Every two years, UNC’s Music Department puts on a “Festival on the Hill,” with a different theme every time.

This year – to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution – the festival will focus on Russian artists who migrated out of the country after the revolution, and the impact they had on global culture in the years thereafter.

It’s called “A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917.” Running Thursday and Friday, October 12-13, it’s both a festival and a conference, with speakers from across the country and live performances both nights.

Visit the festival’s homepage, CenturyOfMovement.UNC.edu.

The festival culminates with a pair of concerts Thursday and Friday night. Thursday evening at 7:30, guest trumpeter Peter Auricchio will join UNC faculty and students on stage for a concert in the Moeser Auditorium highlighting the works of Soviet-era Russian composers. Then on Saturday night at 8:00, Tonu Kalam and the UNC Symphony Orchestra will perform the music of Soviet-era Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich in Memorial Hall. (Tickets are available at the door for both shows.)

Jamie Blake and Grace Kweon, both music graduate students, are co-organizing this year’s festival – the first time it’s been organized by grad students. Blake spoke last week with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.


In addition to the concerts, the festival also features a two-day conference. Yale University’s Katerina Clark and Marina Frolova-Walker of Cambridge University are the keynote speakers: Clark on Thursday at 11:15 and Frolova-Walker on Friday at 2:00, both in Person Recital Hall.

Visit this page for a full schedule of events.