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U-M launches "Celebrating St. Petersburg: 300 Years of Cultural Brilliance"

"Celebrating St. Petersburg: 300 Years of Cultural Brilliance" is a unique festival at U-M that will mark the tercentennial of this most splendid and cosmopolitan of Russia's cities.

Extending from March-December, the celebration will showcase an exclusive exhibition of art from the State Hermitage Museum, Russian cultural performances of the highest caliber, and many public lectures and educational opportunities.

The Romanovs Collect: European Art from the Hermitage
Detail from "Voltair's Morning," Jean Huber (Courtesy UMMA)

"The Romanovs Collect: European Art from the Hermitage," an exhibition of 140 exceptional works of fine and decorative arts from the unrivalled collections of the world-famous State Hermitage Museum, will be presented by the U-M Museum of Art Sept. 21-Nov. 23. Ann Arbor will be the exclusive venue for the exhibition.

The works have been selected to provide an unprecedented window into the world of the Romanov tsars and their passion for collecting all things European. This opulent array of 18th- and 19th-century French paintings, Dutch drawings, exquisite furniture, Meissen and Sèvres porcelains, Aubusson tapestries, and much more, traces the evolution of taste and collecting by the Romanov dynasty from Peter the Great to the violent end in 1917.

Tickets for the exhibition go on sale July 1. The exhibition is made possible by Ford Motor Company.

Performing Arts: University Musical Society

A series of music, dance and theater drawing on the rich legacy of the performing arts of St. Petersburg will be presented throughout the festival by the University Musical Society (UMS). Featured performances include the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre, Edward Villella's Miami City Ballet, Pushikin's "Boris Godunov," violinist Vadim Repin, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella Choir and the St. Petersburg String Quartet.

Tickets for the UMS St. Petersburg series will go on sale later this spring.

Scholarly and public education programs

The Center for Russian and East European Studies has assembled a wide array of opportunities to explore the cultural and political history of Russia. Among the events will be a second major public symposium, "From the Mariinsky to Manhattan: George Balanchine and the Transformation of American Dance."

In addition, University students will have an opportunity to participate in an LSA Theme Semester with numerous courses on St. Petersburg and Russian art, history, film, literature and politics. The University Library will draw on its rich collections to present "St. Petersburg: Window on the West/Window on the East," an exhibit in the Special Collections Library. The Department of Theatre and Drama in the School of Music will present Ostrovsky's "The Diary of a Scoundrel" and Nagle Jackson's "The Quick Change Room," and the Dance Department will feature choreography to music by St. Petersburg composers during its annual Power Center concert.

For a complete event listing, visit The festival is made possible in part by the Office of the Provost and Office of the Vice President for Communications.

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