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Department of Finno-Ugric Music 30 years

On 7 November, the Alexander Glazunov State Conservatory in Petrozavodsk held a jubilee evening to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Music of Finno-Ugric Peoples.

The evening was hosted by Svetlana Nikolayeva, music educator and founder of the Karelian folklore ensemble Istoki, and Igor Solovyov, head of the department. They presented the history and achievements of the department’s founding, as well as its most outstanding teachers and alumni. Representatives of Karelian governmental organisations and organisations of Finno-Ugric peoples congratulated the staff of the Department of Finno-Ugric Music. The jubilee evening featured performances by the folk music ensemble of the Kizhi Museum-Nature Reserve, Vesläžed, a folk music ensemble of Veps children, and the Kontupohja (Kondopoga) music school ensemble. The evening ended with the famous Karelian round dance kruuga.

The Conservatory had close relations with Estonian folklorists, for example Vaike Sarv and Igor Tõnurist taught there.