Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Hermitage-niks by Aliona van der Horst

THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS
PASSIE VOOR DE HERMITAGE
24th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA)
March 9 to 19, 2006; Montreal
Credit: The FIFA

TVOntario prepared a present for us:

Hermitage-niks: A Passion for the Hermitage

A Film by Aliona van der Horst
HERMITAGE-NIKS--the five-part, in-depth series version of THE HERMITAGE DWELLERS-- is not necessarily about the art that resides in the world renowned museum, but about the people who work in the Hermitage.

These "Hermitage-Niks" all have their own very personal reasons for considering the palace of Catharine the Great their "home." For them, it is a safe haven that quite literally has managed to keep the tumultuous Russian 20th century history outside its walls: from the Revolution, the terror of Stalin, WWII, the harsh post-Soviet years - all these events have left their mark on the museum. What starts out as a playful kaleidoscope of people and events in the museum gradually unfolds into a poignant account of how the dwellers' pain is transformed by their intimate relationship with a piece of art.
The five episodes of the series:
Episode 1 - A GLIMMER IN THE EYE
Episode 2 - GUARDIAN ANGELS
Episode 3 - EMPTY FRAMES
Episode 4 - SILENT SABOTAGE
Episode 5 - THE REMAINS OF AN ERA

Type: Documentary
Distributor: First Run/Icarus Films
Rating: NR
Running Time: 73 Minutes
Directed by: Aliona van der Horst

** Grand Prize, 2006 Montreal Festival of Films on Art
** Winner, Best Cultural Program, Dutch Academy Awards (2003)

Hermitage-niks: A Passion for the Hermitage
Episode 1
A Glimmer in the Eye
Art is an embellishment of life, but it can also be an indispensable counterweight for the darker side of existence. Given the catastrophes that Russia has gone through in the last century, art is no a superfluous luxury. Staff at the Hermitage do not work for money (their jobs are badly paid), but for "that other thing." Art handler Vadim, attendant Valentina and curator Juna tell us about their most beloved artworks and explain the cherished concept "Hermitage-nik."

On Air TVOntario: Thursday, December 28 at 10:01 PM

Episode 2
Guardian Angels
Alexandra (82), icon curator, has spent her entire life rescuing icons from destruction. Just as icons come alive for Alexandra, Rembrandt's Danae comes alive for other Hermitage-niks. This painting of "unworldly beauty" was severely damaged in 1985 by a lunatic. It was a most traumatic experience for the Hermitage employees, who speak of Danae as if she were a dear friend.

On Air TVOntario: Thursday, December 28 at 10:30 PM

Episode 3
Empty Frames
Olga (76) is head of museum maintenance. This unofficial czarina of the Hermitage runs her department with a firm hand and is forever marked by the Second World War when she and the Hermitage-niks saved the artworks from the mortality of war. But art was also their savior in times of hunger and cold.

On Air TVOntario: Thursday, January 04 at 10:00 PM

Episode 4
Silent Sabotage
In the 1930s, Stalin sold off the collection's best works. The Hermitage-niks hid many works that had not already been sold, such as the wonderful paintings of Monet and Matisse, burying them away in the bowels of the museum. Stalin and his cronies called works like these "capitalistic, depraved art," but the Hermitage-niks gave the censorship commission a taste of its own medicine.

On Air TVOntario: Thursday, January 04 at 10:24 PM

Episode 5
The Remains of an Era
Catherine the Great is still omnipresent in her winter palace. Her megalomaniacal, gluttonous acquisitions are in stark contrast to the Hermitage's present-day purchases. Petersburgers try to pass their last heirlooms on to the museum, while schoolchildren gape at the splendour of bygone times.

On Air TVOntario: Thursday, January 04 at 10:49 PM

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An interview with Aliona van der Horst
Shohreh Jandaghian
Credit: Digital Journal Online


The Hermitage Documentary Premiered
On 16 September, 2003, in the Hermitage Theater, the Kingdom of the Netherlands’ Program for the Tercentenary of St. Petersburg "Window on the Netherlands 2003" presented the premiere of the documentary "Passion for the Hermitage" ("Ermitazhniki"). This is a joint project of the State Hermitage Museum and the Hermitage Friends Society in the Netherlands, supported by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in St. Petersburg.
Credit: The State Hermitage Museum: Hermitage News


'Hermitage Dwellers' is a work of art and heart
MOVIE REVIEW
By Michael Hardy, Globe Correspondent
September 8, 2006
Credit: The Boston Globe

Time pieces: The Hermitage Dwellers, Terry Gilliam
By GERALD PEARY
September 6, 2006
Credit: The Phoenix Media/Communications Group


Video: Fanclubx.com Interviews Aliona van der Horst "Voices of Bam"
238 days ago by luisoffanclubx

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Toronto: Christmas Around the World Festival

42nd Annual Christmas Around the World Festival

Christmas is coming,
the geese are getting fat...

I love this event when the Community Folk Art Council of Toronto and its member groups bringings together more then a dosen of different ethnic community Christmas displays at the Annual Christmas Around the World Festival at Toronto City Hall Rotunda.
This year the Russian Folklore Theatre "Russian Style" will be performing there on December the 3rd.


42nd Annual Christmas Around the World Festival
Presented by: Community Folk Arts Council

Countries and Communities Participating: Slovak Republick, Hungary, Serbia, Madeira, Poland, Pioneer Canada, Russia, Philipines, Mexico, Ukraine, Macedonia, Scotland, Switzerland, Portugal, Colombia and Chile

When: Saturday, December 2 & Sunday, December 3, 2006
Time: 12 - 5pm
Venue: Toronto City Hall
Location: 100 Queen St. W., Toronto [view map]
Cost: Free

Getting there: Queen St. W. at Bay St. Subway: Queen or Osgoode stations. Queen Street car or Bay St. bus.

For more information contact: Wendy Limbertie
Phone: 416-368-8743
Email: cfac.toronto@sympatico.ca

Web site: http://www.cfactoronto.com

Credit: livewithculture.ca

photo from flickr


Toronto City Hall at Christmas >>
Uploaded by airport_sleeper on 10 Dec '05, 2.16pm PST.

Christmas Around the World Festival – Festival Around Rotunda >>
Photo: Liudmila Cherniak

links:

December Toronto Events Calendar to plan your holiday season.
(PDF 413 Kb)

City of Toronto: Toronto Culture - Christmas Events
http://www.toronto.ca/culture/christmas-events.htm

Join CFAC at Yonge Dundas Square every weekend from November 25 to December 17, 2006 to see live dance performances from 2 pm to 4 pm. Free Admission.

Holiday Traditions from Around the Globe: Folk performances:

Saturday, November 25 - Serbia - Oplenac Serbian Cultural Association >>
Sunday, November 26 - Slovenia - Mladi Glas & Planika Dance Companies >>
Saturday, December 2 - Mexico - Grupo Folklorico Viva Mexico >>
Sunday, December 3 - Middle East - Folkloric Banat El Sharq Dance Troupe >>
Saturday, December 9 - Portugal - G.F.A.M. Barcelos C.C.
Sunday, December 10 - Chile - Grupo Chile >>
Saturday, December 16 - Mexico - Grupo Folklorico Viva Mexico >>
Sunday, December 17 - Ecuador - Huairapungo Ecuadorian Ethnocultural Group


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Monday, October 16, 2006

Readings From Russia at Chapters Runnymede



I’ve got a letter today with some questions regarding the Readings from Russia event.
  • What is happening at that Readings?
  • Is he just reading in Russian?
  • Do they have books so that you can follow the Readings?
  • I have in Russian 'Voina i Mir' and I would like to hear how he reads that.
Please and thanks.
Now, I can show the pictures which are telling more then words about this interesting occasion.

And my short answers are:
  • Vladimir Shatsev gives introductions to some of the great works of Russian literature.
  • Vladimir gives his presentations in English.
  • O, yes, you can buy the books at the Chapters Runnymede or order them on-line.
  • I think, Vladimir could read for you some pieces from War and Peace in Russian.

Vladimir Shatsev: A picture moment.
Credit: itceremony
links:

Vladimir Shatsev: Readings from Russia

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Friday, October 13, 2006

Oksana’s Journey From Fall to Flickr

Fall 2006 Flicr's Set
Photography by Oksana Shlakhter


Сегодня случайно вышла в сад. А там осень. Так жаль...
Почему-то лета ждёшь-ждёшь... А осень всегда приходит внезапно.
Встанешь однажды, выглянешь в окно, а на траве багряные листья...
Вся-то осень - с опавший лист...
Copyright © 2006 Oksana Shlakhter


Today I’ve heard on the radio that this weekend is the last one for fall foliage watchers.
But what will keep my memory about this colorful fall’s season is this full of feelings photo journey of Oksana into her garden.
There are my humble attempts to interpret it.

Today I have occasionally come into my garden. And there has already come fall. It is so pity...
For some reasons you’ve been waiting for summer for a long time... But fall always comes all of a sudden.
You wake up once in the morning, look out into a window, and crimson leaves rested on grass...
The fall is dropped down like this fallen down leaf...
It's not so laconic like in Russian, but you can try to translate this passage.
I am looking forward to read your version.


Oksana's Pro Photo Collection on flickr
Credit: Oksana Shlakhter

links:

Talanted Photo Artist
Oksana Shlakhter: Remembering Victory Day

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Vladimir Shatsev: Readings from Russia

Readings from Russia
Credit: The Russian House Community Centre

The Russian House Community Centre & Chapters Runnymede
present

Readings from Russia

When: Tuesdays in October 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Chapters Runnymede Theatre
Location: 2225 Bloor Street West, Toronto
(Bloor subway at Runnymede station)
Google map: Runnymede - Chapters, 2225 Bloor Street West

Join Vladimir Shatsev at Chapters Runnymede for a relaxed and lively introduction to some of the great works of Russian literature.

October 10
Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev >>>
Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov >>>

October 17
Crime and Punishment by Fedor Dostoyevsky
The Compromise by Sergey Dovlatov

October 24
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin by Vladimir Voinovich

October 31
Dead Souls
by Nikoai Gogol
Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
Life and Fate by Vasilii Grossman
Speak Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

For more information call 416-761-9773

Vladimir Shatsev, M.A., originlly taught in the schools and universities of St.Petersburg, Russia developing the innovative teaching ideas which have won him international acclaim from the BBC, Radio Liberty in New York, and the International Harwich Festival in England.


Русские Чтения - Readings from Russia

10 романов великих русских писателей в книжном салоне Chapters:

Иван Тургенев и Михаил Булгаков,
Федор Достоевский и Сергей Довлатов,
Лев Толстой и Владимир Войнович,
Иван Гончаров и Владимир Набоков,
Николай Гоголь и Василий Гроссман.

Почему следует прочитать эти книги?

В октябре 2006 в салоне книжного магазина Chapters пройдут беседы о пользе и удовольствии от чтения и перечитывания этих авторов.
Цель их – заинтересовать, поделиться знаниями, чтобы вы услышали живые голоса писателей, способных быть нашими современниками и собеседниками.

Проведет эти беседы Владимир Шацев, преподаватель словесности из Санкт-Петербурга.
Собеседников поражают его глубокое знание русской классической литературы и оригинальные методы ее интерпретации, его непринужденная манера разговора и юмор.
Все это подкупает и заставляет еще и еще раз встретиться с Владимиром, чтобы дослушать недослушанное, высказать то, что пришло в голову после беседы.

Беседы организованы Chapters Runnymede Theatre совместно с общественным центром Русский дом (Russian House Community Centre) и Русским Конгрессом Канады (Russian Speaking Congress of Canada).

В октябре 2006 Владимир Шацев ждет вас каждый вторник в 7:30 вечера в салоне книжного магазина Chapters (2225 Bloor St. W. Станция метро Runnymede).

Беседы проходят на английском языке.

Более подробная информация по телефону 416-761-9773


Readings from Russia: 10 Great Russian Writers Come Alive at Chapters

Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy, Fedor Dostoevsky, Ivan Goncharov & Nikolai Gogol are among the great names of Russian writers in the nineteenth century. Their novels open us to a wide world of thought & emotion, tragedy & farce, brutality & compassion. And even though the nineteenth century may seen far behind us in time, the characters of these stories, their dramas & fates, can still speak to us in the twenty-first century. Their voices are just waiting to be heard…
Fortunately, there is one man who can help us hear those voices, who can give us the reasons to open a book we may have heard of (like War and Peace), but which we have never read, who can inspire us to take the time to listen to these voices who have so much to say to us – about Russia, about the struggle to love a wife, a husband, or a child, about a world of chaos & beauty & catastrophe, but most of all: about ourselves.
That man is Vladimir Shatsev, a prominent teacher of the great Russian writers of the nineteenth & twentieth centuries, whom you can meet at Chapters Runnymede during the month of October.
Before arriving in Canada, Vladimir worked in the schools & universities of St. Petersburg, developing the innovative ideas & attitudes towards teaching which won him the respect & enjoyment of his students, as well as international acclaim from the BBC, Radio Liberty in New York, & the International Harwich Festival in England.
When I first met Vladimir, I was struck by three things: his knowledge of the world of the books & writers he would speak about, his wonderful touches of humour & whimsy which put me at ease, & his genuine ability to share the humanity of these voices in a way that made me want to track down these titles & discover them for myself.
During October, Vladimir will be presenting brief introductions to 10 great Russian writers – 5 from the nineteenth century, & 5 from the twentieth century. You may have read – or heard of – some of these books, but you don’t need to have read any of them! Vladimir’s goal is to intrigue you with his knowledge, his humour & his wonderful grammatical errors, so that you can start to listen to those voices from another time, another country, which can still speak to all of us today.
Vladimir Shatsev will be appearing at Chapters Runnymede, each Tuesday in October at 7:30 p.m.
For further information about Readings from Russia, please phone Chapters Runnymede: 416-761-9773.
Randall Withell, Chapters Runnymede

Copyright © 2006 Randall Withell


Кустодиев Борис Михаилович
Московский трактир. Масло. 1916

Credit: Государственная Третьяковская Галерея | The State Tretyakov Gallery - The National Museum of Russian Fine Art

links:

Toronto Culture::Readings from Russia
Presented by: Russian House Community Centre

Toronto Arts Online::Readings from Russia
Presented by: Russian House Community Centre


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Thursday, September 21, 2006

OPEN HOUSE 2006: Russian Canadian Cultural Aid Society (RCCAS)

Русское Культурно-Просветительное Общество
Приглашает на День Открытых Дверей
Credit: RCCAS

Dear Friends,

The Russian Canadian Cultural Aid Society

Invites to the Open House

When: Sunday, October 1, 2006
Time: 4:00PM
Where: The Russian Canadian Cultural Aid Society
Address: 91 Kersdale Ave., Toronto, Ontario M6M 1E4
Google map: 91 Kersdale Ave., Toronto, Ontario M6M 1E4

In the program:
5:00 PM
Presentation of a documentary film "Russian Choice"
Director Nikita Mikhalkov

Come and join us for entertainment, refreshments, tea, coffee
Zakuski will be available for purchase

Everyone is welcome
Admission is FREE

For information call:
Maria Nikolaevna Blagoveshchenskaya: 416-489-3077
Elena Klinaeva: 416-736-4940
е-mail: russinanclub@rccas.ca
Web: www.rccas.ca



The Russian Canadian Cultural Aid Society events
Photos: Oksana Shlakhter

Дорогие Друзья,

Русское Культурно-Просветительное Общество
Приглашает на День Открытых Дверей

Когда: Воскресенье, 1 октября 2006
Время: с 4 часов вечера
Где: Русское Культурно-Просветительное Общество
Адрес: 91 Kersdale Ave., Toronto, ON M6M 1E4, Old Weston Rd. & Rogers Rd.
Google map: 91 Kersdale Ave., Toronto, Ontario M6M 1E4

В программе:
Просмотр документального фильма
"Русский Выбор"
Режиссер Никита Михалков

Угощение, Чай, Кофе
Работает буфет, бар

Добро пожаловать
Вход бесплатный

Телефон для справок:
Мария Николаевна Благовещенская: 416-489-3077
Елена Клинаева: 416-736-4940
е-mail: russinanclub@rccas.ca
Web: www.rccas.ca

About Russian Canadian Cultural Aid Society (RCCAS):

* founded - in 1950 as a non profit organization
* run - entirely by volunteers.
* mission - to promote and maintain rich Russian cultural traditions and help new immigrants integrate into the Canadian way of life
* activities - сoncerts, lectures, folkdancing, drama club, chess club ...
* participation - in cultural festivals in Toronto and the GTA, and to provide social and cultural support to Canadians of Russian origin
* pavilion - Novgorod as a part of Toronto International Caravan Festival for 24 years
* welcomes - all Canadians to participate in events, enjoy concerts, and various artistic performances and to experience the culture and traditions.

links:

Никита Михалков. Русский выбор
(телеканал "Россия", 2003 год)
Пресса
Фотоальбом
Информация
Отзывы
Source: Никита Михалков

«Никита Михалков. Русский выбор» (2003)
«Студия ТРИТЭ Никиты Михалкова», Телеканал «Россия»
Фильмография:
Документальная многосерийная лента о судьбе русской эмиграции.
У каждого человека есть свой выбор: сказать или промолчать, погибнуть или выжить, двигаться или остановиться. И в конечном итоге рано или поздно каждому человеку приходиться делать свой выбор. Русские изгнанники выбрали сохранение национальных идей и ценностей, с утратой которых, наша страна может потерять жизненную энергию и государственный потенциал. Фильм о подвиге людей, сумевших сохранить Россию без России.
Source: Телеканал "РОССИЯ"

Телеканал Россия: Поиск «Никита Михалков. Русский выбор»

The Delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Returns From Escorting the Remains of General Denikin and Ivan Ilyin
In 2002 the Russian Cultural Fund began filming "Russians without Russia," the first part of which, "Russian Choice," was devoted to the Civil War, the retreat of the White soldiers and their fates abroad. This movie, which first told the historical truth about the White Movement, its heroes and participants to the Russian people, was broadcast in December 2003, as the first phase in the return to Russia of her warrior-defender and her philosopher.
NEW YORK: October 7, 2005
Source: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Toronto Events: AKAFIST 2006 Canadian Tour

The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation Event

AKAFIST
Russian Male Chamber Choir conducted by Andrei Malyutin

Fifth Canadian Tour
September 8 to October 5, 2006

The members of AKAFIST dedicate their 2006 concert tour to the memory of MAESTRO KENNETH G. MILLS for his international patronage of sacred choral music

“Rich and vibrant, the choir’s sound ranged from high tenor to basso profundo, and from ear-buzzing fortissimos to the softest pianissimos.”
The Globe and Mail

• INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED
• MAGNIFICENT RUSSIAN CHORAL TRADITION

Presented by The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation
P. O. Box 790, Station F
Toronto, Ontario M4Y 2N7
Tel. (800) 437-1454 • Email: info@kgmfoundation.org
www.kgmfoundation.org

Concert Schedule

• Friday, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m., All Serbian Saints Church, Mississauga
• Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:00 p.m., St. Arsenije Sremac Serbian Church, Whitby
• Sunday, Sept. 10, 3:00 p.m., Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Markham
• Friday, Sept. 15, 8:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral, London
• Saturday, Sept. 16, 8:00 p.m., St. Paul’s Basilica, Toronto
• Sunday, Sept. 17, 1:00 p.m., St. Michael the Archangel Serbian Orthodox Church, Toronto
• Sunday, Sept. 17, 7:00 p.m., Doon Presbyterian Church, Kitchener
• Wednesday Sept. 20, 12:30 p.m., University of Waterloo, Conrad Grebel University College
• Wednesday, Sept. 20, 8:00 p.m., Dublin Street United Church, Guelph
• Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
5633 Hwy 7, Markham (905) 294-5955
• Friday, Sept. 22, 12:30 p.m., University of Western Ontario
Kuster Hall (519) 661-2111
• Friday, Sept. 22, 7:30 p.m., Eglinton St. George’s United Church
35 Lytton Blvd.., Toronto (416) 481-1141
• Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:00 p.m., St. Dimitar Bulgarian Orthodox Church
1555 Steeles Ave. West, Brampton (905) 861-9111
• Sunday, Sept. 24, 2:00 p.m., Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church
23 Henry Street, Toronto (416) 265-5651
• Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:30 p.m., McMaster University
Convocation (University) Hall, 1280 Mary Street West, Hamilton (905) 525-9140
• Friday, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m., All Saint’s Anglican Church
300 Dundas Street West, Whitby (905) 668-5101
• Saturday, Sept. 30, 8:00 p.m., St. George’s Cathedral
King and Johnson Streets, Kingston (613) 548-4617
• Sunday, Oct. 1, 8:00 p.m., Colours of Music Festival
Burton Ave. United Church, 37 Burton Ave., Barrie (705) 726-4980
• Tuesday, Oct. 3, 12:15 a.m., Tyndale University & Seminary
25 Ballyconnor Court, Toronto (416) 226-6380
• Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Christ’s Church Cathedral
252 James Street North Hamilton (905) 527-1316

THE KENNETH G. MILLS FOUNDATION
RUSSIAN MALE CHAMBER CHOIR, AKAFIST, TO SING IN TORONTO
Press Release
Toronto, July 18, 2006…The internationally acclaimed a cappella Russian male chamber choir, AKAFIST, will perform over 25 concerts in Toronto and southern Ontario on its fifth Canadian tour, scheduled for September 2006. The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation is pleased to sponsor its greatly anticipated return engagement.

The choir was organized in 1990 by artistic director and conductor Andrei V.Malyutin, and is composed of 15 musicians possessing extraordinary vocal skills and liturgical experience in orthodox churches and monasteries in Moscow.

AKAFIST has sung in international choral and music festivals in Moscow, Omsk, Ples, Riga, Toronto (Roy Thomson Hall), Montreal, and Newport among others. The choir was a prizewinner among professional choirs in Hainovka, Poland, and took third place in the International Vocal Ensembles Competition in Korntal-Munhingen, Germany. It has performed to capacity audiences on all of its four previous concert tours in Canada and the United States.

AKAFIST’s a cappella repertoire combines vast traditions of Russian folk songs with church music spanning five centuries. Reviewer Tamara Bernstein of The Globe and Mail said of its performances during the 1993 International Choral Festival in Toronto, “Rich and vibrant, the choir’s sound ranged from high tenor to basso profundo, and from ear-buzzing fortissimos to the softest pianissimos.” CD Review has said of AKAFIST’s recent CD: “A moment that can only be described as sublime.”

The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and extension of the works of its founder, Dr. Kenneth G. Mills, and to the continuation of Dr. Mills’ munificent philanthropic support of education and the arts. Dr. Mills initiated the sponsorship of AKAFIST’s first concert tour of Canada in 1992.

For ticket information please call: (800) 437-1454 or (416) 410-0453.
Special group rates are available.
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Russian choir to sing at church

Sep 14, 2006
The internationally-acclaimed a cappella Russian male chamber choir Akafist will perform at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Markham on Sept. 21.
They performed to capacity audiences on all four of their previous concert tours in Canada and the United States.
Akafist's a capella repertoire combines traditions of Russian folk songs with church music spanning five centuries.
The choir was organized in 1990 by artistic director and conductor Andrei V. Malyutin and is composed of 15 musicians with liturgical experience in orthodox churches and monasteries in Moscow.
Akafist has sung in international choral and music festivals in Moscow, Toronto and Montreal. The choir took third place in the international vocal ensembles competitions in Germany.
The Kenneth G. Mills Foundation is sponsoring the choir's return.
The foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the preservation and extension of the works of its founder Dr. Kenneth G. Mills and to the continuation of his support of education and the arts.
Tickets (including G.S.T.) are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students. Admission at the door.
St. Patrick's Catholic Church is at 5633 Highway 7 in Markham on Thurs. Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.
For more information, call 416-410-0453.
Source: www.yorkregion.com

Russian choir launches Friday concerts

Akafist, a 15-member, all-male chamber choir from Moscow brings the magnificent traditions of Russian choral art to Western on September 22 at 12:30.
Source: http://communications.uwo.ca

Concerts and Special Services @ ESG
Event: Akafist Male Choir
Date: Friday, September 22, 7:30 pm. Tickets $20; Students and Seniors $15.
Location: Eglinton St. George's United Church
Details: The last time this extraordinary Russian male choir performed in our building, they sang to a full house, earning standing ovations and raves in the press. Don’t miss their return! They will perform both sacred and folk music.
Source:www.esgunited.org

Свято-Троицкая Русская Православная Церковь Заграницей
Знаменитый мужской церковный хор из Москвы "Акафист" поет в нашем храме литургию в воскресенье 24 сентября в 10 часов утра и затем в 2 часа в приходском зале даст концерт. Билеты по $15 заказывайте у матушки И. Беляй по телефону: 416-534-6434

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto
23 Henry Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M5T 1W9
Tel.: (416)979-2990
Fax: (416)265-2444
(КАРТА)
Ближайшее пересечение главных улиц:
College St. & University Ave.
TCC/Метро: Queen's Park

About AKAFIST Choir
The prizewinner of international contests AKAFIST is an all-male chamber choir devoted to continuing the magnificent traditions of the Russian choral art and Orthodox Church singing culture.

Organized in 1990 by artistic director and conductor Andrei V. Malyutin, the choir is composed of musicians possessing extraordinary vocal skills and considerable liturgical experience in Orthodox Churches and Monasteries in Moscow.

During its existence, AKAFIST took part in church services in Novo-Spassky Monastery and gave many concerts in different Russian and Baltic cities. They have presented choral music in international choral and music festivals in Moscow, Omsk, Ples, Riga, Toronto, Montreal, Marktoberdorf, Newport, Chautauqua, Cape May, Huntington and others. AKAFIST was a prizewinner among professional choirs at the 10th Orthodox Choral Festival in Hainovka, Poland and took third place in the International Vocal Ensembles Competition in Korntal-Munhingen, Germany.

Repertoire

The repertoire of the male chamber choir consists of the chants of the Russian Orthodox Church of the 16th through the 20th centuries and Russian folk songs. The choir performs pieces of unison Znamenny Chant, monastery chants of the Kiev Pechersk and Troitse-Sergieva Lavras and pieces of church composers of both the 19th and 20th centuries such as Kastalsky, Arhangelsky, Chesnokov, Kalinnikov, Golovanov, Bortniansky, Grechaninov and others.

Contact AKAFIST:
Andrei V. Malyutin, Artistic Director and Conductor
Dmitri Smirnoff, Vice-President
akafist@aha.ru

Choral Scene - The Wholenote Magazine
September 1 - October 7, 2006
I often wax nostalgic for the wonderful Niki Goldschmidt Joy of Singing festivals of 1989, 1993 and 2002. One of the highlights of 1993 was the Russian male choir Akafist, who gave several stunning performances of repertoire seldom heard in these parts. Well, Akafist is touring southern Ontario extensively this month, so there is no excuse to miss them. They’ll be in Kingston, London, Barrie, Markham, Kitchener, Guelph and several other towns, and will give more than one concert in Toronto. For information and tour dates, visit www.kennethgmills.com/akafist or call 1-800-437-1454 or 416-410-0453.
by Larry Beckwith
Source: www.thewholenote.com


Akafist: Famous Russian Choral Works CD
Source: www.emusic.com
Beruhmte Russische Chorwerke
Listen <<<
Artist: Akafist
Release Date: January 1, 2005
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera
Label: haenssler CLASSIC / IODA
Conductor: Andrei V. Malutin
Source: www.emusic.com

We are very grateful to Elena from Elena’s Jewellery by Russian Masters boutique for information about this concert. "This is not just Jewellery - this is Art!"

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Vladimir Shatsev: Generation Gap and More

Рисунок И.С. Тургенева "Базаров" из романа "Отцы и дети". "Игра в портреты".
Ivan Turgenev's portrait of Bazarov from the novel "Fathers and Sons“.
"Великий человек - ни больше, ни меньше! Печальный, нелюдимый, глубокий, могучий, одинокий. Он мог бы стать народным вождем, не будь он слишком большим философом. Может быть неотразимо красноречивым-иногда вспыльчив до ярости, обычно молчалив и исполнен горечи. Большое сердце и в самой глубине души много скрытой нежности."
Source: www.Turgenev.org.ru

Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev: Generation Gap and More

Essay
by Vladimir Shatsev

Fathers and Sons is a Russian novel. Russian novel... It means that leading characters are passionate, often full of radical ideas, and a bit crazy.

In the middle of WWII when North America paid special attention to Russian culture, Sinclair Lewis wrote a foreword to the new edition of Fathers and Sons and thereby reintroduced this novel to a new generation of readers. I would like to do something similar now.

The novel Fathers and Sons, published in 1862, shocked Russian society. Both conservatives or liberals as well as radicals read this book enthusiastically, but they did not want to recognize themselves there.

This aroused readers' interest is comparable with people's reaction nowadays to bestsellers like The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. It is an example how a great number of people who disagree with the author’s concept, however continue to read and discuss it.

My comparison is a result of reflection. Among the many themes of The DaVinci Code is the hidden sexuality of Christian civilization. Among the many themes of Angels and Demons is Science. These two: the dedication of himself to Science and his barely controlled passions are the features of the leading character Evgeny Bazarov, a graduate student with plans to be a doctor. He believes only in what he himself has scientifically experienced. "A chemist who knows his business is twenty times as useful as any poet."

Bazarov is a nihilist. This nihilism sets out to denounce and deny all social and ethical values. "But allow me," began Nikolai Petrovich, "You deny everything, or to put it more precisely, you destroy everything... But one must construct, too, you know.""That is not our business... we must first clear the ground."

Vladimir Nabokov, in his "Lectures on Russian Literature" wrote: "He might have become, beyond the horizon of the novel, a great social thinker, a prominent physician, or an active revolutionary". I would like to add something to that, i.e. an active revolutionary might be the same person as a terrorist.

The love story in the novel is the most thrilling story. The beginning of this story is: "Anyhow, she’s delightful," said Arkady. "What a magnificent body," went on Bazarov. "How I would like to see it on the dissecting table." The ending of this story is: "Well, what I am to say to you? That I loved you? There was no sense in that even before, and less than even now. Love is a form, and my own form is already decaying. I do better to say how fine you are. Even now you are standing there, so beautiful."

It is worth reading and rereading, because true human passions are never old fashioned and always new.

It is about every reader, because the love triangle (or "love square") depicted here is familiar to everybody.

It is about every reader, who has ever discussed something, forgetting the goal of discussion, and having only the subconscious goal of impressing his or her companion.

It is about us because even if we have not participated in duels, we have dreamt of something like that.

Fathers and Sons is about everything, Life and Death in the final analysis, about Turgenev’s special philosophy of "eternal reconciliation and life without end".

It is first and foremost about the generation gap. It is for everybody who has ever argued with their parents or everybody who has been irritated or abused by the younger generation.

It is about yesterday, today, and the future. It is not a book, but a magic mirror now in your hand.

Sinclair Lewis wrote that Bazarov deserves the same degree of fame as Don Quixote or Sherlock Holmes. Oh, yes, and therefore, Ivan Turgenev with his best book, deserves the same fame as Miguelle De Cervantes and Arthur Conan Doyle. The book as well...

Questions
1. Have you ever read any Russian novels of the XIX century?
2. "A chemist who knows his business is twenty times as useful as any poet". Are you in agreement with this statement?
3. Do you think that the generation gap is an eternal phenomenon?
4. What is the difference between nihilism in the Turgenev’s novel and in the modern world?
5. Have you ever read a book where the main character had been absolutely transformed by love?

Here is the list of the books that it would be better to read after Fathers and Sons.
Also by Ivan Turgenev:
  • Rudin
  • On the Eve
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (1866)
Anton Chekhov, The Duel (1891)

Copyright © 2006 Vladimir N. Shatsev

About Author:
Vladimir N. Shatsev, from St. Petersburg, is a prominent teacher of Literature with original ideas and attitudes. He has been invited for “Readings from Russia” at Chapters, to give Canadians an additional impulse to enter the enchanting and eccentric world of Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bulgakov, and others.

This is an essay from the series “Readings from Russia”.
Vladimir Shatsev: Magic in Your Soul
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov: The Magnificent Book about Magic in Your Soul
Essay by Vladimir Shatsev


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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Toronto Word Festival: Celebrating of Publishing World

The Word On The Street (WOTS) Toronto: National Annual Outdoor Book and Magazine Festival
Credit: www.thewordonthestreet.ca


I would like to invite everybody to THE WORD ON THE STREET TORONTO Festival.

Celebrating of Publishing World in Toronto

250 book & magazine vendors
120 featured authors

When: Sunday, September 24, 2006
Time: 11 am - 6 pm
Location: Queen's Park, Toronto
Getting there: Queen's Park Subway Station
Admission: Free
Please visit www.thewordonthestreet.ca for details

Festival Program (80 pages)
Festival at a Glance (6 pages)
Festival Map
Festival Exhibitor List

What is on our list:

Wordshop Marquee
Time: 12:30 PM
Blogging Toronto
Moderated by Matt Blackett
Discussion Panel
Moderator Matthew Blackett of Spacing Magazine spreads Blogging Toronto: a discussion panel which focus on the world of websites that are dedicated to covering the side variety of topics that affect Toronto, its neighbourhoods, and its people. The panelists will include Rannie Turingan of photojunkie.ca and torontoist.com; Time Shore, BlogTO mastermind; Antonia Zerbisias, Toronto Star blog journalist and Marc Weisblott, publisher of Paved.ca. They will discuss the positive and negative social implications of blogging, as well as the community and culture that these virtual gathering spaces help cultivate. A Q&A with audience members will follow.

Wordshop Marquee
Time: 1:25 PM
Self-Publishing Secrets Revealed!
Manisha Solomon
Seminar
So you have a message to share? Do you want to establish yourself as an expert in your field or industry? Do you have a book inside you that is bursting to get out? Join the rank who started out by self-publishing their own books. Manisha Solomon of Solotext Editorial will reveal ten secrets about the self-publishing process. These will include: Where to get an ISBN (for FREE!). The truth about Copyright, Why "Everyone" is not your target market, How to get the writing process started, and Alternatives to the print book {eBooks}.
Manisha Solomon is considered to be one of Canada's leading self-publishing experts. She is the author of The Indie Approach to Publishing in Canada: The Self-Publisher's Rites of Passage. She is also the owner of Solotext Editorial.

You can take a look on Liudmila Cherniak's notes and photos from one of the Manisha's self-publishing seminars.
Some thoughts from last year festival: Back to Analog World: Words, Papers, Magazines, Books, Presentations, Readings, Performances, Dialogs, Monologs and a Lot of Doubts ‘to Buy or not to Buy’.

You and your family, friends and neighbours are invited to celebrate the joy of reading at The Word On The Street Book & Magazine Fair. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the last Sunday in September, Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener, Toronto and Halifax will unite Canada in a national celebration of literacy and the printed word.

If You Do Not Read Books, You Will Forget the Alphabet Soon!
Если книг читать не будешь, скоро грамоту забудешь!
Unknown Author, 1925

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

TIFF06: Borat SOLD OUT

What movie are you dying to see at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival?
Source: Sympatico / MSN TIFF : Home : Hub

That is why Borat is sold out. People are dying to see this mockumentary.

32% - Borat (Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan)
25% - Last Kiss
22% - Babel
15% - Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy (Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show: 30 Days & 30 Nights-Hollywood to the Heartland)
6% - Away From Her

But not only Borat is sold out. The Italian, The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, and dozens of other movies are sold out too.

Don’t be upset. We still have same day tickets and rush tickets available. If we are lucky.
For now we have tickets:

To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die (Bihisht Faqat Baroi Murdagon) Чтобы Попасть В Рай, Ты Должен Умереть

Building a Broken Mousetrap

Nouvelle Chance

The Island (Остров)

Outsourced

Paris, Je T'aime

See you at "the festival of festivals".

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Pre-Fest Talk 2006: Discuss newly announced screenings at TIFF 2006, ... It isn’t that surprising that The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema is sold out on the ...
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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

TIFF06: My Russian Film List

31st Toronto International Film Festival®
Thursday, September 7, 2006 - Saturday, September 16, 2006

As Torontonians, we are lucky to have a cinema “festival of festivals” for 10 days in the city.
I have 10 movies in My Film List (compare with last year):

The Pervert's Guide to Cinema
Programme: REAL TO REEL
Director: Sophie Fiennes
Country: United Kingdom/Austria/The Netherlands
Year: 2006
Language: English
Time: 150 minutes
Film Types: Colour/BW/HDCAM
Rating: 18A
SCREENING TIMES:
Thursday, September 07 5:00 PM ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM
Saturday, September 09 12:15 PM CUMBERLAND 3
Thursday, September 14 8:30 PM VARSITY 7


Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Programme: MIDNIGHT MADNESS
Director: Larry Charles
Country: USA
Year: 2006
Language: English
Time: 82 minutes
Film Types: Colour/35mm
SCREENING TIMES:
Thursday, September 07 11:59 PM RYERSON
Saturday, September 09 1:15 PM PARAMOUNT 2


The Italian (Italianetz) Итальянец
Programme: CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
Director: Andrei Kravchuk
Country: Russia
Year: 2005
Language: Russian
Time: 99 minutes
Film Types: Colour/35mm
Rating: 14A
SCREENING TIMES:
Friday, September 08 9:45 AM PARAMOUNT 3
Sunday, September 10 7:30 PM VARSITY 3



To Get to Heaven First You Have to Die (Bihisht Faqat Baroi Murdagon) Чтобы Попасть В Рай, Ты Должен Умереть
Programme: CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
Director: Djamshed Usmonov
Country: France/Germany/Russia/Switzerland
Year: 2006
Language: Tajik, Russian
Time: 90 minutes
Film Types: Colour/35mm
SCREENING TIMES:
Friday, September 08 10:00 AM PARAMOUNT 4
Friday, September 15 8:45 PM VARSITY 2



The Island (Ostrov) Остров
Programme: VISIONS
Director: Pavel Lounguine
Country: Russia
Year: 2006
Language: Russian
Time: 112 minutes
Film Types: Colour/35mm
Rating: 14A
SCREENING TIMES:
Monday, September 11 11:30 AM CUMBERLAND 1
Friday, September 15 12:45 PM VARSITY 4



Beales of Grey Gardens + Psychiatry in Russia

Film Title: The Beales of Grey Gardens
Programme: DIALOGUES: TALKING WITH PICTURES
Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Ian Markiewicz
Country: USA
Year: 2006
Language: English
Time: 90 minutes
Film Types: Colour/Digital Betacam
Rating: PG

Film Title: Psychiatry in Russia
Programme: DIALOGUES: TALKING WITH PICTURES
Director: Albert Maysles
Country: USA
Year: 1955
Language: English
Time: 14 minutes
Film Types: BW/Betacam SP NTSC
Rating: PG
SCREENING TIMES:
Monday, September 11 2:15 PM AL GREEN THEATRE



Outsourced
Programme: CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
Director: John Jeffcoat
Country: USA
Year: 2006
Language: English
Time: 98 minutes
Film Types: Colour/HDCAM
Rating: PG
SCREENING TIMES:
Tuesday, September 12 5:30 PM VARSITY 8
Thursday, September 14 2:30 PM VARSITY 8
Saturday, September 16 7:30 PM VARSITY 8



When The Levees Broke: A Requiem In Four Acts
Programme: MASTERS
Director: Spike Lee
Country: USA
Year: 2006
Language: English
Time: 240 minutes
Film Types: Colour/HDCAM
Rating: PG
SCREENING TIMES:
Friday, September 15 6:00 PM RYERSON
Saturday, September 16 11:45 AM VARSITY 8



Trance (Transe)
Programme: CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
Director: Teresa Villaverde
Country: Portugal/France/Russia/Italy
Year: 2006
Language: Russian, German, Italian, Portuguese
Time: 126 minutes
Film Types: Colour/35mm
SCREENING TIMES:
Thursday, September 14 9:30 PM CUMBERLAND 2
Saturday, September 16 2:45 PM VARSITY 1



Primo Levi's Journey (La Strada di Levi)
Programme: REAL TO REEL
Director: Davide Ferrario
Country: Italy
Year: 2006
Language: Italian
Time: 91 minutes
Film Types: Colour/35mm
Rating: 14A
SCREENING TIMES:
Tuesday, September 12 9:00 PM PARAMOUNT 3
Thursday, September 14 10:00 AM PARAMOUNT 2


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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival: Reflect the Spirit

2006 Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival Poster
Credit: Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival

North America’s largest Ukrainian Street Festival

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
August 25, 26 & 27, 2006

Bloor West Village Ukrainian Festival featuring
PARADE with Festival Marshall Senator Raynell Andreychuk
Saturday, August 26th at 11:00 am
PERFORMERS from CANADA,USA and UKRAINE

ALL THREE DAYS
New! Larger Youth Stage sponsored by The Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko and Buduchnist Credit Union
Concerts
Kiosks
Children’s Midway
Pavilions
Refreshment Gardens
Food Vendors
New! Literary Corner & Photo Contest

All events take place right on Bloor Street West, between Jane and Runnymede in Toronto, Ontario

TTC Directions: Jane or Runnymede subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth line
Festival Map
Visitor Info


Friday, August 25

6:00 pm Festival Opens
7:00 pm Grand Stage Show
Ukrainian Academy of Dance / Arkan Dance Company – Toronto, Ontario
Dunai Dance Ensemble – Edmonton, Alberta
Pryvit – Montreal, Quebec
Bandura Duo: Volodymyr and Ruslana Voyt – Ukraine
Chornomor Kozaky – Odessa Ukraine
Klooch – Toronto, Ontario
9:00 pm Performance and CD launch of Pid Oblachkom sponsored by Caravan Logistics Inc.
10:00 pm Street Dance / Zabava
Richka – Montreal, Quebec


Saturday, August 26

9:00 am Shop Bloor Street
11:00 am Parade (starts at High Park )
12:30 pm Official Ceremonies
8:00 pm Gala Concert sponsored by Ukrainian Credit Union
Vanguard Band – Mississauga, Ontario
Pryvit – Montreal, Quebec
Vatra Dance Ensemble – Brampton, Ontario
Chornomor Kozaky – Odessa Ukraine
Yavir Dance Ensemble – Toronto, Ontario
Pid Oblachkom – Toronto, Ontario
Dianna Plihtiak, Vocalist – Toronto, Ontario
Bandura Duo: Volodymyr and Ruslana Voyt – Ukraine
Windsor Barvinok Dance Ensemble – Windsor, Ontario
Michael Kostowkskyj, Bandurist – Toronto, Ontario
Krayna Khata – Ukraine
Prolisok
Dunai Dance Ensemble – Edmonton, Alberta
Richka – Montreal, Quebec
Vorony Band – Syracuse, New York

SATURDAY EVENING CABARET SHOW
Dunai Dance Ensemble – Edmonton, Alberta
Pid Oblachkom – Toronto, Ontario
DESNA Ukrainian Dance Ensemble – Toronto, Ontario
Chornomor Kozaky – Odessa Ukraine
Vatra Dance Ensemble – Brampton, Ontario

10:30 pm Street Dance / Zabava
Dunai – Oshawa, Ontario

Sunday, August 27

11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Grand Stage Performance
Dunai Dance Ensemble – Edmonton, Alberta
Dianna Plihtiak, Vocalist – Toronto, Ontario
Pryvit – Montreal, Quebec
Chornomor Kozaky – Odessa Ukraine
Richka – Montreal, Quebec
Dunai Dancers – St. Catharine’s
Ukrainian Academy of Dance – Toronto, Ontario
Oksana Pikush, Vocalist – Windsor, Ontario
Bandura Duo: Volodymyr and Ruslana Voyt – Ukraine
Vorony Band – Syracuse, New York

Don’t miss:
Kobzar’s Children Book Launch
Teach Me To Dance Ukrainian Classes
Great Ukrainian Food and Beverages


For program and performer updates visit: www.ukrainianfestival.com


Festival's First Annual Photo Contest

Reflect the spirit of the Festival

Suggested categories:
Crowds, Entertainment, Family Fun, Kiosks, Parade

TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT!
Cash prizes and gift certificates for the best Festival images
Winning entries will be featured on Festival web site
Winning entries may be used for Festival publicity or promotion

Photo contest is open to everyone.
There is no age limit.
Entry is free.

1st prize - $150.00 sponsored by TR Consulting Inc.
2nd prize - $100.00 sponsored by TR Consulting Inc.
3rd prize - $50.00 sponsored by TR Consulting Inc.
Five gift certificates sponsored by Black’s Photography

Start time for submissions begins at 8:00 a.m. Monday August 28th. All photos must be received by September 15, 2006.
You may submit up to a maximum of three photos for the duration of this photo contest.

Details: http://www.ukrainianfestival.com/events/events_photo_contest_2006.htm


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