After having traveled for nearly twenty hours from Chicago to St. Petersburg via Amsterdam, Northwestern University junior Matt Honegger and I are comfortably situated in the Ambassador Hotel. We have one hour to freshen up and dress before the welcome dinner being held for members of the press who are gathering from all over the world. For the next seventeen days, we will be in Russia collecting interviews and sounds for Russia, Cultural Tradition, and Music, WFMT’s 13-part radio series airing in January 2014.
Following a five-day celebration opening Mariinsky II, an 851,000 square foot arts complex (the largest in the world), Matt and I will be joined by our program host, Northwestern University Professor Irwin Weil, and three more students. Together we will board the Easter Festival train with Maestro Valery Gergiev, and the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Chorus for a tour of fifteen cities in celebration of Russia’s most important religious holiday, the Russian Orthodox Easter.
Come along, right here at wfmt.com, as we experience the sights and sounds of Mother Russia.