- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 16, 2003

Many of Washington's leading cultural arts institutions, including the Smithsonian Associates and the Kennedy Center, will be holding tributes for the 300th anniversary of the founding of St. Petersburg this year.
Most of the events will take place in the first few months of 2003, but Hillwood Museum and Gardens, which is coordinating "St. Petersburg at 300 Years: Golden and Glorious," has its own exhibit of Russian art that will be on display throughout the year.
Hillwood is also planning a symposium in the spring in conjunction with Georgetown University called "Capitals by Design," which will focus on architecture and the arts in St. Petersburg and Russia. In June, Hillwood is planning a White Nights Festival. For information on any of these events, call Hillwood at 202/686-5807 or visit the museum online at www.hillwoodmuseum.org.
Some of the other Washington area tributes include:
The National Museum for Women in the Arts has an exhibition called "An Imperial Collection: Women Artists from the State Hermitage Museum," which focuses on the role women have played in Russian art as patrons and painters. The NMWA is also planning a symposium on the social and political changes in Russia from 1760 to 1860 and a family festival featuring Russian folk tales, music and crafts. Phone: 202/783-7370. Online: www.nmwa.org.
The Smithsonian Associates is planning more than 30 programs, lectures, exhibits and performances to commemorate St. Petersburg's anniversary, ranging from one-night classes and events that last all day or several days. Prices range from $12 to $225. Phone: 202/357-3030. Online: www.residentassociates.org.
The Washington Performing Arts Society has scheduled performances by Russian artists such as pianist Alexander Ghindin (Feb. 8 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater), the Kirov Orchestra (March 18 at the Kennedy Center Music Hall) and pianist Evgeny Kissin (May 3 at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall). For more information, call WPAS at 202/785-WPAS or go online to www.wpas.org.
'Vivat! St. Petersburg' is the three-week festival and tribute to the Russian city put together by Baltimore's leading cultural and arts institutions. Scheduled for Feb. 13-March 2, its highlights include "The Faberge Menagerie" at the Walters Art Museum; a reading of the Maxim Gorky's classic "Mother" by actress Olympia Dukakis at Center Stage; and a rare screening of Sergei Eisenstein's "October," hosted by the Maryland Film Festival and the Johns Hopkins University Film and Media Studies Program. Online: www.vivatfest.com.
Mark Stewart


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