MSSU Russia Semester

Russian Concerts and Theatrical  Events



chekhov Southern Theatre Presents: An Evening of Chekhov:
The Celebration, The Marriage Proposal, and The Brute

7:30 p.m
Tues.-Sat., Oct. 12-16, 2004
Black Box Theatre (Bud Walton Theatre)
Admission: free to students, faculty, staff

Southern Theatre presented three one-act farces by Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Written in the late 1880s, the plays, which were originally performed as curtain raisers to his more famous plays, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya, and The Sea Gull, examine the foibles and foolishness of the Russian landowning class. The Celebration was directed by Dr. James Lile, and Dr. Jay Fields directed The Marriage Proposal and The Brute.



barynya7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

“Barynya,” a New York-based Russian folk dance and music ensemble, presented a 90-minute show of traditional Russian folk dances and songs. Over 15 authentic musical instruments are utilized by professional musicians dressed in colorful stage costumes. All musicians and dancers are professional entertainers from the former USSR. Traditional instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka, lozhki, kugikly, treshotki, and vertushki are showcased.



Warsaw Philharmonic with Olga Kern, Pianist

7:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 5, 2004
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: $20, $15, and $10
Tickets available Oct. 18, 2004

The Warsaw Philharmonic returned to Joplin, this time with 2001 VanCliburn Gold Medalist Olga Kern. They performed Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #3. The Philharmonic also performed Brahm's Symphony #1. This concert was presented in cooperation with Curtains Up! Joplin Concert Series.


St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra

russia8:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004
Music Hall in downtown Kansas City
Admission: $22 and $52 tickets

Missouri Southern’s Campus Activities Board provided tickets to the first 35 students who sign up with a student I.D. in Room 222 of the Billingsly Student Center. The concert was sponsored by William Jewell College’s Harriman Arts Program. Yuri Temirkanov conducted the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, “one of the great virtuoso orchestras of the world,” according to the Los Angeles Times. Considered one of the best in the world, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic is the oldest orchestra in Russia.