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Laura Kaminsky of Purchase College Receives Grant to Conduct Music Research in Russia

Date Released: 7/23/2009

Conservatory of Music Professor Laura Kaminsky will visit St. Petersburg, Russia in late August to conduct research into Russian music composed between the end of World War I and the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

She is one of ten American professionals in the arts selected for a Likhachev Foundation grant.  This is the first Russian program of its kind designed for American professionals who are working on creative projects related to Russian culture or history. The objective is to help spread information about Russian culture to a broader Western audience. 

The grant is supported by the St. Petersburg City Administration and the Fund of the First Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin.

Ms. Kaminsky is a composer whose works are frequently performed in the U.S. and abroad.  She also a concert presenter and a producer of cultural programs. She is a co-founder of the Musicians Accord: A New Music Project, and Associate Artistic Director at Symphony Space in New York.

The music she will study will be incorporated into a Wall to Wall music marathon at Symphony Space which is offered as a free day-long cultural event for the people of New York.  The program will take place in May 2010 and is broadcast live on radio and recorded for future web casts.

The program's U.S. partners are the Open World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress, the Trust for mutual Understanding, CEC ARTSLink, The Kennan Institute, the Consulate General of the USA, and the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS).