The Educational Bridge Project’s 18th festival opened at MIT’s renowned Saarinen Chapel (10/25) with Ludmilla Leibman’s lecture on “The Nature of Musical Language” accompanied by performances on the piano (Anton Faynberg) and the samchillian, an electronic instrument (Leon Gruenbaum, creator). The next day at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics, there opened a show of the drawings of well-known Russian artist Luba Kostenko. Later at the Harvard Club she lectured on her technique - a remarkable artist whose special interest is in illustrating musicians while they perform.
A new EBP initiative –the collaboration of children from two countries - resulted in one of the festival’s most exciting events, the production of “Brundibar,” a children’s opera which was originally performed 55 times in the Terezin concentration camp during WWII. American students from the Lincoln Elementary School in Brookline and Russian kids from the prestigious “Zazerkalie” Theatre in St. Petersburg, spent a week together rehearsing, performing, and sharing after-school activities. The opera was performed at the Lincoln School (10/27 and 10/28) and at Boston University (10/29).
The middle part of the festival calendar was filled with a series of “Concerts with Historic Commentaries.” These were presentations of musical events dedicated to commemorating the tragedy of the Holocaust: Jennifer Thomas presented “Different Trains,” a creative work of the American composer Steve Reich at Boston University and Brookline High School (10/28); “Bridge to America,” a panel discussion by survivors of the fascist oppression of WWII with musical accompaniment (10/29); a reflection on her family experiences under the Nazis by Rosalie Gerut called “We Are Here” (11/4); original music by Boston composers Matti Kovler and Ruth Lomon (11/3), and a deeply moving presentation at the Goethe Institute of Boston by the German Consul General Friedrich L. Loehr and the talented Moscow pianist, Jacob Katsnelson, of the music of Viktor Ullmann, victim of the Holocaust (11/1). Jacob also performed a program of Rameau, Janachek and Chopin, at Harvard University’s Lowell House (10/31) and in the intimate setting of the home of Dr John Silber, Boston University President Emeritus (10/29).
A group of Russian librarians from St. Petersburg came to Boston for a second time to study the ways in which American education prepares librarians to work with elementary students. They toured the campuses of Tufts University (11/5), Boston College (11/7) spent a day in discussion with students and teachers at Simmons College known for its outstanding Libraries and Information Science Program (11/8) and then visited Brookline High School and Park School in Brookline, a private school offering perhaps the best training in library science for young students.
Two other special offerings of the Educational Bridge Project’s 18th festival were several lectures at Boston University and local community centers on the “Beatles” and “Jazz in Russia” by Professor Zina Kartasheva of the Moscow University of Arts and Culture, and the opening at Boston University’s Mugar Library of a unique exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of prima ballerina Galina Ulanova. This exhibit was put together by the former Russian dancer, Tamara Bogdanova, now living in Boston, who had danced with the world renowned Ulanova in the 1940’s.
Sunday, October 24
7:30-8:30 p.m. Do You Speak … Music? Conversation on the nature of musical language by Ludmilla Leibman with musical performances by Anton Faynberg (piano) and Leon Gruenbaum (samchillian). MIT Chapel, Building W15, 44 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Monday, October 25
4-6 p.m. Opening night of an exhibition of works by renowned artist Luba Kostenko (St. Petersburg-Amsterdam). Organized by Professor Earle Lomon, Saskia Ozols Eubanks, and Ivan Eubanks, with the assistance of Misha Lenn. MIT Center for Theoretical Physics, 77 Massachussetts Avenue, Building 6, Third Floor, Cambridge.
Tuesday, October 26
6-8 p.m. Meet Luba Kostenko: Introduction by Saskia Ozols Eubanks, followed by artist's presentation, slide show, and reception. (By invitation) Harvard Club of Boston, Aesculapean Room. 374 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
Wednesday, October 27
7 p.m. Collaborative Russian-American performance of Hans Krasa's children's opera Brundibar at the Lincoln School, Brookline. Introduction: Samantha Gelfon. Russian performers: Children's Studio of the St. Petersburg Musical Theater, "Zazerkalie"
Thursday, October 28
8-9 a.m. Presentation by Jennifer Thomas on Steve Reich's Different Trains for the students of Brookline High School. 115 Greenough St., Brookline
11 a.m.-12:30p.m. Presentation by Jennifer Thomas on Steve Reich's Different Trains for the Boston University community. Kenmore Class Building, Room 107. 565 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
5:30-7:30 p.m. Bridge to America: Oral Vignettes from Children of World War II. Panel discussion featuring Dana Mazurkevich, Tamara Bogdanova, Rosian Zerner, and Rabbi Joseph Polak. Songs of the war era performed by the enslemble Lucky Ten (Alexander Prokhorov-director), and musical composition, Wiegala, by Julia Carey. Reception to follow. Boston University, Mugar Library. 771 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
7 p.m. Collaborative Russian-American performance of Hans Krasa's children's opera Brundibar at the Lincoln School, Brookline. Introduction: Samantha Gelfon
Friday, October 29
11:15 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Brundibar-at Brookline High School, for Carolyn Castellano's class “Writing Music on the Computer”. 115 Greenough St., Brookline.
4-5 p.m. Brundibar-at the Boston University Humphrey Fellowship Program. 704 Commonwealth Ave.
7 p.m. Musical evening at Dr. John Silber, Boston University President Emeritus house. Piano recital by Jacob Katznelson with Luba Kostenko drawing during the performance. (By invitation)
Sunday, October 31
3 -5 p.m. Piano recital by Jacob Katsnelson, tour of the Bell Tower, reception. Concert program includes Rameau, Prokofiev, Janachek, and Chopin. Harvard University Lowell House. 10 Holyoke Pl. Camridge.
Monday, November 1
7:30-9 p.m. Concert with Historic Commentaries: Ullmann-Rilke, Die Weise von Liebe und Tod, narrator Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Friedrich L. Lohr (Boston), pianist Jacob Katsnelson (Moscow). Introduction Ludmilla Leibman. Reception to follow the event. Goethe Institut of Boston, 170 Beacon Street.
Wednesday, November 3
7-9 p.m. Boston University Castle. Concert with Historic Commentaries: music by Matti Kovler and Ruth Lomon
Ruth Lomon's compositions:
1. The Sunflower Variations, for Piano
2. Mes Yuex and Love Poems, for Soprano, Cello and Piano
Matti Kovler's compositions:
1. La Testa di Santa Caterina for Soprano, Clarinet, Cello and Vibraphone
2. Songs for Soprano and Piano
3. Shoresh Nishmat, Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano
Thursday, November 4
6-7:30 p.m. Library of the Elie Wiesel Center for Judaic Studies, 147 Bay State Road. We Are Here, discussions and songs. Rosalie Gerut, voice and guitar
Friday, November 5
St. Petersburg librarians at the Park School, Brookline: observations, discussions, presentations
Monday, November 8
9:30-11 a.m. St. Petersburg Librarians at Simmons College: Round table with faculty members Amy Pattee and Melanie Kimball, specialists in children's collections, Shelley Quezada, specialist in international librarianship, and Linda Watkins, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science's Librarian at the Beatley Library
11 a.m.-12 noon Beatley Library tour with Linda Watkins
Tuesday, November 9
9:30 -11:10 a.m. Librarians meet with Lynn Cohen, the Brookline High School's (BHS) head librarian
Professor Zinaida Kartasheva gives a talk, "Beatles in Russia," at the School of Hospitality Administration, Boston University, 928 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 110
2 -3 p.m. Librarians and Zinaida Kartasheva tour the Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA
Wednesday, November 10
8:20-9:10 a.m. Professor Zinaida Kartasheva at Brookline High School, meeting with Carolyn Castellano, Band Director, and attends a rehearsal of the school's Jazz Band
2-5 p.m. St. Petersburg Librarians at the Tufts University Tisch Library (with Chris Strauber, Humanities Reference Librarian) and Russian House (Nancy Petrov). Organized by Professor Susan Russinoff
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