Music Memory and Nostalgia Conference: Rediscovering the Music of Rachmaninoff


Music, Memory and Nostagia

a two-day conference in conjunction with the Rediscovering Rachmaninoff festival presented by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Sponsored by the Center for Russian and East European Studies, The University of Pittsburgh Department of Music, The University of Pittsburgh College of Arts and Sciences, and The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra * Free admission to conference. * For information on purchasing concert tickets, visit or call 412-392-4900. View the complete schedule after the fold, or download the poster (pdf).

DAY ONE (Saturday, April 4), Rachmaninoff and Ideas of Past 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., Heinz Hall

• Joseph Horowitz (Artistic Advisor, PSO Rachmaninoff Festival) “Rachmaninoff and Retrospection” • Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) “Not Modern and Loving It” • Gianandrea Noseda (Guest Conductor, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra; Chief Conductor, BBC Philharmonic) “Re-Discovering Rachmaninoff: A Conductor’s Perspective”

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody, 8:00 pm, Heinz Hall

• Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Spring Cantata, Symphony No. 1 performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Gianandrea Noseda

DAY TWO (Sunday, April 5), Music, Memory and Nostalgia in 20th-century Russia, 10 a.m.– 12:30 p.m., Music Building, Room 132

• Anna Nisnevich (Conference Director, University of Pittsburgh) “Is It Possible to Pin Down Nostalgia?” • Kevin Bartig (Michigan State University) “Prokofiev’s Return and Stalinist Nostalgia” • William Quillen (University of California, Berkeley) “Back to the Future: The 1920s in Russian Music Today” • Olga Manulkina (St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia) “From the 19th Century: Leonid Desyatnikov’s Inherent Nostalgia”

Rachmaninoff Films Screening, 2 p.m., Bellefield Hall Auditorium

• Double Feature: Lean’s Brief Encounter, Herzog’s La Soufrière • Followed by discussion

Rachmaninoff Festival on Campus, 7:30 p.m., Bellefield Hall Auditorium

• Rachmaninoff’s two-piano original pieces and arrangements • Round-table discussion of the composer’s stylistic “Odyssey” with Anna Nisnevich and Gianandrea Noseda