April 25 - August 2, 2005
Now at the Gallery At The Airport in Eugene, OR
Since 1987, Eugene, Oregon has enjoyed a rewarding Sister City relationship with Irkutsk, Russia, the capital of Eastern Siberia. To encourage understanding, appreciation and friendship between the two cities, the Eugene~Irkutsk Sister City Committee (EISCC) has sponsored many exchanges and projects. The exhibit presented here, SIBERIAN DREAMS, is one of its most ambitious.
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|Legend of Bulagat, The First Shaman
Oil on Canvas
|Dance of the Sacred Tree|
Oil on Canvas
The Cantus Chamber Choir from Uzhgorod, Ukraine will present two concerts in Eugene.
On Sat., April 16 at 7:30 pm they will present the Rachmaninoff Vespers at the Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St. For tickets, call 682-5000.
On Wed., April 13, Cantus will sing at Beall Hall, U.O. School of Music, at 8 pm
Russian pianist Yuri Rozum will perform at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, April 16, at the Shedd Concert Hall, 285 East Broadway. The program consists of pieces by Lizst, Schumann, Tchaikowsky and Rachmaninoff. In 2004, Rozum performed Rachmaninoff's Concerto. 2 at the Hult Center, followed by a reception hosted by the Wild Duck and the Eugene-Irkutsk Sister City Committee. In 1979, Rozum won first prize at the Queen Sofia Piano Competition in Madrid. Since then, he was won other international awards and performed around the world.
For ticket information, please call the Shedd box office at 541-434-7000. Reservations are required.
Eugene Ballet performs "Scheherazade" Saturday, April 16 at 8 p.m. and again on Sunday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center. Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street.
Muslim religious legends inspired Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov to compose this symphonic suite, which, in turn, inspired a sensational production in Paris by Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russe with choreography by Michael Fokine.
The music, dancing and costumes are spectacular; this is a wonderful production for chlldren and adults.
For ticket information, please call 682-5000.
Sergei Prokofiev's ALEXANDER NEVSKY was performed in February at the Hult Center by the Eugene Symphony Orchestra, featuring Milagro Vargas, Mezzo-soprano, as soloist. The Eugene-Irkutsk Sister City Committee, in memory of the Gorbatenko-Groza Family, sponsored Vargas, who sang the solo, The Field of the Dead, as well as several Mahler lieder.
At a pre-concert talk, Giancarlo Guerrero, Music Director and
Conductor of the Eugene Symphony, emphasized that Milagro's beautiful,
resonant voice for the lament of the dead was far superior to the lower
range voices often selected for this particular solo. In a haunting
melody, a young peasant girl pledges her love to to one of two brave
suitors while she walks among the wounded and dead, trying to find them.
Since 2003, EISCC has cooperated with the Eugene Symphony staff for other exciting concerts, including the recent Tchaikowsky Festival. During this celebration, Siberian art was displayed downtown at Perugino. Also, the Eugene Public Library featured two Russian displays: children's books and toys downstairs, and, upstairs, Woodburn Old Believers' traditional clothing and embroidery along with Lomonosov china from St. Petersburg. Last season, EISCC co-hosted a reception at the Wild Duck following the Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 concert, starring Yuri Rozum.
Since 1988, EISCC has supported mutual exchanges with citizens of Irkutsk in music, art, education, technology, sports, science, government and business. We encourage youth programs in order to continue building the international bridges of understanding and friendship for the future.
Four EISCC Youth members from Eugene (Emila and Angela Pantyukhina, Tamara Starodubtsva) and our exchange student from Irkutsk, Ulyana Magleyeva, joined Board members, Dena and Galina, for a horseback riding adventure in beautiful Pleasanthill, Oregon.
First the girls learned how to properly groom the horses, then had the opportunity to ride. The horses seemed to enjoy themselves almost as much as the girls. Star, a beautiful palomino, was so relaxed while being brushed she practically fell asleep. Girl, a spirited bay, was thrilled when the girls brought out a bag of carrots!
Marina Pantyukhina has created the display for our contribution to the DIA DE LOS MUERTOS, the Annual Celebration of the Day of the Dead running at Maude Kerns Arts Center from October 24 - November 14.
Radunitsa, the Russian version of Dia de Los Muertos has deep pagan roots. Originally, radunitsas were called the deities, the keepers of the dead people souls, which personified a respect toward the deceased. After a ceremony at a burial mound, food was brought to the grave, so the soul of the dead could enjoy the respect rendered them by the living. Later, Radunitsa meant a remembrance of the deceased, usually in spring.
Today, Radunitsa is Parents Day, celebrated the 9th day after the Orthodox Easter, a day of remembrance of relatives and friends.
The new show for May and June at the Vivace Gallery (located on 5th street, next to Joe Federigo's) is entitled "Myths of Siberia" and features watercolors and oil paintings by Russian artist Vitaliy Smaguin. The paintings include "Taming of the Lightning"," Baikal Mountains" and "Flying Shaman Woman". Vitaly is one of the most famous artists from Irkutsk and some of the shown works were painted during his visit to Eugene in 1998. Some of his works have been on our Sister City exhibition at Shelton -McMurphey - Johnson House, and, of course, he has been featured in our own online gallery.