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Piano Music Sets Mood for Russian Exploration

Former HWS professor offers concert featuring Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition” as part of HWS Day 2004

(Feb. 16, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Edward Lee returns to Geneva for a performance of Russian music at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22, in St. John's Chapel on the Hobart and William Smith campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The event is a precursor to HWS Day 2004 on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with the theme “Aftershocks: How the Soviet Collapse is Reshaping the World.”

Lee, who taught Russian language at the Colleges in the late 80s and 90s, is an accomplished pianist who has performed at Carnegie Hall and participated in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. He has given concerts at many colleges and universities along the Eastern Seaboard, often focusing on the music of Russia.

On Feb. 22, Lee is scheduled to play Mussorgsky's “Pictures at an Exhibition,” along with works by Rachmaninoff and Scriabin. At intermission, students of the Colleges' Russian Club will provide an authentic Russian sweets table. The winner of the student Russian photography exhibit also will be announced at that time.

Participants in HWS Day 2004 will come to a better understanding of the many ways in which Russia continues to exercise enormous influence over global economic, political, social and environmental developments.