September 14 - Silver music: Sound of heaven concert, September 19 - Vyacheslav Gryaznov piano recital , September 20-22 - GypZee Heart Fest













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kSilver Music Sound of Heaven

Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm

Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78750

Austin audiences will have the unique opportunity to hear KANTELE a living legend of Karelian-Finnish epic poem Kalevala which inspired J.R.R Tolkien for creating his The Lord of the Rings!

Participants: Duet Kandeleh Viktoria Nizhnik and Yakov Nizhnik, and the guest artist Alena Bystritskiy (Classical harp).

About the Artists:
Viktoria Nizhnik ethnic Livvi-Karelian, laureate of International Andreev Competition, graduate of Petrozavodsk State Conservatory (Karelia, Russia), and a former soloist of State National Ensemble of Republic of Karelia Kantele (Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia). She truly masterfully plays Karelian chromatic kantele, diatonic folk kantele, and jouhikko.

Yakov Nizhnik graduate of Petrozavodsk State University (Karelia, Russia), received his PhD in Organic Chemistry in St.-Petersburg Institute of Technology (Russia), a professional chemist and musician amateur. He plays classical guitar and diatonic folk kantele. Besides chemistry and folk music he adores music of Richard Wagner, L. van Beethoven, G. Verdi, J.S. Bach, A. Schnittke, and King Crimson.

Alena Bystritskiy (Classical harp) studied harp with a Professor Marion Hofmann at the Rostock University of Music and Theater (Germany). She is a winner of a major international harp competitions:Verband der Harfenisten in Deutschland e.V (2007), Franz Reinl (2007); and Deutsche Bahn (2005). Alena Bystritskiy played with orchestras: Berliner Symphoniker, RBB Symphony, North German Philharmonic, Neubrandenburg Philharmonic and Goettingen Symphony.

Tickets (at the door):
Adults: $20
Seniors and Students: $10
Children under 12: free

Supported by Russian Speakers Society of Austin and Musical Conncetions

Russian Speakers Societycity of austinTCAnational endowment for the artsMusical Connections

grVyacheslav Gryaznov, piano

Thursday, September 19, 7:30 pm,

Recital Studio, Butler School of Music at the University of Texas

Free admission

Program: Two selections from Peer Gynt by Grieg, concert arrangement by Gryaznov English Suite No. 2 by J. S. Bach Suite Bergamasque by Debussy La Valse by Ravel, concert arrangement by Gryaznov

"As you can guess from his name, Mr. Gryaznov is Russian. A couple of years ago, I accidentally stumbled upon his performance on Youtube and was absolutely charmed. It was his concert arrangement of Rachmaninovs Italian Polka. I loved it so much I listened to it three times in a row. Then, I found his performances of Rachmaninov, Chopin, and Schubert, and loved everything. To make long story short, two years later the stars aligned and Mr. Gryaznov (we call him Slava) is coming to play a solo recital for us. Please come! It is going to be a treat!
Sofia Gilmson, UT, Butler School of Music"

gzGypZee Heart Festival

September 20-22

Texas Music Ranch 5220 FM-973, Austin, Texas 78724

Three Days of Camping, Live Music, Jam, Activities, Bonfires & Drums Circle! Water Fight Games!


With special guests performers: multi-instrumentalist OLIVER RAJAMANI, violinst ROBERTO PAOPLO RIGGIO of Atash!

BIG MON- A reggae band with deep groove. Performing song of Bill Monroe, inspired by Peter Rowan's ReggaeBilly.

BLACK MAGIC CARPET RIDE- guitarist Gentry Garcia's uprising band. Uniquely crafted set of original rocking riifs, Latin, World

DAVE WOLFE- Infamous Co- Founder of The Vibro Champs, Midwest Monsters, Black Irish, Sci- Fi Western. Wolfe presenting new Secret lineup just for the show! Shhh!

AILEEN ADLER with Theremin Army infiltration!


GYPZEE HEART- Leeann Atherton and Zhenya Rock. Very original blend of Bluegrass, Russian folk, Rock, Americana

SQUID ART- Nate Earthsong .Psychedelia Jazzy Dance Fusion,

THE INHERITANCE- Multi-faceted Austin band from mad waltzes, polka-esque jives, hot jazz.

DJ HAPPY JAMES - awesome grooves that will move you!!!
and more!

"YES! This fest is going to happen again! We invite you to be a part of and witness firsthand the joy and cultural unity behind our SECOND Annual GypZee Heart Festival, the event that we believe is unique to Austin area and to a state of Texas. All Artist is welcome! Contact us for more information. We need your help for make it happen!"

*Outdoor Movie Screening
* Gypsy Folk-Rock and Jazz Manouche
* Workshops(drum & dance)
* Jam Circle + Giant Bonfire(bring instruments)
* Ecstatic Dances & exciting activities!
* Fire Spinners are welcome to light-up

**This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department**

Supported by Russian Speakers Society of Austin and Musical Conncetions

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Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church

Fr. Aidan may be contacted at Those who need a baptism, wedding, or funeral/memorial service should contact him by email as well as by phone, so as to ensure the fastest response.

Services are in English with some Russian, in the Russian traditions. For a detailed calendar of services, click here.

Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church
(512) 915-0667

Sunday Liturgy 9:30 a.m.