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In Diaghilev’s circle: An Impresario in dialogue with composers
International musicological conference

Second International Festival “Diaghilev. P. S.” St Petersburg, 23-29 October 2011

The two-day international conference “In Diaghilev’s circle: An Impresario in dialogue with composers” will take place in St Petersburg at the N. Rimsky-Korsakov Memorial Museum-Apartment 24-25 October 2011.

The conference is the part of the Second International Festival “Diaghilev. P. S.,” the mission of which is to bring back the name of Diaghilev, his cultural influence in Russia toward enrolling St Petersburg in a wider cultural environment using the internationally recognised phenomenon of Diaghilev’s ‘Ballets Russes.’ Within the bounds of the festival there will be events that shed a light on the phenomenon of Diaghilev from various perspectives, including exhibitions, concerts, performances, editions and conferences.

Conclusions regarding Diaghilev’s impact on the development of world art are still subject to revision. Only within the last two decades have there been several monographs published; the intention of these was an attempt to summarize, realize and elucidate a scale of Diaghilev’s merit as an impresario, critic, curator of exhibitions, art historian, musician, and editor. However, in Diaghilev studies, many factors remain relatively unknown.

Among the less explored aspects of Diaghilev are his role as a producer of genius and his role as an impresario for composers. This conference will be concentrated in various aspects of composers’ interaction with Diaghilev, namely his function as:
• arbiter of musical tastes
• musical critic
• discoverer of composers
• editor of musical works
• co-author

One of the main events of the festival will be a world premiere of the oratorio “Orphic Trilogy” by Vernon Duke (Vladimir Dukelsky), performed by the St Petersburg Academic Symphony Orchestra, Choir of the State Capella. Also, one session of the conference will be focused on the collaboration of Dukelsky with Diaghilev.

The conference’s programme committee consists of:
Lidia Ader (Senior researcher of the N. Rimsky-Korsakov Museum-Apartment)
Nina Kostenko (Head of N. Rimsky-Korsakov Museum-Apartment).
Natalia Metelitsa (Artistic director of the International festival “Diaghilev. P.S.”, director of the State St Petersburg Museum of Theatre and Music)
Katia Sirakanyan (Executive director of the International festival “Diaghilev. P.S.”)

The working languages of the conference are Russian and English. The time-limit for papers is 20 minutes plus a discussion time of 10 minutes. Please submit abstracts for papers of no less than 200 and no more than 300 words, which have to be sent together with a short CV of 100 words; both should be sent by e-mail to Lidia Ader (

The deadline for paper abstracts is 15 April 2011. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out at the end of May 2011 at the latest. Papers and materials of the conference will be published online on the official site of the Festivalþ

The N. Rimsky-Korsakov Museum-Apartment will not able to cover participants’ expenses.

For abstracts of papers and questions please contact:

N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Museum-flat
Zagorodny pr., 28
Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Tel.: 007 (812) 7133208
Fax: 007 (812) 7133208
E-mail to Lidia Ader –
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