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Information about previous tours and lectures is stored here, for historical interest.

Tours of the Past

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Events & Lectures of Long Ago

2003 Spring Events - Ottawa

May 30: The Kanata Orthodox Church Foundation invites you to its second annual St. Petersburg Bal Russe de Printemps at Château Cartier. See their web site for details.

And, looking ahead, during the week of 20-29 June, we will be putting on an event at the Lindenhof Restaurant to join with them in celebrating their Russian Food Festival. Watch for details in the next Bulletin.

2003 Spring Events - Toronto

March 24, 2003 The Kirov Orchestra with conductor Valery Gergiev will be returning to Roy Thompson Hall. We have arranged for specially priced tickets for our members to attend this popular concert.

2002 Fall Lectures - Ottawa

October 19: 11:00-12:30 in Room 156 of the National Library: Images of Siberia: How the Land has Shaped the Culture. Lecture and slide show by Nancy Scarth, recently returned from representing Canadian Museum volunteers and the Friends at the ICOM (International Council of Museums) (Russia) conference at Krasnoyarsk in Siberia. Cost: Members $5, non-members $8. Tickets at the door.

November 9, 16, 23 and December 7, 14: 11:00 - 12:30 in Room 156 of the National Library Images series of five lectures designed to complement the exposition of modern French masterworks, Voyage into Myth, to be shown at the Art Gallery of Ontario October 12, 2002 to January 5, 2003, and at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, beginning February 2003.


November 30: Hermitage Day Dinner: The Hospitality Centre at Woodroffe Campus of Algonquin College.
A great start to the holiday season. Look forward to a Russian feast. Executive Chef John Le Blanc has been reviewing Russian recipes, including old favourites such as Sturgeon, Elk and Pomegranate Sauce. You will be treated to a 5-course dinner with vodka and wine, and there will be a silent auction with lots of items to bid on. Bring your friends. There's lots of space and free parking. Cost: $50 members, $60 non-members.

2002 Fall Lectures - Toronto


7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Memphis, 942 Yonge Street, Common Room. (Yonge and Belmont, 2 blocks south of Rosedale subway). An informal Art History Study Group related to the Voyage into Myth exhibition. Susan Marcus, a former lecturer in art history at the University of Toronto, will give an eight-week lecture series, which will seek to establish the place of the artists in the cultural environment that shaped them.

OCTOBER 2: The Canadian Opera Company's production of Tchaikovsky's masterwork, The Queen of Spades, at the Hummingbird Centre, conducted by Richard Bradshaw. Hasmik Papian sings Lisa, Judith Forst is the Countess and Vadim Zaplechny is the unfortunate Herman. Special ticket prices have been arranged for Friends and their guests. We are also invited to a pre-performance Opera Chat at the theatre.

OCTOBER 12, 2002-JANUARY 5, 2003
The highlight of the fall program is, of course, the Voyage into Myth exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario. This is the collection of French masterpieces from the Hermitage. By special arrangement, all members of the Canadian Friends of the Hermitage have been accorded temporary membership in the AGO and should be receiving a membership package in the mail.

NOVEMBER 4: 7:00 p.m. at Mazzoleni Hall, the Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor West. Rick Phillips, host of the CBC radio program Sound Advice, and lecturer in music appreciation at the conservatory, will give a sound-accompanied lecture on 19th century Russian music to complement the Hermitage exhibition at the AGO.

DECEMBER 3: Plan to set this evening aside for the second annual Hermitage Day Dinner, to be held at the Badminton and Racket Club, 25 St. Clair Avenue West. An authentic Russian buffet menu is being planned.

2002 Spring Lectures - Ottawa

On January 22 2002, Ottawa lawyer Paul Francis will speak at The National Library about the eighteenth century Romanov rulers of Russia. His talk will be followed by a 54-minute video on the Hermitage Museum, called Catherine the Great - A Lust for Art (the first in a series of three, called "The Hermitage - A Russian Odyssey"). Click here for more details.

On February 25 2002, the Ottawa Chapter is again co-sponsoring an illustrated Ottawa Symphony Orchestra pre-concert talk by Mr. Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer. Mr. Van Vlasselaer is speaking at 7:00 p.m. in the Salon of the NAC. His topic is: "The Composer and His Space for Freedom", using as examples the three Russian composers whose works are on the programme: Kabalevsky (Colas Breugnon Overture), Khachaturian (Suite from Spartacus) and Prokofiev (Symphony No. 3, The Fiery Angel). The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the Embassy of the Russian Federation are co-sponsoring this event. Free admission; front row reserved seats for Canadian Friends of the Hermitage. There are a limited number of specially priced concert tickets available at our office. See the old application form for more information.

On March 9, 2002 Jean-Marie Joly and a colleague will give a slide talk in French and walk about the National Gallery titled "Visitez L'Ermitage... sans quitter Ottawa". See Un conseil d'ami for details.

A special Embassy Reception event for members only will be held on Friday, March 15, 2002 at the Russian Embassy in Ottawa. You will receive your personal invitation by mail.

On March 16 2002, Douglas Clayton will give a talk in French titled "Pouchkine, poète pétersbourgeois". See Un conseil d'ami for details.

On March 23 2002, will give a slide show in French titled "Visitez St-Petersbourg... sans quitter Ottawa". See Un conseil d'ami for details.


International Museums Day Luncheon. We have arranged a gourmet luncheon for Thursday, May 16, 2002 at 12:30 p.m. at the Restaurant International at Algonquin College. Amy Knight, author of Spies Without Cloaks: the KGB's Successors and Who Killed Kirov? The Kremlin's Greatest Mystery will be our speaker. Order your tickets now by calling 236-1116. Price per person: $25.00 for members, $30.00 for non-members. Limited seating. Courtesy parking. Deadline for telephone and mail orders: April 1. Click here for the application form and more information.

2002 Spring Lectures - Toronto

Tuesday, January 29 2002 - "The Place of the Hermitage in Today's Russia" Speaker: Her Excellency, Anne Leahy, former Canadian Ambassador to Russia. Location: The Town Hall, Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Avenue at St. George.

Tuesday, February 26 2002 - "A Brief History of Russian Icons from Constantinople to Kandinsky". Speaker: Sheila M. Campbell, Curator of the Malcove Collection, University Arts Centre, University of Toronto. Location: The Education Theatre, Art Gallery of Ontario.

Tuesday, March 19 - "The Voyage into Myth -- L'Invitation au voyage". Exhibition of French paintings from Gauguin to Matisse, coming to Toronto and Montreal from the Hermitage in the Fall of 2002. Speaker: Michael Parke-Taylor, Assistant Curator, European Art at the AGO. Location: The Education Theatre, Art Gallery of Ontario.


On May 16 2002, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is presenting an all Russian programme at 8:00 p.m. at Massey Hall. The conductor is Gennady Rozhdestvansky, with pianist Viktoria Postnikova, and music by Rimsky-Korsakov, Schnittke and Rachmaninoff. Prices for symphony tickets will be sent to members on the Toronto Chapter mailing list in the near future.

2002 Winter Lectures - Ottawa

On Saturday, January 19, 2002 (rescheduled from November 17 due to the confusion surrounding the G-20 protests) at 11 a.m. in room 156, National Library, Rina Wright, a docent well known for her lively presentations, will speak on a major master of the 20th century, Matisse. We hope that the Hermitage will include Matisse's great "La Danse" in its exhibition of impressionist and post-impressionist art slated to come to Toronto and Montreal in 2002-2003.

On January 22 2002, Ottawa lawyer Paul Francis will speak at The National Library about the eighteenth century Romanov rulers of Russia. His talk will be followed by a 54-minute video on the Hermitage Museum, called Catherine the Great - A Lust for Art (the first in a series of three, called "The Hermitage - A Russian Odyssey"). Click here for more details.
Location: The Auditorium, National Library of Canada at 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Free for members, $6 for general public, $5 for Friends of the National Library.

2002 Winter Lecture Series - Toronto

Tuesday, January 29 2002: Her Excellency, Anne Leahy, the former Canadian Ambassador to Russia, will speak on The Hermitage and its Place in 21st Century Russia.
Location: The Town Hall, Innis College, University of Toronto

2001 Fall Lectures - Ottawa


Start the season with a series of Saturday morning lectures on art appreciation! After last year's very successful series with Claude Dupuis we have changed the format slightly and bring you five speakers who are especially qualified to speak on their chosen topics. We can guarantee that you will be enchanted. Click here for the Application Form.

As always, there is a connection with the Hermitage — many of the works you will get to know are part of the Hermitage collections. In all cases the artists are represented in St. Petersburg.

On September 29 2001 we start the series with a talk on The Golden Age of Dutch Painting. Our speaker is Mary Nash who is a docent at the National Gallery. Her own Dutch heritage has led her to study Dutch art in depth. Did you know that the Hermitage owns more paintings by Rembrandt than any other museum anywhere, even in the Netherlands?

On October 13 2001, Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Christina Corsiglia will come to Ottawa to speak on the superb collections of decorative arts amassed by Empress Catherine the Great.

On October 27 2001, Ruth Wilson, senior docent at the National Gallery, will give a guided talk in the National Gallery on Lorenzo Lotto and Chardin, two artists who are represented at the State Hermitage by some of their major works. You will be in the presence of actual works of art rather than slide images.

On November 10 2001, Agnes Beckett, head docent at the National Gallery, will speak on Icons, images of a very special kind, symbols of the deepest religious experience. Agnes has studied the development of icons and will share with us her impressions enriched during this fall's tour to Russia where she will have paid special attention to famous icons in churches and museums.

All lectures will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings at the National Library, except for the lecture on October 27th, which will be held at the National Gallery of Canada.

Cost of the lectures:

2001 Fall Lecture Series - Toronto

The Toronto Programme for Fall and Winter Activities: We have planned three evening lectures and one special event each season, always with a connection to The Hermitage or Russia. All lectures will start at 7:00pm, following a reception at 6:15pm.

Please contact the Toronto Chapter office to sign up. Fees for Toronto chapter lectures are:

On September 19 2001, we start with an illustrated talk by Christine Corsiglia, Curator of European Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. "The Hermitage Museum: Royal Architectural Patronage for the Arts" will present the history of the Hermitage Museum from the outside in - beginning with an overview of the various building campaigns during the 18th and 19th centuries as the Museum progressed down the Neva River with a succession of European architects. There will then be an in-depth look at the interiors of this remarkable suite of buildings, with a focus on the galleries as they appear to-day.
Location: Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

On October 18 2001, Professor Kenneth Bartlett, of the Renaissance Study Programme at the University of Toronto, will speak on The Recent Discovery of Two Renaissance Paintings.
Location: The Town Hall, Innis College, University of Toronto, 2 Sussex Ave. at St. George.

On November 19 2001 (a change from the previously announced November 5th), Mr. Robert Kaszanits, President of the State Hermitage Museum Foundation of Canada, will speak on "A Canadian Challenge: The Hermitage Inventory Project".
New Location: Alumni Hall, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Fall Dinner

In Toronto on Wednesday December 5th 2001, at 6:30pm, Celebrate Hermitage Day with a traditional Russian Dinner — an opportunity to meet other Friends of the Hermitage and try a variety of Russian dishes in festive surroundings. Click here for the order form and menu.
Location: The Badminton and Racket Club, 25 St. Clair Ave, West.


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