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Upcoming Lectures

As part of the Metropolitan Opera Guild's Opera Outlook series, Harlow Robinson delivers "Casualties of Love: Kát'a Kabanová." In this engaging lecture, Dr. Robinson will dig deep into the historical and musical detials of Leoš Janácek's dramatic opera. 


Date: April 28, 2020 6:00 PM


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Recent Lectures

Annapolis Opera, "Napoleon Complex: Untangling the Politics of Tosca." October 19, 2019

International Conferences

Gergiev Festival 2003 (50th anniversary of death of Sergei Prokofiev celebration), Rotterdam Philharmonic, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sept.4-13,

Scholar-in-residence, delivered two lectures, moderated a symposium on the music and life of Prokofiev, conversation on Pushkin with translator Hans Boland, interview with Sviatoslav Prokofiev

Visiting Professor in the Humanities at European Mozart Academy, Mala Wies, Poland, December 2-6, 1996

Invited guest and participant in round-table discussions, Sochi Musical Exhibition (Sochi, Russia), Sept. 2-10, 1995

"Shostakovich and Shakespeare," for "Shostakovich: The Man and His Age 1906-75," University of Michigan, January 1994

"Prokofiev In America," for All-Union Academic Conference "Prokofiev and the Twentieth Century," Sponsored by the Composers Union of the USSR on the 100th anniversary of Prokofiev's birth, Leningrad, USSR, April 1-2,1991

"Back to Borodin: Alexander Borodin and the Politics of Soviet Music," for "Prince Igor: Mother Russia Revisited," International Symposium Presented by Dallas Opera, Dallas TX, November 10, 1990

"Prokofiev and Meyerhold: In Search of a Collaboration," Third World Congress of Slavicists (AAASS), Washington, D.C., Nov.1985

National Conferences

“Bringing Three Oranges Home: Sergei Prokofiev and St.Petersburg,” St.Petersburg Through American Eyes Celebration, “Return to St. Petersburg” panel, Harriman Institute at Columbia University, Nov. 15, 2003

Participant, “Music and Translation” roundtable, American Literary Translators Association Annual Conference (Cambridge, MA), Nov. 14, 2003

“The St. Petersburg Musical Style,” “St.Petersburg at 300: A Theme in Five Variations,” Center for Slavic and East European Studies and the Dept.of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, Ohio State University, Oct.17, 2003 (also at Wellesley College, Nov.10, 2003)

“Doing Accents: The Unlikely Career of Akim Tamiroff,” Modern Languages
Association of America National Conference, New York, NY, December 28, 2002

“Pre-Conference Workshop: Skills and Standards of the Profession, The Job Application Portfolio,” Annual Meeting, AATSEEL, New York, NY, Dec. 28, 2002


Discussant, “Song in Russia and East European Culture and Society,” Annual Meeting, AATSEEL, New York, Dec. 28, 2002

Panel Chair, “Constructions of Gender and Alternative Sexualities from Symbolism to Xaritonov,” Dec. 29, 2002, AATSEEL Annual Meeting, New York


“Prelude to the Cold War: Pro-Soviet Hollywood Films 1941-45,” Cold War Film and Culture panel, Annual Meeting of AAASS, Pittsburgh, PA, November 21, 2002


Introduction to screening of Lt. Kije, “Formalists and Film: Beyond Theory
to Practice,” Film Symposium at Harriman Institute, Columbia University,
May 3-4, 2002

Panel Chair, “Queer Performance,” AATSEEL National Conference, New Orleans, Dec. 29, 2001

Panel Chair, “Central European Opera,” AATSEEL National Conference, New Orleans, Dec. 30, 2001

“Russian and East European Book and Manuscript Collections in the United States,” Bakhmeteff Archive at Columbia University and Slavic Division, New York Public Library, New York, NY, Moderator and Commentator, “Russian and East European Émigré Holdings in the U.S. and Relationship to Western Scholarship,” October 13, 2001

Panelist, “The Futures of Slavic Studies,” Annual Meeting of AATSEEL, San Francisco, CA, December 29, 1998

“Alfred Schnittke as Film Composer: The Case of Commissar,” Annual Meeting of AATSEEL, San Francisco, CA, December 28, 1998

Roundtable discussion on Alexandrov’s film Svetlyi put’, Annual Meeting of AAASS, Nov. 14, 1996, Boston, MA

Story of a Real Man: Soviet Music in Stalin’s Final Years,” Annual Meeting of AAASS, Washington, D.C., October 27, 1995

"The Production and Consumption of Culture in Post-Soviet Russia," roundtable at Annual Meeting of AAASS, Nov. 20, 1994, Philadelphia, PA

"Dmitri Shostakovich as a Film Composer," Annual Meeting of AATSEEL,
San Diego, CA, December 1994

"Gay Themes in Tennessee Williams on the Russian Stage," Annual Meeting of AATSEEL, San Diego, CA, December 1994

"Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet and the Russian Ballet Tradition," Conference on Romeo and Juliet sponsored by National Dance Critics Association and the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, San Francisco, CA, March 12, 1994

"Roundtable on Glasnost, Post-Glasnost and Popular Culture," Convention of American Association for Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), Phoenix, AZ, November 20, 1992

"Changing Attitudes Towards Homosexuality in the Former USSR," National Convention of AAASS, Miami, Fla., November 22, 1991

"Roundtable On Glasnost and Popular Culture: Music," National Convention of AAASS, Miami, Fla., November 24, 1991

"Flirting With Decadence: Sergei Prokofiev and Ognennyi angel," National Convention of AAASS, Washington, D.C., October 20, 1990

"All Aboard 'Tramvai Zhelanie': Tennessee Williams on the Soviet Stage," American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), Washington, D.C., December, 1988

"Sergei Prokofiev and Soviet Culture," AATSEEL, Washington, D.C., December 1984

"Music in the Post-Brezhnev Period," Annual Meeting of the AAASS, New York, NY, November 1984

"Dmitri Shostakovich as a Composer of Songs: The Tsvetaeva Cycle," Annual Meeting of AAASS, November 1984. Also acted as Chairman for the panel "Words and Music: Russian Songs."

"Prokofiev and the Poets." Annual Meeting of the AAASS, Kansas City, MO, October 1983 and annual meeting of the NY-NJ chapter of ATSEEL, Albany, NY, October, 1983

"Dostoevsky and Opera: Prokofiev's The Gambler," AATSEEL, Houston, December 1980 (North American Dostoevsky Society).

Other Invited Lectures and Presentations

"Diaghilev's Two Sons: Prokofiev and Stravinsky in Paris," Graduate Forum, Doctor of Musical Arts program, Juilliard School (NY,NY), Nov. 18, 2003

Moderator and panelist, "Dancing Through Time: St. Petersburg, the Kirov and Ballet into the 21st Century," Shubert Theater, Boston, Nov. 10, 2003, Fleet Celebrity Series presentation in honor of the Kirov Ballet performances at the Wang Center, Boston

Pre-concert lectures (Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 4-8, 2003

"Russian Choral Music: An Introduction," Yale Alumni Association "The Arts at Yale" program, Oct. 25, 2003

"The Prokofiev Diaries," Opening Symposium for the exhibition "Prokofiev and His Contemporaries: The Impact of Soviet Culture," New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, October 15, 2003

"The Three Faces of Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Nightingale, Oedipus Rex," Metropolitan Opera Guild lecture series, October 4, 2003 and Opera Experience Lecture Series, October 16, 2003 (New York, NY)

"The Life and Music of Prokofiev," Symposium for Prokofiev Marathon at Lincoln Center Festival, July 19, 2003, New York, NY

"Russia Today," Clarke Middle School, Lexington, MA, June 12, 2003

"Russians in Hollywood: Prokofiev, Eisenstein, Pilnyak," Literature Study Group, Davis Center for Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, April 30, 2003

"Rediscovering the Operas of Sergei Prokofiev," New England Opera Club Spring Meeting, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA, April 27, 2003

Pre-concert lectures (Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Gubaidulina), Boston Symphony Orchestra, April 17-19, 2003

"Russian Music in Hollywood," American Musicological Society New England Chapter, Spring meeting, April 12, 2003, Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.

"Leos Janacek's Jenufa," Metropolitan Opera Guild Lecture Series, January 25, 2003 New York, NY

Erich Leinsdorf Lecture ("Stravinsky and Leinsdorf"), New York Philharmonic,
January 8, 2003

Pre-concert lectures (Copland, Shostakovich, Ravel), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 30 - Nov. 2, 2002

Organizer, commentator and moderator, "Russian Festival," Opening Symposium, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco, CA, June 13, 2002


Pre-concert lectures (Balakirev, Rachmaninoff, Tcherepnin, Stravinsky), San Francisco Symphony "Russian Festival," June 14-15, 2002

Pre-concert lectures (Lyadov, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky), San Francisco Symphony "Russian Festival," June 19-20, 2002

Pre-concert lectures (Shostakovich), San Francisco Symphony "Russian Festival," June 21-22, 2002

Pre-concert lectures (Rimsky-Korsakov Mlada), San Francisco Symphony "Russian Festival," June 27, 29, 30, 2002

"War and Peace and Eugene Onegin," Metropolitan Opera Guild Opera Experience lecture series, March 14, 2002

"Prokofiev, Tolstoy and War and Peace," Metropolitan Opera Guild lecture series symposium on War and Peace, Feb.13, 2002

Pre-concert lectures (Rachmaninoff, Mendelssohn, Faure), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan. 24-26, 2002

Pre-concert lecture (Shostakovich, Scriabin, Part, Stravinsky), Colorado Symphony "Spirit of Russia" Festival, January 3, 2002

Pre-concert lecture (Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky), Colorado Symphony "Spirit of Russia" Festival, January 4 and 5, 2002

Pre-concert lecture (Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Part), Colorado Symphony "Spirit of Russia" Festival, January 6, 2002

Pre-concert lectures (Shostakovich, Wagner, Schoenberg), Boston Symphony Orchestra, November 15-20, 2001

Eugene Onegin, Metropolitan Opera Guild lecture series, New York, NY, October 1, 2001 
Pre-concert lectures (Shostakovich, Mahler), Boston Symphony Orchestra,
May 1 and 4, 2001

Pre-concert lecture (Dvorak, Martinu, Zelenka, Janacek), Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, April 22, 2001

Pre-concert lectures (Dvorak, Martinu, Mozart), Boston Symphony Orchestra,
March 16-17, 2001

"Russian Music at Home and Abroad," Series on Russian Culture Today, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York,NY), March 20, 2001

Pre-concert lectures (Janacek, Prokofiev, John Adams), Boston Symphony Orchestra, March 1-3, 2001

Pre-concert lecture (Lutoslawski, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff), Westchester Philharmonic, (Purchase, NY), March 4, 2001

"Sergei Prokofiev and The Gambler," Metropolitan Opera Guild Lecture Series,
March 5, 2001; and Opera Experience Lecture Series, March 22, 2001
Pre-concert lecture (Glinka, Shostakovich), Noontime Concert, "Russian Music for Viola," Northeastern University, February 22, 2001

Pre-concert lectures on Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Prokofiev, Boston Symphony Orchestra, January 18-23, 2001

"The Theme of Jewishness in the Music and Life of Dmitri Shostakovich," Boston University School of Fine Arts, Nov.15, 2000

"Aaron Copland and the Politics of The North Star," "Copland at 100" Festival,
Northeastern University, October 25, 2000; and for Cinema Studies Colloquium, Northeastern University, January 31, 2002

Pre-screening lectures on Aaron Copland's film music for The Cummington Story and Our Town (July 24, 2000) and Of Mice and Men (July 26, 2000), Boston Symphony Orchestra Tanglewood Music Festival

"Debussy and Pelleas et Melisande," Metropolitan Opera Guild Pre Performance Lecture Series, April 8, 2000

Pre-performance lectures on Sofia Gubaidulina and Tchaikovsky, Boston Symphony Orchestra, March 8-10, 14, 2000

"Shostakovich's Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk," Metropolitan Opera Guild Lecture Series and Opera Experience lecture series, New York,NY, March 2 and 18, 2000

Moderator and participant in panel discussion on Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with conductor Valery Gergiev and director Graham Vick, Metropolitan Opera Guild lecture series, New York,NY, March 1, 2000

Moderator of on-stage discussion with Martha Clarke about Vers la flamme, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Feb. 25, 2000

Pre-performance lecture for Program I (Quartets 1,2,3) of Shostakovich String Quartets cycle by Emerson Quartet, February 6, 2000, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Organizer and moderator of day-long Shostakovich Symposium sponsored by Great Performers at Lincoln Center, February 12, 2000

"Shostakovich and Shakespeare," for Shostakovich Symposium at Lincoln Center, February 12, 2000

Pre-performance lecture for Program II (Quartets 4,5,6) of Shostakovich String Quartets cycle by Emerson Quartet, February 13, 2000, Great Performers at Lincoln Center, New York, NY

Pre-screening introduction and post-screening moderator of discussion of film "Rothschild's Violin," Lincoln Center Film Society, February 14, 2000

Pre-performance lectures (Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Vasks), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Nov. 18-20, 1999

Pre-performance lectures (Prokofiev, Ravel, Blacher), Boston Symphony Orchestra, October 29-31, 1999

Pre-performance lectures (Stravinsky Persephone and Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto), New York Philharmonic, New York, NY, Oct. 1-5, 1999

"Works and Process at the Guggenheim," Moderator of discussion of Vers la flamme with Martha Clarke and Christopher O'Riley, Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY, September 12, 1999 

Pre-open rehearsal lecture for Boston Symphony at Tanglewood Music Festival, August 14, 1999 (Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff)

Pre-performance lecture for Mostly Mozart Festival, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, August 5, 1999 (Mozart, Herrmann, Dreznin)

Pre-performance talks on Martha Clarke's Vers la flamme, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, July 21-25, 1999; and at New Victory Theater (New York, NY) Sept. 15-19, 1999

Pre-open rehearsal lecture for Boston Symphony at Tanglewood Music Festival, July 24, 1999 (Gabrieli, Tan Dun, Tchaikovsky, Mahler)

Pre-performance lectures and interviews, New York Philharmonic (Tan Dun, Richard Strauss, William Grant Still), New York, NY June 3-5, 8, 1999

Pre-performance lecture ("Russian Music from Romanticism to Revolution"), Lincoln Center, Russian State Symphony, New York, NY, January 31, 1999

Pre-performance lectures (Stravinsky, Debussy, Mozart), Boston Symphony Orchestra, February 4-6, 1999

Pre-performance lecture ("Dmitri Shostakovich: The Hamlet of Russian Music"), Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw Orchestra, New York, NY February 14, 1999 

Pre-performance lecture (Stravinsky, Vivaldi), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Feruary 26, 1999 

"Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades" for Metropolitan Opera Guild Education Department and Lecture Series, March 4 and 9, 1999, New York, NY

"Mussorgsky's Khovanshchina," for Metropolitan Opera Guild Lecture Series, New York, NY, March 13, 1999 

Pre-performance lectures (Kodaly, Bartok, Prokofiev) for Boston Symphony Orchestra, March 18 and 20, 1999

Pre-performance lecture ("Beethoven and Shostakovich") at Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia, PA, January 5, 1999

Pre-performance lecture ("Music and Musicians of St.Petersburg") at Bushnell Memorial Auditorium (Hartford, CT) for St.Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, November 13, 1998 

Pre-screening introduction to Rothschild's Violin, Boston Jewish Film Festival,
Coolidge Corner Cinema, November 8, 1998 

Pre-performance lectures on Haydn, Beethoven and Tippett for Boston Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 8-10, 1998

Interview with Finnish soprano Karita Mattila for Metropolitan Opera Guild lecture series, New York, NY, Oct. 7, 1998

Three panel presentations and one pre-concert lecture for the Bard Festival, August 1998 (Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), "Tchaikovsky and His World"

Pre-performance lectures on Mazeppa, Ruslan and Ludmila, Betrothal in a Monastery, Prince Igor for Kirov Opera Festival at the Metropolitan Opera New York, NY, April 24 - May 1, 1998

Pre-screening lecture on Commissar , Coolidge Corner Cinema (Brookline, MA), Northeastern University Ukrainian-Jewish Arts Festival, April 30, 1998 

Pre-concert lecture on Bach and Shostakovich, Lincoln Center, New York, NY, May 13, 1998 

Pre-concert lectures on Zemlinsky, Rachmaninoff, Liszt for New York Philharmonic, May 14 and 15, 1998

"Reinventing Russian Music," for "Reimagining Russia" Conference at College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., April 4, 1998 

"Russian Revelations," Pre-concert lecture for Westchester Philharmonic, SUNY-Purchase, March 15, 1998 

Pre-concert lecture on Rachmaninoff, Barber, Mozart for Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA, Feb. 26, 1998 

"What A Difference a Year Makes: Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky," pre-concert lecture at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY, February 15, 1998 

Pre-concert lecture on Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich for Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA, January 28, 1998 

Pre-concert lecture on Janacek, Dvorak, Szymanowski for Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston, MA, January 10, 1998

Pre-screening introduction to Ninotchka, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Boston, MA, for Library of Congress National Film Registry Tour, Dec. 17, 1997 

Pre-concert lecture on Dvorak, Stravinsky, Prokofiev for Boston SO, Oct. 22, 1997 

"Shakespeare in Russia," Annual Shakespeare Birthday Lecture, Northeastern University, April 24, 1997 

Moderator for discussion with production staff of Eugene Onegin, Metropolitan Opera Lecture Series, March 11, 1997

"Prokofiev, Eisenstein and Alexander Nevsky," Philadelphia Orchestra, March 8, 1997

Eugene Onegin, Metropolitan Opera Lecture Series, Feb. 25, 1997 

"The Russians in Hollywood," Stetson University (DeLand, Fla.), Feb. 11, 1997 

"Music and Musical Life in St.Petersburg," Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), February 5, 1997

"Alban Berg's Wozzeck," Metropolitan Opera Lecture Series (New York, NY), January 29, 1997

"Three Faces of Russian Music," New York Philharmonic pre-concert lecture, Dec. 12-13, 17, 1996 

"How Do Biographers Do It?," Hudson-Mohawk Library Association (Albany, NY), Sep. 27, 1996

"Russian Singers at the Met," Marcella Sembrich Museum (Bolton Landing, NY), Aug. 21, 1996 

"Stravinsky and the Symphony," pre-concert lecture for Lincoln Center, Inc. (New York, NY), March 25, 1996 

"Bartok and Brahms," New York Philharmonic pre-concert lecture, March 15-16, 1996 

"On Researching the Russians in Hollywood," Biogroup (Los Angeles, CA), Feb. 14, 1996 

The Makropulos Case, for Metropolitan Opera Lecture Series, Jan. 20, 1996 

Lecture-discussion on The Makropulos Case, Metropolitan Opera Lecture Series, Dec. 20, 1995 

"Impressionism in Music" (Ravel and Rachmaninoff), pre-concert lecture for
Lincoln Center, Inc., Dec. 13, 1995 

Moderator for two pre-performance discussions and symposium for New York Philharmonic Ivan the Terrible Celebration, June 1-3, 1995, Lincoln Center

Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades, Metropolitan Opera Lecture Series, Oct. 18, 1995 

"Understanding Russia Through Its Culture," St.Johnsville (NY) Public Library, Oct. 23, 1995 

"Arvo Part and Medieval Modernism," Pre-concert lecture for Lincoln Center, Inc., Nov. 2, 1995

"Varieties of Romanticism: Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky," pre-concert lecture for Lincoln Center, Inc., Nov. 6, 1995 

"Sergei Prokofiev: A Knight for the Opera," San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum, San Francisco, CA, June 15, 1995 

Two lectures on Shostakovich's opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk for Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York, NY (Oct. 26, 1994 and Nov. 10, 1994)

Pre-concert lecture on Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Schnittke for Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra (March 19, 1995) at SUNY College at Purchase

Pre-concert lectures on Rimsky-Korsakov and Musorgsky for New York Philharmonic (March 3 and 7, 1995), New York, NY

Pre-concert lectures on Shostakovich and Beethoven for New York Philharmonic (April 5, 9, 1995), New York, NY

Theodore Wenzl Memorial Lecture on Sol Hurok, Bethlehem (NY) Public Library, Nov. 14, 1994 

"Tchaikovsky: A European from Russia," lecture for Dept. of Slavic Languages & Literatures and Program in Russian and East European Studies, University of Texas, Austin, TX (Feb. 21, 1995)

"Shostakovich: The Guilty Conscience of Soviet Culture," Keynote lecture for Brown Symposium, Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX, Feb. 23, 1995; also delivered five pre-concert lectures on Shostakovich's string quartets and participated in symposium on Shostakovich and Soviet culture (February 22-26, 1995)

"Shostakovich Public and Private," Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (NY,NY), pre- concert lecture, Oct. 30, 1994 

Moderator for Symposium on Shostakovich and his string quartets, Lincoln Center, Nov. 2, 1994 

"A Dramatized Portrait of Shostakovich Through Poetry"; theater script authored by me and read by four actors at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center, NYC), Nov. 16, 1994 

"Sol Hurok: An Impresario's Life," Special Session for 38th Annual Conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dec. 17, 1994 (New York, NY)

"Censorship in the Post-Communist Era," Keynote Address for New York Civil Liberties Union, Capital Region Chapter, Albany, NY, May 4, 1994

Featured lecturer for National Library Week, William K.Sanford Town Library, Colonie, NY, April 20, 1994

Pre-concert lecturer for concert by the Moscow Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center (New York, NY), March 20, 1994

Pre-concert panelist for "The Breakup of the Soviet Union: A Musical Mirror," American Symphony Orchestra , February 18, 1994, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, NY

"Tchaikovsky: A European From Russia," Bowling Green State U., (Bowling Green, OH), November 7, 1993

Lecturer for concert and symposium on Dmitri Shostakovich at Southwestern University School of Fine Arts (Georgetown, TX), February 5-6, 1993

"Dmitri Shostakovich: Dissident or Patriot?" for Symposium on Russian Music at Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT), October 22, 1992

"Lincoln Center Off Stage: An Evening of Conversation with Oleg Prokofiev and Harlow Robinson," October 17, 1991, New York, NY

"Prokofiev Remembered": Two Pre-Performance Lectures at Town Hall on the 100th anniversary of Prokofiev's birth, New York, NY, April 22 and 23, 1991

"The Humanities in American Education," Leningrad State Conservatory, Leningrad, USSR, April 8, 1991

"Prokofiev and the Movies," Pittsburgh Symphony Pre-performance lecture, Pittsburgh, PA, March 1, 1991

"On Writing a Biography of Sol Hurok," Biography Seminar, Department of English, New York University, November 1, 1990; Also for Works-In-Progress Series, Center for Arts & Humanities, University at Albany, April 19, 1990

"Recent Developments in the USSR," Presentation for Board of Directors Retreat, Johnson & Higgins Co., Williamsburg, Va. October 23, 1990

"Dmitri Shostakovich: Life and Art," Shostakovich Festival, Manhattan String Quartet and Chamber Music in Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, October 14, 1990

"Prokofiev and War and Peace," War and Peace Symposium, Seattle Opera, Seattle, WA, July 28, 1990

"Media and Culture Under Glasnost," Mid-Hudson Social Studies Council Spring Conference, Kingston, NY, May 3, 1990

"Taking the Lid Off: Culture Under Glasnost," Global Education Seminar on USSR and Eastern Europe, Mercy College, February 9, 1990

"Gorbachev's Soviet Union: Politics and Culture," "The Changing Faces of Socialism: The Soviet Union" Campus Forum, SUNY-Albany, November 8, 1989 (with Prof. Erik Hoffmann)

"Shostakovich and Soviet Culture," Pre-performance lecture at Town Hall for Manhattan String Quartet "The Soul of Shostakovich" series, New York, NY, October 23, 1989

"Between Rock and a Hard Place: Music Under Glasnost," Seminar on Slavic History and Cultures, Columbia University, New York, NY, February 1989

"Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Soviet Film," Amherst College Russian Department, December 1988

"Of Theater, Circuses, Music, and Film: Popular Culture in the USSR," "Life in the Soviet Union" Series, UCLA Extension, September, 1988

"Katya Kabanova: The Russian Connection," Los Angeles Music Center Opera League Seminar on Katya Kabanova, UCLA Faculty Center, September, 1988

"Theatrical Life in the United States," Department of Marxist- Leninist Aesthetics, Moscow State University, April, 1988

"From Rachmaninoff to Rock: Music in the USSR," Soviet Studies Lecture Series, Central Connecticut State University, March, 1988

"Sergei Prokofiev and Konstantin Balmont," Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Music, UCLA, November, 1987

"Sergei Prokofiev's The Fiery Angel," Los Angeles Music Center Opera "Overtures" lecture series, September, 1987

"The Politics of Music in Soviet Russia: Recent Developments," Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Russian Area Studies Program, Princeton University (Princeton, NJ), March 1986 (Also given for Yale-Hopkins Summer School Russian Studies Seminar for Teachers at Yale University, July 1986)


"Prokofiev and Eisenstein," Annual Meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (Princeton, NJ), March 1986. Also given at Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, March 1983)

"Prokofiev and Diaghilev," Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union, Columbia University (New York, NY), February 1985 (Also given for Seminar on Slavic History and Culture at Columbia University, November, 1986)

"Recent Developments in Soviet Culture," Department of German and Russian, University of Vermont (Burlington, Vt.), February 1985

On Writing a Biography of Sergei Prokofiev," Seminar on Biography, The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University (New York, NY), January 1985 and May 1987

"Music for the Masses? Recent Developments in Soviet Music," Russian Program, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR); Symposium on Contemporary Soviet Culture, April 1984

"Sergei Prokofiev and the Politics of Soviet Music," Russian Program, University of Oregon (Eugene, OR); Symposium on Contemporary Soviet Culture, April 1984 (Also given at Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, April 1984; SUNY College at Oswego, April 1986; Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, October 1986; Texas A & M University, November 12, 1990; Barnard College, February 1992)

"Unofficial and Official in Soviet Music: The Case of Alfred Shnittke," Western Slavic Association Conference (Stanford, CA), March 1984

"The Politics of Music in Soviet Russia." Department of German and Russian and Department of Music, Williams College, November 1983

"Prokofiev and Russian Literature," Norwich University Russian Summer School (Northfield, Vt.), July 1983

"Prokofiev and Tolstoy: The Libretto to War and Peace," Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (Asilomar, CA), September 1981

"Gozzi, Meyerhold and Prokofiev: The commedia dell'arte tradition and Love for Three Oranges, Soviet Studies Colloquium, Cornell University (Ithaca, NY), April 1981

"An Encounter with Iosif Brodsky," Northern California Meeting of AATSEEL (Berkeley, CA), March 1976