Camp offers up-close interaction with renowned children's book authors and illustrators, book discussions, and book-related field trips around the city. This blog follows the camp's activities.

Stories from Behind the Wall: Sergei Slonimsky

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Published on April 27, 2010

I first met Sergei Slonimsky last August during my cultural research fellowship in St. Petersburg supported by the Likhachev Foundation. If his name sounds familiar, he is the nephew of the “Lexicon of Musical Invective” Nicholas Slonimsky. How perfect that the Likhachev offered these fellowships just as I was beginning to plan for the 2010 […]

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The final days of my cultural trip to Russia

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Published on September 3, 2009

Monday the 31st of August was, finally, a quieter day, with but two formal meetings, the first with Boris Filanovsky, a mid-career composer and leader in Pro Arte; he is also the center of a group of composers who go by STRESS (Structural Resistance Group), whose mission is, as Boris put it, “to overcome stereotypes […]

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I Played Rimsky Korsakoff’s Piano!

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Published on August 31, 2009

The time here is flying by as every day is full of activities, people, and sights. A group of the fellows went to the Theater and Music Museums with Anna Shulgat serving as our excellent guide. A native of St. Petersburg, she recently completed a graduate degree at SUNY Stony Brook in dramatic arts, and […]

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An Update from St. Petersburg

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Published on August 26, 2009

  Mariinsky Theatre An incredible day. Early morning swim and sauna followed by another sumptuous breakfast with my colleagues, then a walk through town, past the Mariinsky Theater to the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory of Music where I met with four composers who presented their work in a master class-workshop setting; I heard four distinct styles of […]

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Exploring Music in St. Petersburg

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Published on August 25, 2009

After arriving in St. Petersburg yesterday afternoon, after connecting through Helsinki, with its clean, modern airport, I am beginning to see the glories of St. Petersburg. The city, like Venice and Amsterdam, is a city of canals and bridges, and its architectural diversity–reflecting many centuries of urban development and a mix of cultures–is truly spectacular, […]

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