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he St. Petersburg String
Quartet is caught up in a
year of celebration as mem-
bers perform on tour. It's
the 300th anniversary of the group's
namesake city, and that will be noted
Michigan audiences are among
those learning about the St. Petersburg
cultural heritage during the group's
appearances around the country. This
trip to Michigan comprises two
appearances, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.
2, at East Lansing's Wharton Center
for Performing Arts and 8 p.m. Friday,
Oct. 3, in Rackham Auditorium,
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Performing pieces by Russian icons
Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich in
both Michigan concerts, the quartet
includes a third piece by different
composers at each venue: a work by
Dvorak, a Bohemian artist, in
Lansing, and in Ann Arbor, a selection
by Desyatnikov, a contemporary
Jewish Russian composer known per-
sonally by Alla Aranovskaya, one of
two Jewish musicians in the quartet.
"I have played at the [theater at the]
Hermitage, and I have seen the beau-
tiful artworks many times," said first
violinist Aranovskaya, 45, about the
paintings being shown in Ann Arbor.
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The St. Petersburg String Quartet: Left to right, cellist Leonid Shukaev, first violinist
Ally Aranovskaya, second violinist David Chernyaysky and violist Aleksey Koptev.
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When the string players take the
stage in Ann Arbor tonight, joined by
pianist Maxim Mogilevsky, they will
be part of a larger tricentennial com-
The University of Michigan is offer-
ing many Russian cultural programs,
with the exhibit The Romanovs Collect:
European Art from the Hermitage, a U-
M Museum of Art display of more
than 140 works from the State
Hermitage Museum in Russia, the
highlight. The exhibit, running
tion with music I love chosen for both
cities in Michigan.
"I think it's all very special, and we
will deliver the music with lots of
emotion," she told the Jewish News.
"Whenever we play, we want to
Aranovskaya, with cellist Leonid
Shukaev, formed the St. Petersburg
String Quartet in 1985 as the
Leningrad Quartet. Both had known
each other before graduating from the
Leningrad Conservatory and had built
independent careers before joining
together for the quartet.