Festival on the Hill 2017 • A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917

October 12-13, 2017

The Festival on the Hill is a biennial music festival presented by the UNC Department of Music based around a given theme. Past festivals have included “Music, Science, and Nature,” “Music at Black Mountain,” “CHAT Festival,” “Revisions and Rethinkings,” “Videmus at 25,” and “Music and the Congo.” The current festival is on the theme of “A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917” and will consist of a two-day scholarly symposium with lectures and discussions by composers, scientists, and musicologists, as well as a series of concerts featuring music that incorporates concepts and sounds from the natural world.


Century of Movement FlyerThe cultural products of the last century reflect change, opportunity, and uncertainty, and demonstrate active negotiations between personal identity and social awareness, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, artistic voice and security. This conference, in the centennial year of the Revolution, seeks to explore the transformations set in motion during and after the events of 1917 through an examination of cultural production and practices, located both within and without Russia.

We will explore first and foremost the issue of human migration, particularly the patterns and developments set in motion by the Revolution. Over the course of the century, Russian communities abroad navigated competing ideologies and cultural tensions, including those conflicts stressed by national and global politics. The Revolution, broadly defined, was a catalyst for the changes that affected the cultural developments of generations of Russian artists, writers, and musicians and significantly shaped subsequent discourse—arguably continuing into the present day. Moreover, waves of human movements and resultant diasporic communities have become enmeshed in the cultural lives of their host countries, whose responses have shifted with the global political changes of the interwar years, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the post-1989 world order. In light of today’s desperate discussions regarding the migration of refugees, it is both timely and important that we examine the ways in which human migration yielded and continues to yield both social and cultural challenges and profound creative contributions.


Schedule of Events (more to come)

Session 1
Identities and Ideas in Intellectual Migration
Thursday, October 12, 9:45-10:45am
Person Recital Hall
Chair: Eren Tasar

Soviet artists in the West: agents of authenticity or creators of a skewed reality?
Evgeniya Kondrashina
Centre for Russian Music Goldsmiths, University of London

The Russian Intellectual Diaspora: Its History and Current State
Andrei Korobkov
Middle Tennessee State University

Keynote Speaker
Katerina Clark
Yale University
Art without Borders: The International Avant-Garde and the Revolution
Thursday, October 12, 11:15am
Person Recital Hall

Session 2
Cultural Contact Zones and Transnational Encounters
Thursday, October 12, 1:45-3:15pm
Person Recital Hall
Chair: Tim Carter

Transnational Careerism: Henry Cowell and Sergei Radamsky in the Soviet Union
Kevin Bartig
Michigan State University

Lady Macbeth of Cuyahoga County: VOKS and the Ambiguities of Interwar Soviet- American Musical Exchange
Matt Honegger
Princeton University

Caviar-Vodka-Balalaika? Consumption, Identity and Song in Hollywood Russia Circa 1939
Anna Nisnevich
Independent Scholar

Session 3
Inside the Curtain: Movement and Boundary
Thursday, October 12, 3:45-5:15pm
Person Recital Hall

Heinrich Neuhaus: Émigré Culture as a Cosmopolitan Force in Post-Revolutionary Russia
Maria Razumovskaya
The Guildhall School

Exile at the Dacha: Displacement, Nostalgia, and Medtner’s Forgotten Melodies
Patrick H. Domico
Indiana University Bloomington

Moments in Soviet Composition
William S. Newman Artists Series Concert
Thursday, October 12, 7:30pm
James and Susan Moeser Auditorium
Featuring UNC graduate students, faculty, and guest trumpeter Peter Auricchio
$15 general admission; $10 students or UNC faculty/staff

Session 4
Perception and Self-Perception: Developing Émigré Identities
Friday, October 13, 9:30-11:00am
Person Recital Hall
Chair: Annegret Fauser

Rachmaninoff as Russian Émigré, 1918–1943: Man, Music, and Reception
Keenan A. Reesor
Southern Virginia University

Serge Koussevitzky, Musical Migration, and Socialist Idealism in the United States
Jamie Blake
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

A Russian Émigré in New York: Arthur Lourié and Music of Nostalgia
Inessa Bazayev
Louisiana State University

Session 5
Faith, Community, and Religious Identity
Friday, October 13, 11:30am-12:30pm
Person Recital Hall
Chair: Michael Figueroa

Artistic Cohesion or Commercial Success? Russian-Jewish Émigré Composers and Their Search for Creative Fulfillment
Elena Dubinets
Seattle Symphony; University of Washington

Out of Babylon: Pentecostal Emigration Demands and Religious Identity in the Late Soviet Union
Emily B. Baran
Middle Tennessee State University

Keynote Address
Marina Frolova-Walker
Cambridge University
Russian Soul for Export
Friday, October 13, 2:00pm
Person Recital Hall

Session 6
Forging Cultural Connections: Institutions, Organizations, and Meeting Places
Friday, October 13, 3:45-5:15pm
Person Recital Hall
Chair: Donald J. Raleigh

Cultural Ties of the Russian Migrant Organizations
in London 1918-1922
Ianina Kruglikova,
University of Turku, Finland

A Diaspora in Formation: The Kalmyks in Interwar Europe
Edward C. Holland
University of Arkansas

The Russian Capital of Bavaria: DP Camp Schleissheim, 1947-1953
Anatol Shmelev
The Hoover Institution

An Evening of Shostakovich
Tonu Kalam and the UNC Symphony Orchestra
Friday, October 13, 8:00pm
Memorial Hall
Featuring Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 and Clara Yang, piano, playing the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2
$10 general admission; $5 students and UNC faculty/staff


The 2017 Festival on the Hill is made possible by the generous support of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, The Graduate School, and the UNC College of Arts and Sciences.