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Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5

Virginia Symphony Orchestra:

JoAnn Falletta, conductor
David Daniels, countertenor
Michael Daniels, cello

Griffes: Pleasure Dome of Kubla Khan
Kenneth Fuchs: Poems of Life
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Well known to VSO audiences, composer Kenneth Fuchs brings us a world premiere. This is a continuation of more than 30 years of collaboration between Kenneth Fuchs and Music Director JoAnn Falletta, which began in 1985 when they were students at Juilliard. Written specifically for VSO Principal Cello Michael Daniels and his brother David, this new work is based on the poems of Judith Wolf, a well-known artist and writer. The performance concludes with Tchaikovsky’s majestic Fifth Symphony.

8th Biennial AWSS Conference: Roots and Legacies of Revolution

The Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS) solicits paper presentations on the theme of “Roots and Legacies of Revolution: Transformations for Women and Gender” for its 8th Biennial Conference to be held on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, VA. The conference will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS), which opens Thursday evening and runs through Saturday.

Read the full Call for Papers here: AWSS Conference CFP

55th Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS)

Hosted by George Mason University’s program in Russian and Eurasian Studies.

The Fifty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies (SCSS) will be held at the Alexandria Weston, April 6-8, 2017. The meeting will be hosted by the George Mason University. The SCSS is the largest of the regional Slavic and Eurasian Studies associations and its programs attract national and international scholarly participation. The purpose of SCSS is to promote scholarship, education, and in all other ways to advance scholarly interest in Russian, Soviet, East European, and Eurasian studies in the Southern region of the United States and nationwide. Membership in SCSS is open to all persons interested in furthering these goals.

Papers from all humanities and social science disciplines are welcome and encouraged, as is a focus on countries other than Russia/USSR. Papers and panels on all topics will be considered. The program committee is accepting panel and paper proposals until January 15, 2017. Whole panel proposals (chair, three papers, discussant) are preferred, but proposals for individual papers are also welcome. Whole panel proposals should include the titles of each individual paper as well as a title for the panel itself and identifying information (email addresses and institutional affiliations) for all participants. Proposals for individual papers should include paper title, email contact, institutional affiliation, and a brief (one paragraph) abstract to guide the program committee in the assembly of panels. If any AV equipment will be needed, the panel or paper proposals should indicate so when submitted. AV will be of limited availability and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Email your proposals to Emily Baran at Middle Tennessee State University: emily.baran@mtsu.edu

For local arrangements or conference information other than the program, please contact Dr. Steve Barnes at George Mason University (sbarnes3@gmu.edu).

Russian National Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty

Considered by many to be the finest achievement in classical ballet and the crowning jewel of Petipa’s career, The Sleeping Beauty is a lavish theatrical depiction of this well-known fairly tale. With music composed by the king of classical ballet music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, this grand ballet has it all — a beautiful princess and a charming prince, a king and queen, fairies, both good and evil, and courtly splendor. After a wicked fairy curses the baby princess to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, a benevolent fairy bestows her gift, so the princess will instead fall into a deep sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince. The unmatched grace of the dancers of the Russian National Ballet Theatre, along with the elaborate sets and beautiful costumes, make this a perfect family event!

Russian Music Ensemble Winter Concert

The Russian Music Ensemble serves to educate interested members of the W&M community about Russian folk music and how to perform it. The ensemble regularly rehearses folk songs from Russia and other eastern European countries with the intention of performing at various events during the year.

The event is free and family friendly. Donations are accepted.

Contact: russianmusic@email.wm.edu

Film Screening: Leviathan

In a Russian coastal town, Kolya is forced to fight the corrupt mayor when he is told that his house will be demolished. He recruits a lawyer friend to help, but the man’s arrival brings further misfortune for Kolya and his family.

Director: Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014

Run Time: 140 min

Trailer: http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi869838617/

For more information about the VCUarts Cinema’s Cinematheque Series, please visit: http://arts.vcu.edu/cinema/cinematheque

Lecture: The Russian Conjunction ‘A’ in RSL Acquisition & Pedagogy

Full title of lecture: “An Analysis of the Meaning of the Conjunction a in Russian with Attention to Its Implications for Second Language Acquisition and Russian Language Pedagogy”

Join the University of Virginia’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies for a special lecture by Prof. Mark Elson and Dr. Maria Ivanova. This lecture will be the second of the Fall 2016 Slavic Colloquium.

Exhibit: Faberge Collection Reopens

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ renowned Fabergé collection is returning from an international tour and will open to the public on October 22, 2016. The new installation will feature approximately 300 objects in a multi-layered interactive experience. VMFA will be the only American art museum with five galleries dedicated to Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts.
VMFA’s collection is the largest public collection of Fabergé objects outside of Russia. It includes five of the 53 Russian Imperial Easter Eggs crafted by the Fabergé firm led by jeweler Karl Fabergé. Most Fabergé objects are made from a variety of hardstones, precious stones and metals, including gold, platinum, silver, diamonds, gemstones, and other materials. The newly redesigned space will allow a view of each Imperial Egg in the round. Organized by material, the five galleries include gold and silver, jeweled objects, enamels, hardstones, icons, and “Old Russian” style works of art, including enamels by Fedor Ruckert and a table with hammered-copper panels never before displayed in an American museum.
The collection’s newly redesigned galleries place a large focus on interactive components including touchscreen displays and tablets with in-depth content about each object. There will also be four stations within the galleries that allow visitors to digitally craft their own pieces of Fabergé jewelry and explore the collection through the eyes of various historical figures.

Russian Education in Virginia

This page contains information about Russian education for children (and, occasionally, adults) in Virginia. While most instruction occurs in the Russian language, some programs may offer instruction in English. Descriptions of these schools were written by the groups themselves. Please contact the school or institution directly for the most up-to-date information, as programs may change.

If your program or institution is not listed here and you would like to see it on this page, please use the Contact Us! form to let us know.

Kindergarten and Early Education Programs

The Metaphor Academic Center for Russian Language and Culture

This center, with two campuses in Falls Church, aims to preserve linguistic and cultural traditions for Virginia’s Russian-speaking population, as well as introduce Americans to Russia’s rich historical heritage. The center offers classes daily (except Sunday), for students in pre-kindergarten through early elementary school, and holds camps in the winter, spring, and summer. Typical classes include Russian language, speech, art, theater, music, mathematics, and chess.

To contact the school directly, send a message to schoolmetaphor@gmail.com.

Rainbow Early Learning Center

This center in Alexandria offers child care and early education services for infants and children of all ages. Daily programs include instruction in Russian language and literature, art, music, mathematics, science, physical education, English language, and dance. Weekend programs for children ages 5-12 include instruction in Russian language and literature, the arts, and outdoor activities.

The Russian Kids House

This women-owned, private, bilingual school serves students from pre-kindergarten through second grade. Both campuses in Reston and Fairfax  offer daycare and programs for preschoolers; the campus in Reston also offers an age school for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade. After-school and summer programs for students through age 13 are also available.

Elementary and Secondary Education Programs

The Russian School in Ashburn

This school in Loudon County focuses on teaching language and literature, but also teaches mathematics and logic. Classes are offered for students from ages 5 to 15+ at varying levels of difficulty.

The Virginia Russian Academy

This academy in Falls Church offers classes in Russian language, literature, music, speech, math, theater, and art to students from age 3 to adult. Class schedules vary, with some offered on weekends. The academy also offers a summer camp for children ages 3-16.

For the English version of the site, click here.

Miscellaneous Education Programs

The Academy of Russian Ballet

This academy in Manassas is one of northern Virginia’s most prestigious ballet schools, and offers classes year-round. Most classes are held on weekday evenings, though some are offered on weekends and weekday afternoons. All levels of ballet are offered, as well as tap, jazz, lyrical dance, and conditioning. Summer programs for children ages 3-11+ may include Russian language instruction.

Perspectiva School

This school in Herndon offers Russian language instruction at all levels for students ages 2-17, especially high school students studying for the Advanced Placement Russian language examination. Aside from Russian language, courses are offered in art, dance and movement, gymnastics, theater, critical thinking, and English language. Preschool and early education classes for children ages 2-5 focus on language, mathematics, writing, art, logic, and music. After-school programs are also available.


This school in Reston began as an after-school program for Russian-speaking elementary school students, and has since expanded to include a weekend Russian language school for ages 4-16, a weekday preschool program for children ages 3 & 4 and 4 & 5, and group and individual language lessons for teenagers and adults.

The Russian Educational Center of Virginia

The Russian Educational Center of Virginia  welcomes anyone who is familiar with or wants to discover Russian culture. Our center serves different age groups with the primary goal of introducing and maintaining interest in Russian language and cultural heritage. Our goals are to educate and provide essential support for learning Russian language and build new friendships within Russian community.

The Center offers the “Teremok” School of Early Childhood Development for children ages 2-14. Saturday classes and summer camps are offered for all ages, and day school is offered for ages 2-5.

A separate educational class schedule for children and adults may be found here.

The Russian Music Academy of America

This academy in Centreville, which combines Russian and American teaching traditions, offers piano lessons and instruction for children and adults at all levels in musical theory and history, jazz, and popular music. Also offered are ensemble training, master classes, and voice lessons, and the academy sponsors choirs for both children and adults.

The Russian School of Mathematics in Reston

This after-school program serves students in the northern area of Virgina, focusing on Arlington, Fairfax and Loudon counties and the city of Falls Church. Most classes are held on weekday afternoons or evenings, but several are held on weekends. Classes range in ages from pre-kindergarten to high school. Online courses (and locations nationwide) are also available.

Synetic Theater

This theater in Crystal City (Arlington) offers studio classes in fitness, acting, pantomime, dance, and technique, tailored for children, teenagers, and adults. Classes change throughout the seasons, so be sure to check their studio page for the most current information. Day camps for children in grades K-5 are occasionally offered, and summer camps for children ages 6-14 are regularly offered.