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.


The 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)

Thursday, October 12

7:30 p.m. • William S. Newman Artists Series Concert: Key Moments in Soviet Composition
Featuring UNC graduate students, faculty, and guest trumpeter Peter Auricchio
Tickets $15 general admission/$10 students or UNC faculty/staff

Friday, October 13

8:00 p.m. • Scholarship Benefit Concert: UNC Symphony Orchestra with Clara Yang, piano
Tickets $10 general admission/$5 students or 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.