On Tuesday (the 15th), I leave for Russia. On Thursday I will give a class on my music to composition students of the St. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory — the same place where Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Shostakovich learned their trades. Friday and Saturday will feature rehearsals with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. Sunday night (March 20) I’ll have the Russian premiere of my Amadeus ex machina. Afterwards, I’ll be joined by composer Sergei Slonimsky, whose Symphony No. 8 will also be on the program, for a post-concert talk.

In between those scheduled events, I hope to spend some time at the Hermitage Museum, catch other performances, and meet with some of the musicians who make the city hum.

With a little bit of luck, I will figure out how to make use of St. Petersburg’s internet cafes, and keep you posted on what I learn. My Russian is absolutely horrible, though, so I’m not holding my breath. Right now, I have to dig up some Arctic apparel in a hurry!

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