“From Russia with Love”: John Harvey’s Russian Folk Orchestra (Runs October 12, 2017 – September 3, 2018)
Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II’s Birthday (An Unexpected Tour Adventure) (Runs August 21, 2018 – August 6, 2018)
Sousa Archives and Center for World Music
Harding Band Building (1103 S. 6th St., Champaign, IL 61820)
In sound and on stage, one of the most enduring legacies of the 1917 Russian Revolution was the development and dissemination of folk orchestras—literally, orchestral ensembles modeled on the western European symphony but comprised of modified traditional instruments. These orchestras and their choral analogues became emblematic of musical socialism: new, modern but culturally distinctive performance vehicles for the new socialist states. Drawing upon the University of Illinois’s unique archival resources, this exhibit demonstrates the history, dispersal, and overall legacy of the Soviet folk orchestra in Russia and other parts of eastern Europe and Eurasia through displays of representative instruments, photographs, scores, and recordings. Central to the exhibit are instruments and ephemera associated with UI’s own Russian Folk Orchestra, established in the 1970s by the late professor emeritus of jazz John Garvey (1921-2006). The Illinois RFO is one of a handful founded at midwestern institutions during the late twentieth century; its presence on this campus is an indirect outgrowth of the cultural policies and exchanges triggered by the October Revolution, and an exclusive aspect the University’s history and longtime, internationally renowned, scholarly and artistic engagement with the Russian, eastern European, and Eurasian region.
Co-Sponsored by: REEEC; Department of Theatre; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; School of Music; School of Art + Design; Center for Advanced Study; Center for African Studies; Center for Global Studies; Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; College of Fine and Applied Arts; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Program in Comparative and World Literature; Department of French and Italian; Department of History; European Union Center; Illinois International Programs; Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities; International and Area Studies Library; Krannert Art Museum; Lemann Institute for Brazilian Studies; MillerComm; School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics; Program in Jewish Culture and Society; Sesquicentennial Committee; Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory; University Library; Women’s Resource Center