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XXXI-th Educational Bridge Festival Boston - St. Petersburg

On Wednesday, May 17, at 17.00 in the Green Hall of Russian Institute for the History of Arts, was host the XXXI-th “Educational Bridge Festival” Boston – St. Petersburg.

Lyudmila Leibman – director  general.

The concert is dedicated to the memory of Mikhail Aleksandrovich Lobanov (1943-2015).


Concert program

Part I

 Allegro di Concerto alla Mendelssohn, Giovanni Bottezini (1821-1889)

For double bass and piano

Eugene Ryzhkov, double bass

Olga Ermakova, piano


“nRT” for string quartet, Andrei Gritsevsky (b. 2000)

According to the author, “the inspiration of this work was the equation of state of an ideal gas (also the Mendeleev-Clapeyron equation) – in fact, the equation pV = nRT, which establishes the relationship between temperature, volume, and pressure. In my work I tried in the strict palette of harmony to reflect all the properties of gases – isotherms bends, static entropy, and the general interchangeability of a gas with a homogeneous liquid and with the accumulation of individual molecules. The progression of this work depicts an adiabatic expansion, simultaneously reflecting the increase in energy and chaos. I hope that nRT will finally reunite chemistry with musical art”.


N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet (St. Petersburg)

Mikhail Bondarev, violin I,

Ekaterina Belisova, violin II,

Andrey Popov, viola,

Anton Andreev, cello


Two Minuets from Suite No. 1, BWV1007, J.S.Bach (1685-1750)


Appel Interstellaire of Des Canyons aux Etoilés VI, Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Megan Shusta, French horn


Polonaise and Fantasy in A Flat Major, Op. 61, Frederic Chopin (1810-1849)

Konstanitin Feinghouse, pianoforte


Part II

 Aria Belcore from the opera «L’elisir d’amore», Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848)

«Winner», romance to the words of Vasily Zhukovsky, M.I.Glinka (1804-1857)

«El paño moruno» from the «Siete canciones populares españolas», Manuel De Falla (1876-1946)

Alan Starovoitov, baritone

Maria Ludko, pianoforte


«Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus», No. 5 from the «Quatuor pour la fin du temps», Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)

Anton Andreev, cello

Lyudmila Leibman, pianoforte


Two pieces for the string quartet, Tony Schemmer, Boston (b. 1946)

Try to remember


N.A.Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet


The history of the «Educational Bridge Festivals» project began in 1997 when, when the Lyudmila Leibman, graduate of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, invite the representatives of the oldest music school in Russia to come to Boston University with concerts, lectures, master classes and seminars. Since then, hundreds of Russian and American musicians, museum workers, archives and libraries have taken part in the programs of the thirty previous festivals organized by the Educational Bridge project. Acknowledged center of higher education in the US, Boston sent representatives of the Brandeys, Harvard and Boston universities, the New England Conservatory and other universities to St. Petersburg. In Russia, Bostonians has the honor to perform on the best scenes of St. Petersburg and Moscow. The works of Bernard Rands, Marjorie Merryman, Bruce MacCombie, Julian Wachner, Richard Cornell, Charles Fassel, Ruth Lomon and others, thanks to the initiatives of the “Educational Bridge” project, were first performed in the concert halls of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Joint rehearsals and concerts of American and Russian students, master classes and lectures of teachers, author’s presentations of the books and films, served as the best credentials and brought people from two continents closer together. “Educational Bridge”, having received in 2007 the status of an independent non-profit organization, continues its work to expand and deepen cultural cooperation between the two countries.