Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II’s Birthday: An Unexpected Tour Adventure

Sousa and Tsar Nicholas II’s Birthday: An Unexpected Tour Adventure

The Russian imperial capital of St. Petersburg was a major stop during John Philip Sousa’s 1903 tour of Europe.  Sousa planned his St. Petersburg performances to coincide with the tsar’s birthday and the bicentennial of the city’s founding, and anticipated large audiences for these concerts because the band had never before played in Russia.  What resulted, however, was a misadventure.  The concerts occurred at the beginning of Russia’s annual summer vacation when most theaters and concerts halls were closed.  In addition Russian music critics’ responses to his music was tepid.  Sousa was intimidated by the extensive advertising throughout the city for what he initially believed to be his music rival Суза, but eventually discovered that this was the Russian spelling of his own name.  While the St. Petersburg performances were not well attended, the concerts did spark deep patriotism among the American diplomats who were able to attend and the Russian aristocracy and military enthusiastically received the Sousa Band’s renditions of the Imperial Russian and American national anthems.  This exhibit of photographs, music, newspaper reviews, and political cartoons document Russian perceptions of America and Sousa’s music at the beginning of the 20th century. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends, some holidays.

Date and Time: 
Repeats every week every Monday and every Tuesday and every Thursday and every Friday until Mon Aug 06 2018 .
09/07/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/08/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/11/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/12/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/14/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/15/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/18/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/19/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/21/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/22/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/25/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/26/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/28/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
09/29/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/02/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/03/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/05/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/06/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/09/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/10/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/12/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/13/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/16/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/17/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/19/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/20/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/23/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/24/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/26/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/27/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/30/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
10/31/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/02/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/03/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/06/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/07/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/09/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/10/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/13/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/14/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/16/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/17/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/20/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/21/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/23/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/24/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/27/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/28/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
11/30/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/01/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/04/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/05/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/07/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/08/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/11/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/12/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/14/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/15/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/18/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/19/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/21/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/22/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/25/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/26/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/28/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
12/29/2017 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/01/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/02/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/04/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/05/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/08/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/09/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/11/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/12/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/15/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/16/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/18/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/19/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/22/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/23/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/25/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/26/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/29/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
01/30/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/01/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/02/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/05/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/06/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/08/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/09/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/12/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/13/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/15/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/16/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/19/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/20/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/22/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/23/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/26/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
02/27/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/01/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/02/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/05/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/06/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/08/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/09/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/12/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/13/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/15/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/16/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/19/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/20/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/22/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/23/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/26/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/27/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/29/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
03/30/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
04/02/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
04/03/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
04/05/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
04/06/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
04/09/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
04/10/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
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04/26/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
04/27/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
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05/17/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
05/18/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
05/21/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
05/22/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
05/24/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
05/25/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
05/28/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
05/29/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
05/31/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/01/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/04/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/05/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/07/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/08/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/11/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/12/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/14/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/15/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/18/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/19/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/21/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/22/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/25/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/26/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/28/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
06/29/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/02/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/03/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/05/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/06/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/09/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/10/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/12/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/13/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/16/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/17/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/19/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/20/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/23/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/24/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/26/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/27/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/30/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
07/31/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
08/02/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
08/03/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
08/06/2018 - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Event Information
Location: 
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sousa Archives and Center for American Music, 1103 S. Sixth Street
City: 
Champaign
For More Information
Event Phone: 
217-244-9309
Web Site: 
https://archives.library.illinois.edu/sousa/american-music-month/
Email Address: 
sousa@illinois.edu
Event Categories (1):Exhibits, Galleries