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~Enjoy a Concert Fit for a Princess at Wellesley March 25~

For immediate release:
March 20, 2002

Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321 or 2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- A free concert, "Songs by Russian Princesses at the Court of Catherine the Great: St. Petersburg Salon Culture in the 1790s," will be presented by Anne Harley, soprano, and Oleg Timofeyev, Russian guitar, Monday, March 25, at 7:30 pm in the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College.

The concert presents a rare opportunity to hear vocal works in Russian, French and Italian by women composers active during the genesis of Russian classical song. Musicians Harley and Timofeyev co-direct Talisman, a Russian musical group. Their concert will feature Russian women composers of the 18th century. These female Russian aristocrats composed music and published it under their own names at a time when Russian male aristocrats often concealed their identity when publishing compositions.

The concert will explore the full range of repertoire created by these women composers including the prolific Princess Kourakina, Countess Golovina and Princess Dolgoruky. Their surviving works from the mid-1790s are charming, elegant and melodious. Talisman will also read excerpts from the composers' memoirs to help listeners appreciate the cultural context.

The concert is sponsored by Wellesley's Davis Fund for Russian Area Studies and the Music Department. For more information, call 781-283-3563 or e-mail

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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