Paragraf 64

Traveling throughout Poland now is a group of musicians who come from a rather unusual background. The band, Paragraf 64, is comprised entirely of current prison inmates that combine hard rock with hip-hop. They are part...

XVI International Winter Festival in St. Petersburg

XVI International Winter Festival December 13-25, 2015 Arts Square Yuri Temirkanov (Artistic Director of the Festival) Philharmonia.spb.ru The International Winter Festival is an annual musical festival that takes place in December at Arts Square. This...

St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia

St. Petersburg Academic Philharmonia  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Yuri Temirkanov (director)  St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Alexander Dmitriev (director) Philharmonia.spb.ru Growing up listening to symphonic works of Beethoven, Liszt, and Wagner and being involved with orchestra...

Russian Symphonies in St. Petersburg

The Symphony Orchestra of the State Primorsky Theater Of Opera and Ballet Yekaterina Mechetina (piano) Anton Lubchenko (conductor)  Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall Mariinsky.ru The Russia School of Classical Music has greatly contributed to the genre...

Organ Concert at the Catholic Church in Vladivostok

Organ Concert Mary Mother of God Catholic Mission in Vladivostok 22 Volodarskovo Street Free Admission On November 15, I had the opportunity to attend a pipe organ concert at the Mary Mother of God Catholic...

The Oprichnik in St. Petersburg

The Oprichnik/ Опричник Mariinsky Theater Concert Hall Mariinsky Opera Theater, Ballet, and Academy of Young Opera Singers Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru I am so excited about studying in St. Petersburg because I get the chance...

Dead Souls in St. Petersburg

Dead Souls/ Мёртвые души Mariinsky II Mariinsky Opera Theater Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Ever since I saw Alban Berg’s opera Wozzeck, I have become a huge fan of 20th century opera. Some of my favorite...

All Prokofiev Concert in St. Petersburg

The Mariinsky Orchestra Denis Matsuev (piano) Valery Gergiev (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Matsuev.com Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was one the greatest Russian composers who lived during the Soviet Era. Prokofiev composed for many genres (symphonies, operas, ballets) and...

Prince Igor in St. Petersburg

Prince Igor/ Князь Игорь Mariinsky Opera, Chorus, and Ballet Pavel Smelkov (conductor) Mariinsky.ru Opera is one of the most remarkable art forms that have been created in cultural history. Opera combines all the elements of...

Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra in St. Petersburg

Concert Hall/ Концертный зал Mariinsky Theater Symphony Orchestra Lucas Debargue (piano) Valery Gergiev (conductor) http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/ There is nothing I love more than playing in a symphony orchestra. I have performed with an orchestra on the...

Remembering Tchaikovsky in St. Petersburg

Day of Russian Music in Saint Petersburg Art Square; Free Admission The St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra Director: S. Kochanovsky The music of Petr Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) has been very impactful on me since I...

Summer Chopin Concerts in Łazienki Park

Summer Chopin Concerts Łazienki Park Free Lazienki-krolewskie.pl Want to soak in some classical music with that summer sun? You’re in luck! From mid-May to September, you can catch Chopin concerts every Sunday in the Royal...

Ruh-Ordo Complex – a Day Trip from Bishkek

Ruh-Ordo Complex/ Культурный центр Рух-Ордо Address: Чолпон-Ата, Киргизия Hours 9-5 Monday-Sunday Admission: 300 som Ruhordo.kg If you visit Lake Issyk-Kul during the summer, check out the Ruh-Ordo Complex at Cholpon-Ata. This complex is an open air museum...

Old-World Music at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Vladivostok

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (Евангелическо-лютеранская церковь Св. Павла) ул. Пушкинская 14 Service every Sunday at 11; Concert times vary; Tickets usually range from 300-500 rubles ($5-8) Tel. 295-47-47  Some of the more impressive structures...

Bishkek Walking Tour

New SRAS students at the London School in Bishkek are introduced to the city and some of its major landmarks on a walking tour shortly after arrival. I took this tour on the afternoon of...

New Year in Vladivostok

Without having given it much thought up until the end of the semester, as decorations began to go up around town and talk of the holidays began, I realized that this would be my first...

The Theater of Opera and Ballet in Vladivostok

Theater of Opera and Ballet/Театр оперы и балета ул. Фастовская 14, стр. 12 Festival of the 15 Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich Hours and Ticket Prices: performance dependent Primopera.ru Apart from the Golden Bridge (Золотой мост)...

An Evening at the Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic in Vladivostok

Primorskaya Regional Philharmonic / Приморская краевая филармония Светланская ул. 13 10:00-14:00, 15:00-20:00; Primfil.ru The unofficial theme for the Concert of Traditional Korean Music and Dances (Концерт традиционной корейской музыки и танцев) seemed to be one...

Tchaikovsky Concert Hall

The Tchaikovsky Concert Hall/ Концертный Зал П.И. Чайковского улица Тверская, 31/4 Ticket Office Hours: 9:00am-8:00pm, Most performances start at 7:00pm Tickets range 1000-3500 rubles Student tickets from 200 rubles Meloman.ru If you’re new to the...

Gulzada Performance at Ala-Too Amphitheater in Bishkek

Гулзада: «Арт-шоу Толгонуу»/Gulzada “Art Show Tolgonuu” Ала-Тоо Борбору/Ala-Too Center ул. Абсамата Масалиева/Absamat Masaliyev St tickets 500-1800 som ($10-36) http://www.gulzada.kg https://www.facebook.com/gulzada.song Walking around Bishkek in the summertime, you get the sense that it’s a youthful city....

An Evening of Classical Music at FEFU in Vladivostok

FEFU Chamber Assembly Concert / ДВФУ Камерные Ассамблеи Ul. Perta Velikogo 3/ Ул. Перта Великого 3 March 15, 2014 Free and open to the public After President Putin’s shocking decision to hold the 2012 APEC in...

Rock Bar Zeppelin in Bishkek

Рок-Бар Цеппелин/ Rock Bar Zeppelin http://vk.com/rock.bar.zeppelin 43 пр. Чуй doors open usually 2-3 hours before set starts, in my case 8:30, and go on until set is finished entrance fee less than $5 I will...

A Night at the Opera

Mariinsky Theater/Мариинский театр Театральная площадь, д. 1 Metro Садовая www.mariinsky.ru The Mariinsky Theater has gotten a lot of press lately with the controversial opening of the new Mariinsky stage. Many residents of St. Petersburg have...

Keeping the Faith (Catholicism) in Kyiv

For some, traveling abroad can be as much a spiritual journey as a physical one, and tourists are often encouraged to visit religious relics and places of worship for their history, culture, and architecture. For...

The National Opera of Ukraine

The National Opera of Ukraine / Національна опера України Kyiv, 01034, Volodymyrska st., 50 Convenient entertainment, rich culture, low cost Box-office hours:  Monday: – 11:00 – 19:00 All other days: from 11:00 – 19:30 Tickets...

Up Close and Personal with a Manaschi

A Performance and Interview with Nazarkyl Seydrakmanov This past week, SRAS students met with one of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous manaschis, Nazarkyl Seydrakmanov. Manaschis are Kyrgyz professional storytellers of the Manas epic poem, the longest epic...

Jazz Evening at Michelle in Vladivostok

Jazz Evening at Michelle/Джазовый Вечер в Мишеле Ул. Уборевича, д. 5а, 8 этаж Fridays, 8 pm – 11 pm (approximately) Open to restaurant patrons only I think most would agree that some of the best...

Seven Things to Love in Almaty

Seven Things to Love in Almaty By Eirene Busa For those looking for a spring weekend getaway in Central Asia (and who isn’t?), book a trip to Almaty, Kazakhstan’s largest city and previous capital. Almaty...

Stirka in St. Petersburg

Stirka 26 Kazanskaya Ulitsa / Sennaya Ploshad metro Coffee stop. Art space. Performance venue. Hipster haunt. Laundromat to the stars (and commoners alike). Stirka somehow manages to be all these things. Stirka, full name “Café-Laundromat...

Rap Battle for New Talent in Vladivostok

Rap Battle for New Talent/Rap Battle Новые Таланты Бар-клуб Егерь – ул. Светланская, д. 18 March 16, 2013 – 5 pm Entrance: 200 rub One of the very cool things about living in a foreign...

Dom 7 Jazz Club in St. Petersburg

Dom 7 Jazz Club in St. Petersburg наб. канала Грибоедова, 7, nearest to Gostiniy Dvor metro station Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday 10 a.m. – 2 a.m. Saturday 1:30 p.m. –...