Here are some events happening in the USA during the month of February! Enjoy!
February 1 – MA (snow date: Feb 8)
Join the Museum of Russian Icons for a concert of favourite music of the Romanov dynasty! On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Russian Empire Family, clarinetist Georges Devdariani and soprano Maria Lyudko return to the Museum to present a concert that includes ancient Russian Church chants; Peter the Great’s and Catherine the Great’s chants; romances by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff, and music by Italian and French composers.
Where: Museum of Russian Icons
When: Feb 1 4:00-5:00 (snow day: Feb 8, 4:00-5:00)
Tickets: $15 for Museum members, $18 for non-members, includes museum admission
February 6 – NY
Join Brooklyn’s Dweck Center for another installment in their Great Books discussion series! The current focus is on Tolstoy’s War and Peace. This epic literary achievement broadly focuses on Napoleon’s invasion of Russia in 1812 and follows three of the most well-known characters in literature: Pierre Bezukhov, the illegitimate son of a count who is fighting for his inheritance and yearning for spiritual fulfillment; Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, who leaves his family behind to fight in the war against Napoleon; and Natasha Rostov, the beautiful young daughter of a nobleman who intrigues both men. As Napoleon’s army invades, Tolstoy follows peasants and nobility, civilians and soldiers, as they struggle with the problems unique to their era.
Discussions will be led by Inessa Medzhibovskaya, the author of Tolstoy and the Religious Culture of His Time: A Biography of a Long Conversion, 1845-1887. She is working on the completion of two new monographs: Tolstoy and the Fates of the Twentieth Century and a philosophical-literary study titled Writing and Confinement.
Where: Central Library, Trustees Room, Dweck Center
When: February 6, 2:00
February 6 – NY
Join the Dweck Center for another installment in their Russian film series! This month, the focus is on Yuri Shchekochikhin’s Once I Was… Ten years ago Shchekochikhin, an influential journalist, writer and social activist, died suddenly and under suspicious circumstances. This film focuses on his life, his times and his constant fight against injustice. The film also contains rare footage from Schekochikhin’s family archive. This film is in Russian with English subtitles. To register, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit 4 tickets per person.
February 7 – MA
Do you have icons or related artifacts? Take them to the curator at the Museum of Russian Icons! Icon specialist Frank Ford, an independent consultant, will be available on site for private consultation. Monetary evaluations will not be given. The fee of $7 per object includes Museum admission. Consultations last approximately 15 minutes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the program. This program takes place on the first Friday of every other month throughout the year.
Where: Museum of Russian Icons
When: February 7, 2pm
Cost: $7 per object, includes museum admission
February 15 – NY
Join the Dweck Center for another installment of their Russian literary series! This month, the focus turns to the works of Aleksandr Zhurbin and Irina Ginzburg-Zhurbina. Alexander Zhurbin, a renowned composer, author of the very first Soviet rock opera “Orpheus and Eurydice”, who also composed music to no less than 60 films and 45 musical theater productions and previously wrote six books, presents his latest work, a memoir “Musical Crossroads”. His wife, muse and creative partner, Irina Ginzburg-Zhurbina has an impressive resume of her own – she is a poet, accomplished translator, singer and formerly a TV anchor. She recently published her third book of prose, “Life is a Horse”. This double book presentation will be generously peppered with musical performances. To register, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword Brooklyn Public Library. Limit 3 tickets per person.
Where: Central Library, Dweck Center
When: February 15, 4:00
Tickets: Please visit brownpapertickets.com and enter the keyword “Brooklyn Public Library”
Ongoing Exhibitions – MN
The Museum of Russian Art hosts “The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost” until March 23, 2014. The exhibition is dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty. In 1613, a sixteen-year-old Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300-year dynasty. This exhibition provides an overview of the three centuries of the Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 1917-1918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution. The events that led to the collapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what happened to their scattered property after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed.
Where: Museum of Russian Art
When: on now, until March 23, 2014