Richard Cornell (Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Boston University) served as Chairman of the Jury of the Young Composers' Competition at the International Children's Music Festival in St. Petersburg and presented a paper on Composing in the Electronic Music Studio at the Composers' Union.
Music of Bruce MacCombie (Dean of the School for the Arts at Boston University) and Julian Wachner (Boston University Organist and Choirmaster) was performed in St. Petersburg on two occasions: on May 16, 1999 at the Glazunov Concert Hall of the Conservatory as part of the Festival The Days of American Music at the St. Petersburg Conservatory and May 18, 1999 at the Composers House as part of the XXXV International Festival Musical Spring in St. Petersburg. Program of the May 16th concert at the Small Hall of the St. Petersburg Conservatory included: Leaden Echo, Golden Echo for Soprano and orchestra, text by Gerard Manley Hopkins, 1989; Elegy (To the Memory of Stephen Albert) for Clarinet, Violin,. Cello, Piano, 1993; Greeting (Sixty Bars for Krzysztof) for Flute, Clarinet, Piano, Violin, Cello, 1993; Reflections for String Orchestra - by Bruce MacCombie and Cycles,for Clarinet and Piano in three movements, 1997 by Julian Wachner; Program of the Chamber music concert on Tuesday, May 18 at the Composers’ House included: Greeting by Bruce MacCombie and String Quartet by Julian Wachner.
Dr. Leibman traveled to St. Petersburg to coordinate the visit and promote future exchanges between the faculties of Boston University and the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Many leading figures of the St. Petersburg music community have expressed keen interest in participating in future exchanges. They include: Lydia L. Voltchek (Director of the Glazunov Concert Hall), Sergei Yevtushenko (Deputy Director of the St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonic), Dr. Michael Byalik (Professor of Musicology at the St. Petersburg Conservatory), Alexander Mnatsakanyan (Chairman of the Composition Department at the St. Petersburg Conservatory), and Dr. Tatyana S. Bershadskaya (Professor of Music Theory at the St. Petersburg Conservatory). Leibman met with Janet C. Demiray (Consul for Press and Culture at the American Consulate in St. Petersburg) who has supported the past exchanges and expressed interest in lending support to future exchanges the and Tatyana Kosmynina (Cultural Affairs Assistant) for the discussions about “The Educational Bridge Project”.
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