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Faberge: The Rise and Fall, Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Related Programs

Monday, September 10, 2012


Friday, October 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Overcoat with the Alloy Orchestra (USSR/1924)
The Detroit premiere of this rare silent Soviet adaptation of the story by Nikolai Gogol is presented with a new musical score performed live by the Alloy Orchestra. Free with museum admission. Without museum admission, tickets are $7.50; seniors and students $6.50.
Twilight of the Tsars: Russian Cinema from 1910 to 1919
Presented in a series of six Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., these silent films, accompanied by live music, provide a glimpse of the filmmaking that existed in tsarist Russia in the decade before the revolution. Tickets: $7.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.
Thursday, October 11
Adaptations of Alexander Pushkin
The Queen of Spades (1910)
The Little House in Kolomna (1913)
Thursday, October 18
Class Distinctions
The Peasants’ Lot (1912)
Silent Witnesses (1914)
Thursday, November 1
Films of Evgeni Bauer
A Child of the Big City (1914)
Daydreams (1915)
Thursday, November 8
Films of Yakov Protazanov
The Departure of a Great Old Man (1912)
The Queen of Spades (1916)
Thursday, November 15
High Society
A Life for a Life (1916)
Antonia Ruined by a Corset (1919)
Funeral of Vera Kholodnaya (1919)
Thursday, November 29
The End of an Era
The Revolutionary and For Luck (1917)
A Life Destroyed by Pitiless Fate (fragment) (1917)
Friday, October 12, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Friday Night Live: Trio Voronezh
Trio Voronezh will perform Russian folk melodies on traditional instruments: a double bass balalaika,
a domra and a bajan.
Sunday, October 14, 1 & 3 p.m.
Sunday Music Bar: Trio Voronezh – See Oct. 12 for description
Sunday, November 18, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Brunch with Bach: Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”
The Detroit Chamber Winds will feature an all-wind version of Prokofiev’s classic tale, narrated by WDET’s Alex Trajano. Tickets: Brunch and Concert, 1:30 p.m. only, $35; Continental Breakfast and concert, 11 a.m. only, $20; Concert only: $15. Call 313-833-4005 or visit
Friday, November 30, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Friday Night Live: CutTime Players
Detroit’s favorite classical music band, the CutTime Players, performs a program of music from pre-revolutionary Russia, including music by Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and others.
Sunday, December 16, 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Brunch with Bach: Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”
Piano duo Claire Aebersold and Ralph Neiweem play this Stravinsky classic. Tickets: Brunch and Concert, 1:30 p.m. only, $35; Continental Breakfast and concert, 11 a.m. only, $20; Concert only: $15. Call 313-833-4005 or visit
Friday, December 21: 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Friday Night Live: A Jazz Nutcracker featuring the Mike Jellick Quintet
Detroiter Mike Jellick and his quintet play a modern jazz version of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic “The Nutcracker Suite.”
Friday, January 11, 2013, 7 & 8:30 p.m.
Friday Night Live: Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” with Live Dance
Sunday, January 13, 2013, 1 & 3 p.m.
Sunday Music Bar: Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” with Live Dance
Sunday, October 21, noon–4 p.m.
Artist Demo: Geode Cracking
Join us as we explore the world of lapidary with experts from The Gem Shop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Watch a new geode is cracked every 30 minutes. 
Sunday, November 11, noon–4 p.m.
Artist Demo: Silversmithing and Pewter Casting
Members of the Mount Clemens Gem & Lapidary Society will demonstrate basic principles of silversmithing and pewter casting.
Friday–Sunday, November 23–25, 2 p.m.
Puppet Performance: National Marionette Theater Presents Peter and the Wolf
Set in turn-of-the-20th-century Russia, this production features handcrafted marionettes that tell the story of how Peter, along with his animal friends, captures the wolf.
Wednesday–Thursday, December 26–27, 2 & 4 p.m.
microScope Toy Theater presents A Real Elephant
A Real Elephant
is a retelling of the children’s novel by Russian writer Alexander Kuprin, known for his vivid stories of ordinary people. Staged as a toy theater performance complete with tiny paper sets, miniature puppets and found objects, this performance introduces audiences to the magical world of miniature theater.
Sunday, January 20, 2013, noon–4 p.m.
Artist Demo: Pysanky (Egg Decoration)
Learn about the traditional Ukrainian and Polish craft of egg decorating that uses wax and colorful dyes as artist Zenia Brezden illustrates a variety of Pysanky techniques and practices.
Sunday, October 14, 2 p.m.
Fabergé: From Imperial Culture to Pop Culture
The name Fabergé has many connotations: imperial jeweler to the doomed Russian royal family; dime-store deodorants and cheap aftershave; fabulous one-of-a-kind bejeweled eggs. Yao-Fen You, DIA assistant curator of European sculpture and decorative arts, and exhibition curator, explores Fabergé’s legacy, from its illustrious imperial past to its descent into kitsch and prominence in popular culture.
Thursday, November 15, 6 p.m.
Fabergé and Cartier: An Epic Rivalry
Fabergé is arguably the greatest artist jeweler of all time. Due to his immense success, his art was emulated and forged during his lifetime. Local craftsmen and French jewelers—Cartier in particular—
eyed his local market with envy. Géza von Habsburg, consulting Fabergé curator, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, provides insight into this rivalry. Sponsored by the Visiting Committee for European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m.
Imperial Dining with the Tsars
Peter the Great introduced European cuisine to Russia as part of his 18th-century reforms, and by the time of Catherine the Great, the Russian aristocracy was deeply infatuated with all things French. Culinary historian Darra Goldstein discusses Russian haute cuisine from the 18th century until the Revolution brought an end to gastronomic glory almost 200 years later. The lecture will be followed by a Russian Imperial Tea Reception. Sponsored by the Bernard J. Reilly Fund
Saturday, January 12, 2013, 2 p.m.
Reworking Fabergé: In Conversation with Alexander Caldwell
Alexander Caldwell, maker of the replica Fabergé Coronation Egg used in the movie “Ocean’s
Twelve,” reflects on his various artistic responses to Fabergé. Caldwell has spent the past 25 years
studying Karl Fabergé and his methods. The lecture will be followed by a showing of 2004’s “Ocean’s Twelve.” Sponsored by the Bernard J. Reilly Fund.

Contact:    Pamela Marcil      313-833-7899