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In the fall of 2009, Smith College marked the centennial of pianist and composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s first public performance in the United States, presented in what was then College Hall's recital hall on November 4, 1909.

Events celebrated both Rachmaninoff and Sophie Satin, his cousin and sister-in-law, who played an important role in the Smith College Genetics Experiment Station as research associate to Albert Blakeslee beginning in 1942, and served as visiting associate professor of botany from 1945 to 1955.

Between 1909 and 1941 Rachmaninoff gave four concerts at the college, and Sophie Satin’s reminiscences constitute a principal source for all subsequent biographies of the celebrated composer and performer.

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