Blair Ruble is Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and Victor Yuzefovich is a musicologist and former Fellow at the WWC.


Russia has invested centuries in defining its rich multi-ethnic, artistic culture. In the late 19th century, Russian musicians began to transport that cultural influence to Americans artists and audiences. Blair Ruble and Victor Yuzefovich explain how those contributions matured and grew throughout the 20th century, especially in the realm of American performing arts.