and His World2008
From East to West
According to those who knew him best, Prokofiev led an impulsive, impetuous life in the moment. Smitten with the technological advances of the modern age, he took full advantage of high-speed communication and intercontinental travel. In 1918, after completing the rigorous program of studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, he departed Revolutionary Russia for the United States.
The Faustian Pact
After his return to Russia, Prokofiev soon found himself trapped, unable after 1939 to travel abroad and unable to compose in the manner he desired. Though valued by the Stalinist regime and supported by its institutions, he suffered correction and censorship, the result being a gradual sapping of his creative energies.
Prokofiev in America and Russia
Including a panel discussion between Leon Botstein, Simon Morrison, and others; and performances by Mira Wang, violin; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; and faculty and students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music.
The Bard Music Festival at the 92nd Street Y
Symposium: The Legacy of the Silver Age: From Mysticism to Modernism
Concert: Prokofiev: Teachers, Inspirations, and Contemporaries