The Onegin Project


Eugene Onegin
Thursday, February 9, 2012
8 pm
Richardson Auditorium

The world-premiere of the 1936 dramatization of Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, presented by Princeton University, will feature the PSO performing Prokofiev’s original incidental music, a choreographed meditation on the orchestral score, and excerpts of Pushkin’s original Russian text. Students from Princeton Ballroom Dance Club will perform the dance elements, directed by Princeton dance faculty member Rebecca Lazier and choreographed by Princeton alumna Sydney Schiff. The Princeton Glee Club will sing under the direction of Gabriel Crouch. Also included on the performance is the world premiere of the Bass Drum Concerto by Prokofiev’s grandson Gabriel Prokofiev, performed by the PSO and renowned percussionist Joby Burgess.

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$25 General Public, $10 Students
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PSO Soundtracks Lecture

The Onegin Project: Back Stories from the 1820s, 1930s, and 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
4:30 pm
Princeton Public Library

Caryl Emerson, Princeton University professor of Slavic languages and literature, tells the fascinating story of unearthing — and re-creating for production — the dramatization of Eugene Onegin. Ms. Emerson will chronicle her search for the Soviet-banned project, her discovery and translation of the script, and the collaborative efforts of the PSO and Princeton University to stage its world premiere.

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Classical Series Concert
Simply Russian
Sunday, February 5, 2012

4 pm; Pre-concert lecture at 3 pm
Richardson Auditorium

In anticipation of the Eugene Onegin world premiere, the PSO will perform the concert version of the Prokofiev’s incidental music, the Suite from Eugene Onegin, at the February 5 Classical Series concert Simply Russian. Works by Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich are also featured.

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Theatrical Performances with Piano

Princeton University will also present a series of theatrical performances of Eugene Onegin with piano accompaniment at the Lewis Center for the Arts.

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The PSO has the honor of being involved in the resurrection of the 1936 dramatization of Pushkin’s masterpiece Eugene Onegin, complete with music by Prokofiev, a work which was censored and barred from performance by Soviet officials as part of Stalin’s campaign of repression and prosecution. After the censorship, the play script for Eugene Onegin disappeared into various obscure Russian archives.

Over the past few years, Princeton University professor of music and Russian music expert Simon Morrison and Princeton University professor of Slavic languages and literature Caryl Emerson worked to locate and translate a copy of the play version with Prokofiev’s markings. It is this never-before-performed text that will be reunited with its music and staged as originally conceived for orchestra, chorus, and dance, in a world premiere on February 9, 2012, at Richardson Auditorium, with the PSO performing Prokofiev’s score. On the same performance, the PSO will premiere a new work by Prokofiev’s grandson Gabriel Prokofiev, the Bass Drum Concerto, with renowned London-based percussionist Joby Burgess as soloist.

The Onegin Project, funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is the first of three symposiums included as part of Princeton University’s conference After the End of Music History, which will draw music scholars from around the world.