Simon Morrison *97, Professor of Music and Prokofiev expert will lead a cultural exploration of Russia's two great cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, July 21 - 30, 2017.
Join your fellow Princetonians, July 21-30, for this midsummer adventure enjoying all the Russian highlights as well as unique experiences not included in most itineraries. Begin with three days in Moscow where you will stroll through iconic Red Square, explore the expansive collections at the Tretyakov Gallery, tour the legendary Kremlin and enjoy an evening performance at the luxurious Bolshoi Theater. On a day excursion to Klin, hear a private concert at Tchaikovsky's home where he wrote his final symphony. Continue the journey with five days in beloved St. Petersburg. Here, discover treasures in the world renowned Hermitage Museum, attend a ballet master class, wander the imperial estate of Peterhof with its gilded fountains, and admire the expertly restored Amber Room at Catherine's Palace.
About the Study Leader
Professor of Music Simon Morrison *97 will serve as study leader for this program.
Professor Morrison specializes in 20th-century music, particularly Russian and Soviet music, with special interests in dance, cinema, and historically informed performance based on extensive archival research. He is a leading authority on composer Sergey Prokofiev and has received unprecedented access to the composer's papers, housed in Moscow at RGALI. Given this access, he has overseen restorations of censored works, recreations of long-lost works and world premieres of still others, all the while generously walking alumni learners through the process. In 2005, under his direction, Le Pas d'Acier was performed in the Berlind Theatre for the first time since 1931; in 2006, he oversaw the world premiere of Prokofiev's Boris Godunov. He has taught a number of Alumni Studies courses at Princeton centered on these experiences, including "Pushkin's Eugene Onegin: From Words to Performance" in winter 2012, which coincided with yet staging of a previous unrealized Prokofiev work. His generosity with alumni audiences throughout the years earned him the Alumni Council's 2012 Award for Excellence in Alumni Education.
Morrison earned his Ph.D. from Princeton after receiving a Bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and a Master's at McGill University. He is the author of The People's Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Yeasr (Oxford University Press, 2010) and, most recently, Bolshoi Confidential (Norton, 2016), which concerns the intersection of art and politics in Russian ballet.
On this Journey, Professor Morrison will lead discussions on Russian culture and history.