Creative Diaspora: Émigré Composers from the Former USSR
Soundbridge Seattle Symphony Music Discovery Center at Benaroya Hall
March 22-23, 2014
To complement the U.S. premiere performances of Alexander Raskatov’s Night Butterflies piano concerto, the Seattle Symphony (the co-commissioner of the piece) will hold a conference on music of the Russian diaspora, co-hosted by the University of Washington’s School of Music and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.
A “Russian invasion” has left palpable traces in the world musical landscape throughout the XXth century. The latest wave of music emigration from the former USSR is comparable in numbers to the early 20th-century’s wave and includes such important names as Alfred Schnittke and Sofia Gubaidulina. The conference, “Creative Diaspora: Émigré Composers from the Former USSR,” aims to further the discussion of the music created within the diaspora, by promoting music by important but unfairly forgotten or not yet well-established Russian émigré composers and advocating for the inclusion of issues related to Russian émigré music into the general studies of border crossing, emigration and diaspora.
Featured speakers include musicologists Richard Taruskin, Laurel Fay, Claudia R. Jensen, Peter Schmelz, Marina Ritzarev, Natalie Zelensky and Elena Dubinets.