Prokofiev festival to present Toronto premiere, concerts
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891-1953
A festival at U of T celebrating the life and work of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) opens with a free public lecture by renowned Prokofiev biographer Simon Morrison of Princeton University on Thursday, Feb. 3, 4 p.m. at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park.
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The festival is presented by U of T’s Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), Faculty of Music, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama, as well as the National Ballet of Canada, Opera in Concert and the Graduate Program in Dance at York University.Morrison’s talk, Prokofiev: Story of A Real Composer, launches a festival running Feb. 3 to 7 that will feature a mix of free and paid events on U of T’s St. George campus, including concerts, lectures and a day-long symposium (Saturday, Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) on the composer’s life and work with panelists such as music critic William Littler and opera commentator Iain Scott, among others. The festival will also stage the Toronto premiere of Prokofiev’s masterpiece opera A Love for Three Oranges at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
“The Prokofiev festival, including its star-studded symposium on the life and music of this great Russian composer, is one of the year’s most exciting events at U of T and continues a tradition at CREES of cultural happenings that bring to the public a combination of performance and scholarship,” says Peter Solomon, director of CREES.
For a complete listing of events and locations visit www.utoronto.ca/crees/prokofiev.htm
Janet Hyer, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, (416) 946-8994; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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