2018-19 Concert Season

Jeffery Meyer

From the Heart of Vienna: All Beethoven Concert

St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic
Svetlomir Zlatkov, conductor (Bulgaria)
Teresa Böhm, conductor (Austria)
Batuğhan Uzgören, conductor (Turkey)
Alexey Mikhaylenko, conductor (Russia)
Adela Liculescu, piano (Romania)

Wednesday May 2nd · 7 PM
Glinka Hall of the Philharmonic, Nevsky 30

Join the St. PCP as we introduce St. Petersburg to a select group of exceptional young conductors and soloists from the world-renowned Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien. Don’t miss their Russian debut in Glinka Hall!

Beethoven — Overture to «The Consecration of the House» («Die Weihe des Hauses»), op. 124
Beethoven — Piano Concerto Nr. 5 in E-flat Major, op. 73 «Emperor»
Beethoven — Symphony Nr. 6 in F Major, op. 68 «Pastorale»

Slavic wedding traditions — masterclass concert

Have you ever thought about getting married to a girl from another side of the globe? How about following her country’s wedding customs and traditions? In this short overview, we will tell you about Russian women dating and wedding styles. Let’s get started. 

Nowadays, Eastern-European women tend to choose American-style weddings, while some prefer to preserve national traditions or mix them up with the Western ones. Hence, if you decide to marry Slavic women, you never know how she sees your wedding until you ask her. Yet you can find out local traditions and customs and think about their relevance to your perception of the main celebration of love in your life. Below, you can see what brides from Russia, Ukraine, and Estonia are used to when getting married. 

General style

As you might have heard earlier, Russian brides get married much earlier than European and American women. They start dating their future husbands during their college years and start their family life right after graduation. In some cases, they can even get married in their late teen years. Whatever the age, Russian and Ukrainian brides look forward to realizing the key marriage traditions of their countries, so get ready to take part in this theater. 

Asking parents to bless the marriage

Once upon a time, there was a tradition of asking the bride’s parents about their approval for a wedding. In this case, the parents of the potential groom had to come to the bride’s family to talk about their children’s union. Parents of Ukrainian women or other Slavic girls should have blessed the future family if they loved the groom. In the opposite situation, the proposition was rejected and no marriage could take place after that. Baltic wedding style did not imply such a tradition; however, grooms still needed to get acquainted with their girlfriends’ parents and ask for the hand of their daughters if they wanted to get married to them. Today, Estonian women just agree or reject their boyfriends’ proposal without asking parents about their opinion. 

How it starts

Usually, the wedding day starts from the custom of ransoming the bride. In the morning, after the groom and the bride get ready for the event, the groom comes home to the bride with his friends. Yet he cannot meet his beloved woman until he participates in all challenges that the bride’s girlfriends prepared for him. These activities may include, but are not limited to dancing, singing, solving riddles somehow connected to his future wife, telling poems, etc. Once the groom wins any of the tasks, he is to present candies and money to his future wife’s friends. During the ransoming, Ukrainian brides are sitting at home waiting for their boyfriends to come. After all this play is completed, the groom is allowed to step into the bride’s house to meet her. 

Official marriage registration

People from Eastern Europe still consider official marriage registration the obligatory part of any wedding ceremony. Therefore, after the ransoming was successfully completed, the couple drove to the local administration department of civil deals registration. Here, the ceremony of exchanging rings and putting the signatures on the marriage documents takes place. Once it’s done, the couple is pronounced as a married one with a new common last name, and now everyone is invited to either church or dinner.

Church ceremony

If official registration of marriage is done by almost all couples, the church ceremony is important for about half of them. In the second case, the couple and guests drive to the chosen church for a ceremony. The church ritual takes much longer than the previous one: guests and the couple spend over an hour in the church until the rite is completed. When it’s done, the couple is considered to be blessed by God as well.

The party

Finally, the most fun part of the day starts. At the party, guests sing, dance, play games under the wedding entertainer’s supervision. A few years ago, there was a tradition to do fireworks at the end of the party; however, now it has become unpopular, so the wedding celebration ends just with the splitting of the wedding cake

St. PCP Tenth International Conducting Masterclass Concert
«Shostakovich and Brahms»

St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic
with guest conductors Mark Stringer and Jeffery Meyer

Tuesday · May 29 · 7 PM
Yaani Kirik Concert Hall, Dekabristov 54

Mark Stringer

The St. PCP welcomes Mark Stringer and Jeffery Meyer to its distinguished artist teacher roster. Join the St. PCP in what is sure to be a thrilling concert showcasing these emerging conductors as they tackle the dramatic and technical difficulties of Shostakovich’s profound Chamber Symphony for Strings and Brahms’ early masterpiece Serenade No. 1.

Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony Op. 110a
Brahms: Serenade No. 1


St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic
Jeffery Meyer, conductor

Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 19:00
White Hall of the Lendok Film StudioSPb, Kryukov kanal, 12

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s influential novel «Frankenstein», Artistic Director Jeffery Meyer conducts the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic performing a live film score to the 1931 classic horror film «Frankenstein». The iconic film, staring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, and John Boles and directed by James Whale, follows the obsessed scientist Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) as he attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. The concert is presented in collaboration with the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project.

«Frankenstein» (1931 film) with live orchestral score by Michael Shapiro (Russian Premiere)