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nyJanuary 17, 7 pm

Traditional Old New Year Party 2014 (Adults Only)

Towne Square Community Center at Steiner Ranch, 12550 Country Trails Lane, Austin, TX 78732

ENTERNTAINMENT PROGRAM INCLUDES:

-  Live music by "Flying Balalaika Brothers" (If you have not heard them playing yet, this is your chance!)
-  Dancing lessons (no worries, will not force that one on you)
-  Best dish contest (it will be prizes!)
-  Contest games (You can't imagine how much fun you have in you)

We ask that you bring your favorite holiday dish for 5-6 people to share and your favorite drink  (NO HARD LIQUOR PLEASE! WE WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THIS PARTY!)

Donation will be asked to cover the rental room cost:

$10 - adults
$5 - seniors
FREE - volunteers are always welcome (please contact us at 512-466-0746 for details or mention that you would like to help upon your arrival to the party)

See you there!

DIRECTIONS:

Follow RM 2222 West, LEFT on RM 620 West, LEFT onto Quinlan Park Rd. and drive 2.2 miles, RIGHT on Country Trails Lane, take first RIGHT turn and arrive at the Town Square Community Center.


2012Russian Speakers' Society of Austin invites to the Russian New Year's Party (old style calendar) at Friday, January 13th, 9-11 pm at the Roial Eco-Friendly Lounge, 120 W. Fifth Street Austin, Texas 78701 (in the downtown Austin area)

Our old new year party - non-traditional style

Attention: New Place This Year and Adults Only Party

ONLY for people 21 and older! Don't forget Your ID!

  • No drinks are allowed to bring
    Drinks can be purchased at the place for 1/2 price (they have a full bar)
  • We will have great music, dancing, fun
  • 9-11 - private party and all are welcome to stay after and have more fun as well as drinks at discounted price
  • We strongly recommend dressing up as the place is very nice
  • RSVP is required

Suggested donation $5 at entry 

Anybody is welcome to come!

Information & RSVP: RusAustin@gmail.com

See old friends! Meet new people! Have fun with us!


New yearTraditional Russian New Year's Party will be on January 15, 2011, Saturday, 7 PM! 

The Russian Speakers Society wishes you a Happy and Prosperous New Year! 

A traditional RUSSIAN NEW YEAR'S PARTY, 2011 (old style calendar) will be held on January 15, 2011, Saturday, from 7 to 11 PM, at Towne Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane (the same place as it was last years!). 

SEE OLD FRIENDS!  MEET NEW PEOPLE! ENJOY HOME-COOKED DISHES, LIVE MUSIC and DANCES!  

As with past tradition, bring your favorite dish for 6-8 people and a drink.

Everybody is welcome to come - forward the invitation to all interested parties.
We are not limiting the attendance to only Russians.
 

First Time in the history of Old New year celebration - our own Austinite Zhenya Rock, a talented song writer, singer and composer will perform live Russian music (with singing) on different instruments to bring Russian authentic experience and spirit to our party! 

Admission: $8/person, $5 - seniors, $3 - kids (12-17yo). Children under 12 are free. 

Please contact us if you will be a volunteer for the party.  There will be no entry fee for volunteers! 

DIRECTIONS: Follow RM 2222 West, LEFT on RM 620 West, LEFT onto Quinlan Park Rd. and drive 2.2 miles, RIGHT on Country Trails Lane, take first RIGHT turn and arrive at the Town Square Community Center.

Contact: Luda 512-442-4016 or Larisa nakhodka2000@yahoo.com


RUSSIAN FALL PARTY

Dear Russian Austinites!

You are invited to celebrate what is “used to be” Day Of Great October!

It is known now as "Äåíü âîèíñêîé ñëàâû Ðîññèè — Äåíü ïðîâåäåíèÿ âîåííîãî ïàðàäà íà Êðàñíîé ïëîùàäè â 1941 ãîäó"

Well, this is great! We don’t live in Russia and we are going to celebrate this Holiday just because.. We like to celebrate, like to remember things back from when we lived in Russia and because we love to have a good time!

So, come and join other Russian Austinites on November 7 from 3 PM to close at Davis White NorthEast District Park 5909 Crystalbrook Dr. Austin, TX 78724

We are going to have some real fun! Bring your kids, parents, and friends, ware something “Revolutionary” like a pioneer Kerchief, red stars, tight leather skirts, leather jackets, Cheka Caps, anything you can think of from that time. This is just for fun, unless you are a communist J We will have a wide variety of activities and games, including kid’s moon walk, Russian songs signing, playing Frisbee, etc.

Bring your favorite food to grill, we will offer shashlyk (do we still want to do that), bring spirits to your liking (vodka is a must) J, other beverages for refreshments, your favorite side dish to share.

We will accept small entrance fee

Friends! Let’s have a lot of fun!!!

 


 

2March 13, 2010, 7 pm - The Russian Spring Fest at Unity Church of The Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 7875.

The concert presented by Russian Speakers Society, will feature outstanding Russian group Flying Balalaika Brothers. They will perform Russian folk music on traditional folk instruments in colorful costumes, melding with American bluegrass and contemporary international acoustic styles. The concert will appeal to lovers of all styles of music and is for all ages.  The artists are the best interpreters of that kind of music. 

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, a local Austin band, have been together for almost 5 years and feature Zhenya Rock, Sergey Vashchenko, and Aleksander Kouznetsov.  Their music has been labeled Russian folk meets American bluegrass.  They have performed for schools and local festivals including the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Pecan Street Festival.  Formally of the Red Elvises, Zhenya’s music has been featured in numerous Hollywood Movies and television series, and with his other group ZeeGrass performs in clubs throughout the United States and Europe.  He is the groups’ composer and lead singer.  His talent as a composer and improviser is combined with Mr. Vashchenko’s extensive skills as a folk musician, conductor, and arranger.  Aleksander Kusznetzov, a rising star in the world of music, will amaze you with his talents on double-bass.  Together, their music will make you want to get out of your seats and dance!   

Tickets $20, Seniors and students - $15, Children age 12 to17 - $10, Children under 12 FREE.

Our sponsors:

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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, and supported by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Details: 512-335-4449 (tickets), 512-442-4016, lvoskov@austin.rr.com, http://www.unityhills.org

 


2009New Year Party-2009

January 17, 2009, Saturday, 7-11 PM - Old Russian New Year

Traditional New Year Party organized by the Russian Speakers’ Society of Austin
January 17, 2009, 7-11 pm
address: Town Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane, ZIP 78732
New Year's Eve... Old New Year's... Chinese New Year's (which is right around the corner on Jan 26th)... New You!!! Or maybe Old You was pretty good already ;-) Be yourself! Be fabulous! Dress to impress (or to kill)...
Colors are yellow, gold, silver, blue or red! Accessories - natural, precious stones. Think - feather, leather, fur - should be fun!
How they say in Russia - "Congratulations With New Year and New Happiness!"
Come and shine :-) bring your friends along, relatives and kids are welcome too!
Let's have an evening of Russian cuisine - bring your favorite dish to share and participate in what can become an Annual Best Russian Cook Contest - you might even get named a Top Amateur
Chef and win a prize! We can do male cook and best kids chef also...
We will have music (can't promise a DJ - unless somebody wants to volunteer), dancing, maybe even some karaoke...
NOTES:
Everybody is welcome to come - forward the invitation to all interested parties.
We are not limiting the attendance to only Russians.
- Place will actually be rented - so we are asking for a $5 contribution at the door


New Year Party-2007

January 13, Saturday, 6-10 PM - Old Russian New Year

Traditional New Year Party organized by the Russian Speakers’ Society of Austin
January 13, 2007, 7-11 pm
address: Town Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane, ZIP 78732

New Year 2007SEE OLD FRIENDS! MEET NEW PEOPLE!
ENJOY HOME-COOKED DISHES, DANCES AND KARAOKE!

Fee: free for volunteers/children under 12, members - $3, general public - $5 + your favorite dish for 6-8 person or drinks. If you wish, bring your favorite music and books/CDs for the silent auction. Become a member! (applications will be at the greeting table)
Directions: Follow RM 2222 WEST, LEFT onto RM 620 west, LEFT onto Quinlan Park & drive for 2.2 miles, RIGHT onto Country Trails Lane, take first RIGHT turn and arrive at the Town Square Community Center.

Album of New year Party-2007


New Year Party

January, 14, 2006, 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Traditional New Year Party organized by the Russian Speakers’ Society of Austin January 14, 2006, 7-11 pm address: Town Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane, ZIP 78732
PROGRAM
7:00-8:00 Dinner and acquaintances
8:00-9:00 Dance lesson: Stewart Yaros, professional instructor and director of the «Dance International» school, will teach TANGO for beginners. + DANCING!
10:00 Closure of the silent auction where you will be able to buy books and CDs for symbolic price or get rid of those you don’t need. Profit goes to the Russian Speaker’ Society.
ATTENTION:
We need a DJ + dance music + volunteers + genius ideas. Contact Irina Kramtsova at tel. (512) 789-8833, ikhramtsova@yahoo.com
RULES OF THE GAME:

Free for volunteers/children under 12, members - $3, general public - $5
Bring your favorite dish for 6-8 person or drinks.
If you wish, bring your favorite music and books/CDs for the silent auction
Become a member! (applications will be at the greeting table)

Album of New year Party-2006


FALL+Y PARTY


October 22, 2005, 7-11 pm

address: Towne Square Community Center, 12550 Country Trails Lane.
PROGRAM
7:00-8:00 Dinner and acquaintances
8:00-10:00 Dance lesson: Stewart Yaros, professional instructor and director of the «Dance International» school, will teach salsa for beginners. + DANCING!
10:00 Closure of the silent auction where you will be able to buy books and CDs for symbolic price or get rid of those you don’t need. Profit goes to the Russian Speaker’ Society.
ATTENTION: We need a DJ + dance music + volunteers + genius ideas. Contact Irina Kramtsova at tel. (512) 789-8833, ikhramtsova@yahoo.com
RULES OF THE GAME:

Free for volunteers/children under 12, members - $3, general public - $5
Bring your favorite dish for 6-8 person or drinks (except red drinks)
If you wish, bring your favorite music and books/CDs for the silent auction
Become a member! (applications will be at the greeting table)

Album of Fall-Y Party-2005

vMusical Connections present:

Los Aztex Balalaika
April 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701

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Joel Guzman
Having grown up in a musical family and playing accordion all of his life, Joel realized that the accordion had no limits. Born into a dual identity, both Mexican and American, Joel continues to merge both cultures into his accordion style. "I may play a box, but I don't want to be put in one" testifies 2-time Grammy award winner Joel Guzman. One blogger at letspolka.com called Guzman “probably the best three-row diatonic player in the country,” and added, “he can play anything from traditional conjunto to jazz and beyond".  Guzman, a child accordion prodigy, was given title "El Pequeno Gigante" by his peers. Guzman has long been known to his peers as the most versatile and virtuoso accordionist in Texas.

Sarah Fox is the main songwriter and driving vocal behind Latin Rock outfit Los Aztex. With a Mexican mother and a Cuban father, Sarah was exposed to the best of several worlds including top artists in salsa, ranchera, blues, as well as jazz music. In 1999, Sarah joined Los Super Seven (RCA/Nashville) as a guest vocalist. The Mexican Roots CD received a Grammy for best Mexican-American album. She quickly followed with "Short Stories" (Hightone Records), and Latinology (GFR). Both projects mixed folk and jazz creating an excellent fusion of tropical rhythm and roots music. 

Joel Gabriel made his professional music debut at the 30th Annual Conjunto Festival in San Antonio,TX. at the age of 14. The young apprentice is perhaps best known for his work with the award-winning group Los Aztex. His skills as a guitarist and accordionist have landed him on stage with some of the best in the business. Musically trained by his father, Joel Gabriel began performing professionally in his mid teens. After taking up guitar he was soon putting his skills to use as an accompanist, culminating with performances with Los Aztex at Le Gran Soufflet in Rennes,FR, Pueblo Fest, Tulare,CA, and many summer festival stages from Texas to Louisiana.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, ated by two Russian musicians, combines classical training with folk traditions. This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion. They will also play original music by Zhenya Rock, composer.

Tickets (at the door):
•           Adults: $20
•           Seniors and Students: $10
•           Students and children under 12: free
Advance tickets online:

This performance is made possible with support from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Artsand Great Promise for American Indians. 

To learn about upcoming shows or to obtain interviews or reviews, contact Sergey Vashchenko at balalaika@sbcglobal.netor at (512) 656-6865.

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nNina McIntire & Musical Connections present:

Flamenco Passion & Ivory Fantasy: Nina McIntire & Yolanda G. Sobrado
May 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theater
207 W 18th St. Austin, TX 78701

EUROPE - USA TOUR

Only One Concert in Austin!

Nina McIntire (Russia/Germany) and Yolanda Sobrado (Spain): These two internationally renowned artists invite you to a fascinating journey through the musical world - gliding through rhythms, melodies and dance - an ethereal bouquet of sound, light and movement. Embraced with Spanish flair the “Ivory Fantasy & Flamenco Passion” show was first presented in Europe.

Yolanda Sobrado is one of the world’s best flamenco dancers. Born in Santander Spain, she studied dance at the prestigious Armengou Dance Center and the Royal Conservatory of Dramatic Art & Dance. She danced at the Ballet Nacional de Espana in Madrid, Ballet de Antonio Gades and she was a Star-Solo-Dancer at one of the most successful show productions in the world -’Riverdance’, Ireland. Today Yolanda continues her artistic career as a dancer and choreographer and conveying her experience at Master Classes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlV4M8Q3gLc

Nina McIntire completed her degree in Master of Fine Arts at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and at first had a career as a classical concert violinist performing around the world with Solo Concerts, Chamber Music and Symphony Orchestras. Recently, Nina has been very active on the international music scene as a composer and pianist, presenting her latest project “Ivory Fantasy” - a fascinating combination of classical music and her original modern style  compositions blended with her vivid and colorful visuals. Emphasizing humanistic and environmental aspects, in her artistic mission Nina celebrates the beauty of the world and the wholeness of the diversity of the world's unique cultures.  www.ivoryfantasy.com

The historic Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871, is Austin’s first and oldest venue. The theater's marvelous reception area and elegant lobbies encourage socializing. With tea, pastries and wine tasting you can enjoy your time with friends and other concert visitors. After the concert you are welcome to share your impressions with the artists and get your CD signed. 

The door is open from 6:15 PM.

One of Nina and Yolanda’s creations can be seen in the music video: "Viva Espana! - Nina - Ivory Fantasy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdVZPyG3Rss

Please note, seats are limited to 300. Reserve your tickets early.
Tickets at the door (cash only) and online:
https://nina-mcintire.ticketleap.com/ivory-fantasy--flamenco-passion/dates/May-06-2017_at_0700PM
www.ivoryfantasy.com

TUCKETS: Adults: $25 / Students: $15 / Children under 12: free

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The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Musical Connectionsthe Russian Speakers' Society of Austin and the Scottish Rite Theater have all helped make this event possible. Please join us! 



vMusical Connections present:

Virtuoso`s Phenomenon: Vyacheslav Grokhovsky, Jr, Felix Slovacek, Jr, Thomas Mesa, & Ilya Yakushev
April 7, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theater
207 W 18th St. Austin, TX 78701

Vyacheslav Grokhovsky, Jr., piano,  will perform with Felix Slovacek, Jr., clarinet, and Thomas Mesa, cello, will perform with  Ilya Yakushev, piano, to present a wide range of international works from Rachmaninov to Beethoven to Brahms & from Bizet to Smetana to Massenet.

Pianist Vyacheslav Grokhovsky, Jr is a prizewinner of international competitions,  including the Cagliari in 2000 and the Marienbad in 2003, among others. Vyacheslav performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a member of the E. Napravnik Piano Trio and chief director of the International Eduard Napravnik Music Festival in the Czech Republic. His international appearances include festivals in Italy, France, the United States, the Czech Republic, Germany and Russia. He holds a bachelor and a master’s degree from the the Moscow Conservatory and the Prague Academy of the Performing Arts as well as a doctorate from the Prague Conservatory.

Czech Clarinetist Felix Slovacek, Jr.  is a versatile and charismatic artist who comfortably navigates the worlds of classical music and jazz  as well as  the musical theater, where he performs as a singer and actor. He holds a master’s degree from the Prague Conservatory and has been selected as the state soloist of the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra.

Thomas Mesa, Cuban-American cellist, is quickly establishing himself as one of the most charismatic and engaging performers of his generation with solo engagements across the United States. Thomas is the Winner of the 2016 Sphinx Competition, Thaviu Competition for String Performance(Chicago, 2013), and the Alhambra Orchestra Concerto Competition. As a soloist, Thomas’ most recent past and present engagements include the Mainly Mozart Festival, Bargemusic, Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, Columbia University, Carnegie Hall, The Supreme Court of The United States, The Heifetz Institute (guest artist), Meadowmount School of Music, Strad for Lunch Series in NYC, International Beethoven Project, Perlman Music Program Alumni Recital as well as universities across the United States. His concerto engagements for this season and future seasons include Los Angeles Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Firelands Symphony, and Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Thomas was one of the featured instrumentalists on The Crossing Choir’s album called “Bonhoeffer” that was nominated for a Grammy.

Pianist Ilya Yakushevhas appeared withthe St. Petersburg Philharmonic, The BBC Concert Orchestra, the San Francisco Philharmonic, and the Boston Pops, among others. He has given recitals in Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey and New York.  He has received many honors and awards around the world, the first when he was only twelve years old. Yakushev received his musical education at Saint Petersburg’s Rimsky- Korsakov College of Music before going on to study in New York at the Mannes  College of Music with piano great Vladimir Feltsman.

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yMusical Connections present:

Sounds of santour: Sarkis Petrosian & Hamayag Hovanessian
March 26, 2017, at 4:00 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theater
207 W 18th St. Austin, TX 78701

This evening’s performance will feature Armenian music performed on the santour, the Armenian national instrument, with piano accompaniment. Armenian santour maestro Sarkis Petrosian and internationally acclaimed pianist Hamayag Hovanessian will perform folk and Classical music which spans the Armenian tradition from the 12th century to the 20th century. Both performers were classically trained at the Komitas State Conservatory for Music of Yerevan.

The santour, similiar to the Romanian cimbalom or the Ukranian cimbali, is a stringed instrument, a hammered dulcimer played with mallets to create a unique range of sound.

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

This performance is made possible with support from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Artsand Great Promise for American Indians.

To learn about upcoming shows or to obtain interviews or reviews, contact Sergey Vashchenko at balalaika@sbcglobal.netor at (512) 656-6865.

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mThe Russian Speakers Society presents:

The 17th Russian Spring Fest
Masterpieces of Russian Romance

Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM at Scottish Rite Theatre,
207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701

This unique musical event will take you on a romantic journey through popular Russian songs and romances.

Nikita Storojev (Vocal - bass), is a graduate of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow, Russia.  After winning the prestigious Tchaikovsky Competition, he became the principal soloist for 5 years in the Bolshoi Theater and the Moscow Philharmonic Society.  Mr. Storojev has performed in major opera houses, concert halls, and international festivals around the world.  His vast repertoire consists of over 50 operatic roles and more than 300 classical songs.  He has performed and recorded under the direction of conductors such as Mstislav Rostropovitch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir John Pritchard, Claudio Abbado, Neeme Jarvi, John Nelson, and Gennady Rozhdestvenski and with singers such as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti.  Mr. Storojev has taught many students in several countries; eighteen of his students have won international singing competitions in Europe.

Tatiana Storozheva (piano), is a professional pianist, accompanist, and vocal coach.  She received her Master's Degree from the Mussorgsky Conservatory in Yekaterinburg, Russia and served as Head Coach at the Yekaterinburg Opera for 22 years.  For her work in opera, Mrs. Storozheva was named an Honored Artist of Russia.  She has received the Best Accompanist award at the Mussorgsky competition.  Her repertoire consists of numerous operas and over 300 hundred songs in Russian, Italian, German, French and English.  She has participated in many festivals in Germany, France, Belgium, Hungary  and the USA.  For the past fourteen years Mrs. Storozheva has worked in conjunction with the Butler Opera Center, University of Texas at Austin.

Mikhail Smigelski (Vocal - baritone), is from St. Petersburg, Russia.  His vocal career began when he enrolled in the Rimsky Korsakov Conservatory, St. Petersburg, Russia, and then in the University of Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany, where in 2012 he completed his Master’s degree in Opera Performance.  In the United States, he earned a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting at the Sam Houston State University.  He is currently working towards his Doctoral degree in Opera Vocal Performance at the University of Texas at Austin.

June Julian, (Vocal - soprano), has received numerous accolades for her rich, warm and inviting lyric soprano voice.  Her engaging stage presence has been the highlight of many productions with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Austin (GSSA), as well as Spotlight on Opera (Suor Angelica, Little Women, etc.).  She was the featured soprano soloist in the Austin premiere of The Children’s Crusade by Cy Young with the Balcones Community Orchestra.  GSSA performances include Iolanthe, Pitti-Sing in The Mikado, and Edith in The Pirates of Penzance.  She has also sung with the Austin Opera, Austin Theatre Project, Austin Chamber Ensemble, and many others.

Tickets (at the door):
•           Adults: $20
•           Seniors and Students: $10
•           Students and children under 12: free
Advance tickets online: https://www.showclix.com/event/masterpieces-of-russian-romance

This performanceis made possible with support from the  City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and Musical Connections.  

For more information, contact Luda Voskov at (512) 577-7790 or e-mail lvoskov@austin.rr.com

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bThe Musical Connections Presents

 “Beyond the Category
Sunday, February 12,2017, at 4:00 PM
Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701

Fiesta-Concerto Duet - Miguel Antonio, Flamenco guitarist and Vladimir Kaliazine, accordion, will present their musical transcriptions, arrangements and improvisations are masterfully combined with Flamenco, Classical and Latin American folk, composers like Juanjo Dominguez, Jose Torregrosa, Joao Pernambuco, Jorge Cardoso and Paco Pena.
MiguelAntoniohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q99qy3bEHlM
Vladimir Kaliazinehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l90ZAnOPIIU

Unique Jazz Trio, led by Victor Prieto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkNrXUweNnQ. Grammy Award Winner Victor Prieto will play his original composition and contemporary Jazz. The New York Times as "A fiendishly skilled accordionist and composer", and by The All About Jazz,as “One of the best World music and Jazz accordionists now days”.

Admission (at the door):

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors and Students: $10
  • Children under 12: free

Advance Admission online: https://www.showclix.com/event/beyond-the-category

This performance is made possible with support from The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact Musical Connections at www.musicalconnections.net
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rrRussian Speakers Society presents:

The 17th Russian Winter Fest
Trio Voronezh and The Flying Balalaika Brothers

Saturday,January 21, 2017, at 7 PM
Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701

The Trio Voronezh from Eugene, Oregon performes arrangements across a variety of musical styles played on Russian folk instruments. The Trio's repertoire includes the works of Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninov, as well as Russian folk songs, Argentine tangos, gypsy dance music, bluegrass and popular songs by Gershwin.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, ated by two Russian musicians, combines classical training with folk traditions. This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion; Vasily Artyukhovon on guitar and bass  balalaika; and Michael Mizma on drums. They will also play original music by Zhenya Rock, composer.

This concert is made possible by The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the arts.

Admission (at the door)

  • Adults - $20
  • Seniors and students - $10
  • Children under 12 – FREE and welcome

                                                                                   
Tickets information: 512-577-7790 or

Online :https://www.showclix.com/event/the-17th-russian-winter-fest

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rrDedicated to World Peace through Music

The Sergey Vashchenko with collaboration of
Nancy Dewell Braus, Englein Haus, Cultural Event productions present

Piano Marathoners

A Concert of Classical Music

the DuoAleAnya & Oleg Poliansky, piano

December 2, Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Hope Lutheran Church
6414 N Hampton Drive Austin, TX 78723

In program:
works by Brahms, Saint-Saens, Listz, Chopin, & Rachmaninoff

Free admission. Donation accepted

Piano Marathoners features the DuoAleAnya, Anya Grokhovski and Alena Gorina, piano four hands. They will perform works by Brahms, Saint-Saens, and Rachmaninoff.

For the second part of concert, Piano Marathoners will be joined by Oleg Poliansky, pianist, Laureate of the Tchaikovsky Competition. This part of the performance will feature the Golden Era repertoire by Listz, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff.

Alena Gorina, currently a lecturer at Texas State University, received her doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Texas. Anya Grokhovsky received her doctorate in piano performance from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. She is the Artistic Director of Musical Bridges around the World, a non-profit cultural and educational organization based in San Antonio, Texas.

Oleg Polyanskiy was born in Kiev. He subsequently studied under Alexander Alexandrov at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music, Sergei Dorensky at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire and Pavel Gililov at the Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz Koln. Since 1993 he has lived in Cologne. He works as a teacher at the Hochschule fur Musik und Tanz Koln. Prize-winner at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1998), international piano competitions in Tokyo (1986), Montreal (1988), Cincinnati (1999), Cantu (2003), the International Christian Ferras and Pierre Barbizet Memorial Duet Competition in Marseilles (1999).

This concert is made possible by grant from the City of Austin's Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the arts.

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Saturday, April 30, 7:00 PM.

bMusical Connections presents
Generations X to Y:
A Concert of Classical Music
The Klever Quartet and The Flying Balalaika Brothers

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

BUY TICKETS ONLINE: https://www.showclix.com/event/generation-x-to-y

Generation X  - a lost musical generation – presents Generation Y, incredibly sophisticated, racially and ethnically diverse in musical interpretations. X and Y are now performing together! The Flying Balalaika Brothers of Generation X present the Klever Quartet from Generation Y.

The Klever Quartet was founded in 2013 by young musicians, individual competition winners now performing collaboratively. The Klever Quartet (Grigory Tadtaev, Vladimir Shulyakovsky, Kristina Vasilyeva, Igor Botvin) has been welcomed in more than 50 cities in Russia and abroad. This international ensemble brings together Ossetian, Russian / Polish, Belarusian, and Georgian performers who have been working closely with The People's Artist of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria Murat Kabardokov, a young and innovative composer. The first result of their collaboration was the CD "Without Words" for string quartet and piano. This work consists of original music composed to incorporate cinematic and classical styles.

This year the Klever Quartet will participate in several chamber music competitions, as well as the Leopold Auer Society project "Music for World Peace" in the United States.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers was created by two virtuoso Russian musicians who first combined  classical training with folk traditions, later inviting American musicians to enhance the band’s musical perspectives The Flying Balalaika Brothers have performed at the Gilroy Festival, the Sawdust Festival, the Valencia Street Market, the Pecan Street Festival, Music Under the Stars, and the Kerrville Folk Festival.  They now perform in concert halls around the nation.  This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock, balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko, balalaika, bass, accordion; Aaryn Russell, guitar and bass balalaika; and Chris Hausler, drums.

Both The Klever Quartet  and The Flying Balalaika Brothers perform from their love for traditional music and for classical elegance. Please join us for an innovative and exciting performance.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts have all helped make this event possible.

Tickets (at the door):

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors: $10
  • Students and children under 12: free (and most welcome)

Information: 512.656.6865, www.musicalconnections.net


 

Saturday, April 2, 7:00 PM.

bMusical Connections presents
The Beauty of the World
Nina McIntire, Piano
Aileen Adler, Theremin

Scottish Rite Theater at 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701

BUY TICKETS ONLINE: https://www.showclix.com/event/the-beauty-of-the-world 

TEA TASTING IN RUSSIAN STYLE DURING INTERMISSION

Nina McIntire, originally trained as a concert violinist at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, is also a modern concert pianist.  In her new multimedia show, "Ivory Fantasy", McIntire  integrates many musical genres, including classical, jazz, rock, and pop, to create a revolutionary contemporary style.  She accompanies her piano performance on-stage with vivid and colorful visuals. The videos, created by Nina, are inspired by her composition and meant to intensify and expand the musical emotion.

McIntire has always emphasized the importance of reaching a wide audience.  Her innovative compositions and her joy in creating and performing them will speak to young and old alike, removing the divide between classical and contemporary popular music.  Known as the Ivory Enchantress, McIntire has successfully performed for diverse audiences in Finland, Russia, Germany, and the United States.

Aileen Adler has been playing and performing the Theremin, the world’s first electronic instrument, for over 20 years. Invented in 1920 by Russian physicist Lev Sergeyevich Termen (or Leon Theremin), the Theremin produces many tones and dynamics, from the vocal effects of a singer to the sounds of a violin. Because the Theremin performer manipulates electromagnetic fields to create sound, never  touching the instrument,  performance is as fascinating for live audiences to watch as to hear.

Trained as a violinist and as a vocalist, Adler strives to present the Theremin as a diverse and viable musical instrument, adapting its “other world” sound to many styles, from the classical tradition to jazz. “Theremin for the Masses” is her self-produced 13 song compilation.  It documents part of her long journey with this amazing instrument, which includes recording as well as live performance for theaters, clubs, schools, and streets and teaching others to play.  Adler also enjoys explaining the Theremin’s scientific technology, its rich musical history –  and even its espionage history!  For over twenty years she has delighted audiences with her experimental voyages through  many musical genres.

This event is made possible with the support of the  City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Musical Bridges Around The World, Great Promise for the American Indian, and Russian Speakers of Austin. Please join us!

Tickets (at the door):

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors: $10
  • Students and children under 12: free (and most welcome)

Information: 512.656.6865, www.musicalconnections.net

Free Parkingis available immediately to the east of the theater at 18th & Colorado.
Theater Location and Map: http://scottishritetheater.org/contact-us/

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gpFebruary 13, Saturday, 7:00 pm

The 16th Russian Spring Fest
Gypsy Passion
Via Romen and Flying Balalaika Brothers

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

The Russian Speakers Society presents a concert featuring two outstanding groups: Via Romen and the Flying Balalaika Brothers.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE: https://www.showclix.com/event/gypsy-passion

TEA TASTING IN RUSSIAN STYLE DURING INTERMISSION

The Via Romen ensemble, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, presents music and dances which are rooted in the Russian-Romany (Gypsy) tradition.  Their music and dance  repertoire originates in Eastern and Western Europe and is enriched by jazz, Jewish, and Latino styles.  Via Romen enchants audiences with intricate improvisations, catchy tunes, and flashy footwork.  Despite being rooted in a Russian-Romani tradition, their music is modern, innovative, and fresh. Via Romen will perform as a Trio of virtuoso musicians - Vadim Kolpakov with violinist Arcadiy Gips and fabulous dancer Marina Shanefelter. Two of the band members, Vadim and Arkadiy, were part of the Madonnas Sticky & Sweet 2008/2009 tour as part of the Kolpakov Trio.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers  was created by two virtuoso native Russian musicians whose combined classical training with folk traditions created a unique sound. They later brought in American musicians to enhance the band.  The Flying Balalaika Brothers first established themselves at small festivals such as the Gilroy Festival, Sawdust Festival, Valencia Street Market, Pecan Street Festival, Music Under the Stars, and the Kerrville Folk Festival.  They  now perform in concert halls around the nation.  This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock, balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko, balalaika, bass, accordion; Aaryn Russell, guitar and bass balalaika; and Chris Hausler, drums.

Both of these  groups perform out of a love for traditional music and classical elegance.  Join us for an innovative and exciting  performance.

It will be a tea tasting in Russian style during intermission.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, all have helped make this event possible. Please join us!

Tickets (at the door):

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors: $10
  • Students and children under 12: free (and most welcome)

Information: 512-335-4449, http://www.unityhills.org

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January 14, Thursday, 7:30 pm

maestroMeet the Maestro!
Austin’s own James Dick, piano
and the St. Petersburg Quartet

At First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX 78756.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE: https://www.showclix.com/event/lets-meet-maestro

James Dick is recognized as one of the internationally renowned pianists of his generation, concert pianist and Steinway artist. He received a scholarship to the University of Texas in Austin, studying with Dalies Frantz. Later, he was a Fulbright Scholar and studied with Sir Clifford Curzon in England.

Mr. Dick's early triumphs as a major prizewinner in the Tchaikovsky, Busoni and Leventritt International Competitions were a prelude to an international career, with performances in New York's Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Town Hall and 92nd Street "Y"; London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room; Le Theatre du Chatelet and Salle Gaveau in Paris; the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.; and  many others. James Dick has performed with the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and many others, working with such conductors as Ormandy, Barbirolli, Levin, Maazel, Kondrashin, Spano, Oue, Sanderling, Hogwood, de Preist and Verrot.

 Here in Texas, James Dick founded and has for decades managed the Round Top Music Festival, with performances presented in a beautiful setting of gardens and historic buildings (with a breathtaking concert hall). Round Top offers summer scholarships to talented young musicians from around the world as well as  events and lodging for musical and cultural events year-round.

The St. Petersburg Quartet: 
Alla Aranovskaya, violin, Boris Vayner, viola, Thomas Mesa, cello, Ilya Yakushev, piano, Luis Salazar Avila, second violin

Founded in 1985, The Petersburg Quartet has been honored with a Grammy nomination and Best Record honors from Stereo Review and Gramophone magazines. The Quartet has received  First Prize and the Grand Prix Musica Viva at the 1991 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition; a Silver Medal and a Special Prize at the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition; and First Prize and Special Prizes at the Vittorio Gui International Competition for Chamber Ensembles in Florence. The Quartet has given an opening night performance at Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center and enjoyed a five-year residency at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. This group has performed hundreds of concerts at many North American, European, and Asian prestigious series and festivals. 

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, an awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Musical Bridges Around The World, Great Promise for American Indian, Russian Speakers of Austin have all helped make this event possible. Please join us!

Tickets (at the door):

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors: $10
  • Students and children under 12: free (and most welcome)

Information: 512.656.6865, www.musicalconnections.net

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December 3, Thursday, 7:30 pm

troika“Troika”: piano duo AleAnya & violinist Mark Cheikhet

At First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX 78756.

Musical Connections presents “Troika,” featuring accomplished Russian piano duo Anya Grokhovski and Alena Gorina accompanied by violinist Mark Cheikhet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Ave. 78756. The trio will present a spectacular virtuoso highlighting the Golden Era repertoire by Kreisler and Rachmaninoff, among others. Admission is $20 for adults and $10 for seniors and children. For tickets, visit www.showclix.com/event/troika.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Musical Bridges Around The World, Great Promise for American Indian and Russian Speakers of Austin all have helped make this event possible.

Musical Connections is a nonprofit organization that promotes a greater understanding of the music of the world through performances, cultural exchanges, musical history and heritage. It also educates the public about the multitude of music produced by cultures around the world.

Tickets (at the door):

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors: $10
  • Students and children under 12: free (and most welcome)

Information: 512.656.6865

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October 9, Friday, 7:30 pm

c“Czech Me Out!”, concert of Classical Music

At First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave., Austin, TX 78756.

The Sergey Vashchenko Production with collaboration of Musical Bridges Around the World Presents “Czech Me Out!”, concert of Classical Music

Pianist Vyacheslav Grokhovsky, Jr. is a prizewinner of several international competitions including Cagliari in 2000 and Marienbad in 2003 among others. Vyacheslav performs extensively as a soloist and chamber musician and is a member of the E. Napravnik Piano Trio and chief director of the International Eduard Napravnik Music Festival in the Czech Republic. His international appearances include prestigious festivals in Italy, France, USA, Czech Republic, Germany and Russia. Son of preeminent Russian Composer Vyacheslav Grokhovski, he received his early music education in Moscow prior to immigrating with his family to the Czech Republic as a teenager. He holds a bachelor and a master’s degree from the Moscow Conservatory and Prague Academy of the Performing Arts and a doctorate from the Prague Conservatory.

Clarinetist Felix Slovacek, Jr. is heralded by the Prague Post as “The virtuoso phenomenon and the future of Czech entertainment.” He is a versatile and charismatic performer comfortably navigating the world of classical music and jazz as well as musical theater as a singer and actor. Son of legendary Czech clarinetist, band director and conductor Antonin Slovacek, Felix was exposed to a great variety of music in his early childhood and had the privilege of studying and performing alongside his internationally renown father. He holds a master’s degree from the Prague Conservatory and has been selected as the state soloist of the Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, since 2014 Felix has been a regular guest conductor with the Carlsbad Symphony Orchestra and is the Artistic Producer of the International Eduard Napravnik Music Festival in Prague.

To learn about upcoming SV Production shows or to obtain interviews or reviews, please contact Sergey Vashchenko at balalaika@sbcglobal.net or at (512) 656-6865.

Both of these artists perform out of a love for traditional music and classical elegance . Join us for an innovative and exciting  performance.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Great Promise for American Indian, all have helped make this event possible. Please join us!

Tickets (at the door):

  • Adults: $20
  • Seniors: $10
  • Students and children under 12: free (and most welcome)

Information: 512-577-7790

Program: Tchaikovsky, Stravinskiy, Schubert- Liszt, Debussy, Massenet, Bizet and others

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Musical Connections presents:

aleanyaEvening of Elegance with Duo AleAnya: A Virtuoso Program for Piano Four Hands

Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin • 4700 Grover Ave Austin, TX 78756

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The Piano Duo AleAnya, Alena Gorina and Anya Grakhovsky, will perform pieces by Brahms, Mozart, Barber, and Rachmaninov. Please join us for this memorable musical event.

Alena Gorina, currently a lecturer at Texas State University, received her doctoral degree in piano performance at the University of Texas. Anya Grakhovsky received her doctorate in piano performance from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. She is the Artistic Director of Musical Bridges around the World, a non-profit cultural and educational organization based in San Antonio, Texas.

The City of Austin's Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Artshave all helped make this event possible.

Tickets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 – FREE

Infromation: 512-335-4449

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ifSergey Vashchenko Production (SVP) Present:

Ivory Fantasy:
An Evening of Piano and Vocal Performance

Saturday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Unity Church of The Hills • 9905 Anderson Mill Rd. Austin, TX 78750

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SVP presents a classical concert "Ivory Fantasy" with pianist/composer Nina McIntire, opera tenor Evgeny Kozyrenko, and concert pianist Alena Gorina. As a composer, Nina McIntire compositionally fuses the most famous works of great masters of past centuries with modern hits. The result is an incredibly revolutionary style of modern popular music written for piano and percussion, producing a sound which is so unique, so dynamic, so explosive, the resulting sparks burst into a musical display of fireworks that must be seen and heard to be believed. The musicians will also celebrate the life and works of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky by performing his arias and romances together with the most beloved Russian folk music. Your breath will be taken away by the delicate and dramatic piano pieces from Chopin and Schubert.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, all have helped make this event possible. Please join us!

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The Master's Music Concert Series 10th Season

Armenia Meets Moldova

Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m.

Unity Church of The Hills • 9905 Anderson Mill Rd. Austin, TX 78750

Sarkis Petrosian, maestro of the Armenian Santoor, and renowned international
pianist, Hamayag Hovanessian will perform music ranging from the 12th to 20th century.

Brilliant Moldovian Violinist Valery Glava will perform classical music with
outstanding pianist and composer Lee Tomboulian. A Musical Journey performed by the Violin-Piano Duo of Valeri Glava and Lee Tomboulian offers an incredible smorgasbord of flavorful music from classical to bluegrass, from Broadway to the theatre in Europe.

All performers were classically trained at the Russian Conservatory for Music. We hope that you will join us for an innovative and exciting performance made possible by funding from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 – FREE

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Infromation: 512-335-4449

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The Gypsy Barn Dance Cabaret

Sunday, March 29, at 6:00 p.m.

Rockin' Y Ranch • 7600 Stillridge Drive Austin, TX 78736

On stage: Flying Balalaika Brothers • White Ghost Shivers • Wino Vino

Musical Connections and Maven Made Entertainment are hosting a unique and energetic live music performance at the inviting Rockin’ Y Ranch. The event is all ages and begins at 6pm on Sunday March 29th. This is a family friendly evening event. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors and children under 12 are free. Tickets available through venue 512-656-6865.

Flying Balalaika Brothers blends modern-day and traditional sounds to create a futuristic fusion of experimental world music. Their shows are extremely interactive and our concerts illuminate the passion, excitement and sorrow for which the Gypsy music is famous.  Seamlessly moving from slower traditional Russian folk songs to guitar and drum-driven punk rock, the group’s high-energy shows feel more like a block party than a performance.

White Ghost Shivers revel in string-band music from the 20s and 30s, mixing early jazz, hokum, vaudeville, ragtime, western swing and hillbilly, yet unleashing the gutterous underbelly of a pseudo-rock world gone wrong. A joyous mixture of the absurd and sublime, the six-piece ensemble gracefully blends a musical amalgam of Hokum Blues, Hillbilly Swing, Country and Hot Jazz.

Wino Vino’s syncretic styling’s have earned them the attention of the most discriminating Musicphiles. Their refined blend of salty lyrics, bawdy Prohibition-era cabaret, and Eastern European folk music features multiple vocalists, guitar, fiddle, accordion, upright bass, clarinet, trumpet, and percussion. Vibrant melodies and marvelously florid tempos of this band of charming miscreants coalesce to create a cheerful playground for their sweaty, satiated fans.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, all have helped make this event possible. Please join us!

Tickets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 – FREE

Infromation: 512-661-9480

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vSunday, March 8, 4pm

The 15th Russian Spring Fest
Via Romen and Flying Balalaika Brothers

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

The Russian Speakers Society presents a concert featuring two outstanding groups: Via Romen and the Flying Balalaika Brothers.

The Via Romen ensemble, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, presents music and dances which are rooted in the Russian-Romany tradition.  Their music and dance  repertoire originates in Eastern and Western Europe and is enriched by jazz, Jewish, and Latino styles.  Via Romen enchants audiences with intricate improvisations, catchy tunes, and flashy footwork.  Despite being rooted in a Russian-Romani tradition, their music is modern, innovative, and fresh. Via Romen will perform as a Trio of virtuoso musicians - Vadim Kolpakov with violinist Arcadiy Gips and fabulous singer Evgenia Zolotariova. Two of the band members, Vadim and Arkadiy, were part of the Madonnas Sticky & Sweet 2008/2009 tour as part of the Kolpakov Trio.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers originally were comprised of two virtuoso native Russian musicians whose combined classical training with folk traditions created a unique sound. They later brought in American musicians to enhance the band.  The Flying Balalaika Brothers first established themselves at small festivals such as the Gilroy Festival, Sawdust Festival, Valencia Street Market, Pecan Street Festival, Music Under the Stars, and the Kerrville Folk Festival.  They  now perform in concert halls around the nation.  This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock, balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko, balalaika, bass, accordion; Aaryn Russell, guitar and bass balalaika; and Derek Hansen, drums.

Both of these  groups perform out of a love for traditional music and classical elegance.  Join us for an innovative and exciting  performance.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin's future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com

Tickets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 – FREE

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Infromation: 512-335-4449

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sf2014May 31, 7:00 pm

IVORY FANTASY

Unity Church of the Hills 9905 Anderson Mill Rd.  AustinTX 78750

Nina McIntire – Ivory Fantasy and Flying Balalaika Brothers 

Nina McIntire from St. Petersburg, Russia completed her degree in Master of the Fine Arts at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Nina has recently been very active on the international music scene as a pianist, presenting her latest project “Ivory Fantasy” - a fascinating combination of classical music and her own compositions arranged in a revolutionary modern style, integrating a variety of musical genres such as ragtime, jazz, pop, and blues. The popularity of this project is already reflected in the extremely successful concerts in Finland, Russia, Germany and the United States.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers were originally comprised of two virtuoso native Russian musicians who combined classical training with folk traditions, later joining American musicians to create a unique sound. First established themselves at small festivals (Gilroy Festival, Sawdust Festival, Valencia Street Market, Pecan Street Festival, Music Under the Stars, Kerrville Folk Festival), they  now perform in concert halls around the nation. This group features vocalist  Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion; Aaryn Russell on guitar and bass  balalaika; Dustin Russell on drums, and Corinne Zappler on viola.

All of these musicians perform out of a love for traditional music and classical elegance. Join us for an innovative and exciting performance.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment all have helped make this event possible. Join us!

Tickets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 – FREE

BUY TICKETS ONLINE

Infromation: 512-335-4449

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INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEXT CONCERT IS COMING SOON

sf2014April 26, 7:30 pm

14th Russian Spring Fest

Unity Church of the Hills 9905 Anderson Mill Rd.  AustinTX 78750

The first concert of Austin’s Russian Spring Festival will be held on April 26, 2014, featuring THE RUSSIAN DUO and Austin’s own FLYING BALALAIKA BROTHERS.

In THE RUSSIAN DUO, Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, joins Terry Boyarsky, master pianist, to create exuberant, passionate performances. Their collaboration combines the mysterious sounds of balalaika with the expressive range of the piano.

THE FLYING BALALAIKA BROTHERS features a wide range of Russian music, from dances and gypsy melodies to classical favorites. This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion; Derek Strahan on bass balalaika, upright bass, guitar, and saxophone; and Dustin Russell on percussions.

Both of these groups perform out of a love for traditional music and classical elegance. Join us for an innovative and exciting performance.

Tuckets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 – FREE

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Infromation: 512-335-4449

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sbMarch 27, 7:00 pm

Swetlana Berezhanay, Organ

St Louis King-France Catholic 7601 Burnet Rd  AustinTX 78704

As a continuation of the multicultural project Maste

rs Music Concert Series, Musical Connections will present two concerts with talent of Svetlana Berezhnaya, Honored Artist of Russia and one of the top five organists in Europe. She is a brilliant musician as well as a respected and accomplished musical arranger, whose compositions and works have been performed by organists throughout Europe. 

Program: Bach, Vivaldi, Piazzola etc

Tuckets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $10; Children under 12 – FREE

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Infromation: 512-656-6865, http://musicalconnections.net/

 

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March 8, 2014, 7:00 pm

Concert "Rising Stars"

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover Ave Austin, TX 78756

Admission:  Adults - $20, Seniors and students - $10
Children under 12 – FREE and welcome

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The S.V. Production presents a concert featuring three outstanding groups: Singer/Songwriter Eve Lesov,  The Turbine Toolshed, and The Flying Balalaika Brothers. This event is dedicated to International Women’s Day on March 8th.

Eve Lesov is an amazing singer-songwriter-pianist working out of New York. Eve was born and raised in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, which is subtly reflected in her unique and haunting sound. After her classical music education in Kyrgyzstan, she fronted a prize winning and internationally acclaimed  alternative rock band. Sincemoving to the United States in 2003,  Eve  been active performer in the New York music scene. A pianist, Eve often performs her songs herself.

The Turbine Toolshed first met at weekly Monday night jams at Amarillo’s beautiful Lost Canyon. Each member brings a different genre ---  Folk, Hip-Hop, Bluegrass, Blues, Dance, Music and Texas Country -- to create a remarkable new collective genre and sound to create a memorable audience experience. Despite the band members’ different backgrounds, they agree on one essential thing: keep the audience dancing. 

The Flying Balalaika Brothers were originally comprised of two virtuoso native Russian musicians who combined classical training with folk traditions, later joining American musicians to create a unique sound. First established themselves at small festivals (Gilroy Festival, Sawdust Festival, Valencia Street Market, Pecan Street Festival, Music Under the Stars, Kerrville Folk Festival), they  now perform in concert halls around the nation.

This project brings together a remarkable musical collection, Gypsy music, big city rock and West Texas swing, a hot new sound on traditional instruments.

The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment all have helped make this event possible. Join us!

for more information, please sees the website: www.musicalconnections.net
http://austinuu.org/wp2013/ or call 512-452-6168

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Russian Speakers Society of Austin presents
RUSSIAN SPRING FESTIVAL

GYPSIES

Russian Speakers Society of Austin presents Houston-based group THE GYPSIES and Austin-based FLYING BALALAIKA BROTHERS

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WHEN: Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Unity Church of The Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78750

This concert would bring the famous “The Gypsies” from Houston to collaborate with the highly acclaimed Austin group, “Flying Balalaika Brothers”.

The Russian Speakers Society has presented Russian Winter and Spring Fest concerts during the last 12 seasons. The society has presented various Russian musicians and artists to the Austin public, entertaining audiences of Eurasian ancestry as well as from other ethnic backgrounds.

"Polyethnic" best describes The Gypsies, Houston’s award winning European-style strolling and ethnic dance band. Voted "Best Traditional/Ethnic" band by the Houston Press, they have dominated this corner of the city’s live music scene since 1974.

Led by the "King of Gypsies," Texas musician and Eastern European folklorist Greg Harbar, of "The Gypsies" is Houston’s band for all seasons and virtually all occasions. Mr. Harbar has amassed a collection of several thousand records and hundreds of massive binders of songs from every conceivable European ethnic breakdown.

This versatile band plays Eastern European, Swing, Klezmer, French, Italian, British Isles, German, Polish-American, Czech, Norteno, Cajun and Zydeco, Country, Solid Gold Oldies, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, and Tropical styles of music. They play balalaikas, accordions, violins, mandolins, guitars, banjos, bouzouki, a full array of horns and ethnic percussion, and a wide variety of other folk instruments. From lively parties with Russian ballet dancers and jam sessions with members of the State Folk Ensembles of Russia and Hungary, to cruises down Buffalo Bayou, The Gypsies play an intriguing assortment of engagements.

They regularly play galas, balls, fund-raisers, grand openings, Opera and Symphony festivities throughout Texas, and at parties entertaining visiting royalty. Their travels include appearances in Austria, France and Germany and on a U.S. tour with the Bulava Cossack Dance Ensemble, an extended engagement on a Caribbean cruise, and appearances at festivals throughout Texas.

The second part of the concert would present the local innovative music of the Gypsy-Russian group, “The Flying Balalaika Brothers”, as well as a joint presentation of Eastern European classical, traditional, and folk music performed on indigenous and acoustic instruments. This concert will ensure the survival and connections of Gypsy music with Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Latino, Balkan, and Middle Eastern music, played on traditional instruments, creating the sounds that were prevalent when the classical composers produced their work. The “Flying Balalaika Brothers” will perform a mix of Russian and Gypsy's folk music in colorful costumes, melded with American bluegrass and contemporary international acoustic styles.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division and Texas Commissioner for the Arts believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

INFORMATION: 512-335-4449 / www.rusaustin.com

ADMISSION:
Adults - $20 • Seniors, Students, Children age 12 to 17 - $10 • Children under 12 – Free

Russian Speakers Society

SPONSORS:

Musical ConnectionsUTcity of austin TCApharasnational endowment for the artsdq

 


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Musical Connections and
Great Promise for American Indians present
MUSICAL EVENING

Master of the Easter Organ

featuring the outstanding organist from Russia Svetlana Berezhnaya

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WHEN: Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 200 East Eighth Street Austin, TX 78701

Program: J.S. Bach • F. Kuperen • L.N.Clerambault • G.Morandy • G.Lardelly • D.Bedard

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division and Texas Commissioner for the Arts believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

INFORMATION: 512-335-4449 / http://usamusicalconnections.com

ADMISSION:
Adults - $20 • Seniors and students - $15 • Children age 12 to 17 - $10 • Children under 12 – Free

SPONSORS:

Great Promise for American IndiansRussian Speakers Societycity of austinTCAnational endowment for the artspharasdq

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pMusical Connection presents Masters Music Concert Series

Saturday February 09, 2013 at 7:30pm in Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78750

Concert of Classical Music produced by Masters Music Concert Series, as a continuation of the multicultural project of Musical Connections.

They will present a concert combining the talents of Elena Portnaya Honored Artist Of Russia and one of the top five pianist in Europe, collaborating with internationally renowned concert violinist Mark Cheikhet.

Musicians will play a purely classical concert of famous compositions written by Brahms, Saint Saens,Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky.

MMCS appeals to peoples of all ages, ethnisities and musical backrounds, and have received wide acclaim from local crirtics due to the high level of musicianship of the performing artists.

The concert will be on Saturday February 09, 2013 at 7:30pm in Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78750, tel.512.335.4449

Tickets: Adults - $20; Seniors and students - $15; Children age 12 to 17 - $10; Children under 12 – Free

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Info Phone: 512.335.4449

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division and Texas Commissioner for the Arts believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.

SPONSORS:

city of austin TCAnational endowment for the artspharas dq Russian Speakers Society


sCome to a Bach CD/DVD party!

Celebrating the release of the magnificent Goldberg Variations played on harpsichord and piano by the award-winning SOPHIA GILMSON Professor at UT Butler School of Music.

Meet Sophia and purchase her delightful CDs and DVDs:

Sunday, January 27, 3-5 PM

Armstrong Community Music School 404 Camp Craft Road, Austin, TX 78746

(512) 474-2331

Sophia will present short demonstrations on harpsichord and Piano and will sign your CDs and DVDs, in Russian or English – your choice! Refreshments will be served.

For more information, see www.sophia-gilmson.com/

This event is sponsored by the Armstrong Community Music School and also by Russian Speakers Society of Austin and Twin Liquors.


 

 

Russian Spring Fest 2012The Russian Spring Fest

May 27 at 4:00 p.m. at Unity Church of The Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78750

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We are proud to announce the 12-th Russian Spring Fest Concert, May 27, Sunday 4 PM.

The concert presented by Russian Speakers Society, will feature two outstanding Russian groups Limpopo and Flying Balalaika Brothers. They will perform Russian folk music on traditional folk instruments in colorful costumes, melding with American bluegrass and contemporary international acoustic styles. The concert will appeal to lovers of all styles of music and is for all ages.  The artists are the best interpreters of that kind of music. 

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Limpopo is a unique blend of tradition, creative talent, culture and originality. Self-described as “crazy Russian folk ‘n’ roll,” they appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Since their arrival to the United States in 1991, they have wowed every crowd, young and old.

Flying Balalaika Brothers made their debut in 1995. Originally comprising of three members who were born in Russia, these virtuoso musicians combined their classical training with folk traditions. Presenting their music to small festivals (Gilroy Festival, Sawdust Festival, Valencia Street Market, Pecan Street Festival, Music Under the Stars, Kerrville Folk Festival), they were soon invited to perform in concert halls around the nation.  

ADMISSION:
Adults - $20 • Seniors and students - $15 • Children age 12 to 17 - $10 • Children under 12 – Free

INFORMATION:
www.rusaustin.com www.usamusicalconnections.comhttp://www.unityhills.org 512-335-4449

SPONSORS:

city of austin TCA grees national endowment for the artspharas hutsfrank angies mcAlexander Palace

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.


stradivariusMaster’s Concert Music Series present by Musical Connections

AN EVENING
with James Dick, Ronald Neal, and Stradivarius

April 27 at 7:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX 78756

2011 Texas Medal Awarded Pianist, James Dick & Violinist/Director Ronald Neal, with members of the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, bring you music of Beethoven, Debussy and Dvorak and the story and demonstrations on a Stradivarius violin.

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ADMISSION:
Adults - $20 • Seniors and students - $15 • Children age 12 to 17 - $10 • Children under 12 – Free

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INFORMATION:
www.usamusicalconnections.comwww.rusaustin.comwww.austinuu.org512-656-6865balalaika@sbcglobal.net

SPONSORS:

city of austin TCA Russian Speakers Society one world theatre pharas

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at www.NowPlayingAustin.com


BMMaster’s Concert Music Series present by Musical Connections


BACH & MOZART
in unique jazz interpretations


Friday, January 20, 2012, 7:30 pm

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX  78756

PERFORMERS:
Valery Grohovsky - Piano
Mark Cheikhet - Viola, Violin
Adam Booker
- Bass
Darren Kuper - Drums

Musical Connections presents The Master’s Music Concert Series of Classical and Jazz music featuring the outstanding pianist from Russia Valery Grohovski,  joined byviolinist Mark Cheikhet, and local jazz musicians, Adam Booker, bass, and Darren Kuper, drums; all brilliant musicians with the rare ability to switch flawlessly from Classical to Jazz, and back again.
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The program includes unique jazz interpretations of works by Bach and Mozart, as well as Bach’s Piano Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052, and Violin Concerto BMV 1041.
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Musical Connections is a non-profit organization and present this concert on Friday, January 20, 2012 in First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin, 4700 Grover Avenue, Austin, TX  78756, beginning at 7:30 pm and lasting until approximately 9:30 pm.

For more information, visit www.usamusicalconnections.com

Admission: Adults - $20 Seniors and students - $15 Children age 12 to 17 - $10 Children under 12 – Free

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SPONSORS:

city of Austin RSSAgreees
dq frank & angies
huts wallys

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.  Visit Austin at www.NowPlayingAustin.com


Russian Rock N RollRussian Rock'n'Roll

Friday, June 3, 2011, 7:30 – 10:00 PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave. Austin, TX 78756.

Musical Connections and The Russian Speakers Society of Austin are presenting the concert “Russian Rock n’ Roll” on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave. Austin, TX 78756.

Two dynamic groups will be performing – “Limpopo” band from California and Austin’s own “Flying Balalaika Brothers.” This is family entertainment at its best!!!

Limpopo is a unique blend of tradition, creative talent, culture and originality. Self-described as “crazy Russian folk ‘n’ roll,” they appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Since their arrival to the United States in 1991, they have wowed every crowd, young and old.

Limpopo first received national attention when they won the International Star Search competition and were highlighted on a national TV commercial for Kit Kat candy bars. They have been a featured act at Montreal’s “Just For Laughs” Festival, at children’s festivals, on cruise ships, on college campuses and at numerous other music festivals across North America. Their set up features traditional Russian instruments such as the triangle-shaped three string balalaika, the bayan (Russian button accordion), and the giant bass balalaika.
Their style of music, however, departs from the traditional “folk music” and offers rock, funk and jazzy renditions of old Russian, Latin and American favorites alongside a performance of slapstick humor and dance. Each member of the band has his own style and definitive personality, adding to the comedy, creating the aura and the awe.

Flying Balalaika Brothers made their debut in 1995. Originally comprising of three members who were born in Russia, these virtuoso musicians combined their classical training with folk traditions. Presenting their music to small festivals (Gilroy Festival, Sawdust Festival, Valencia Street Market, Pecan Street Festival, Music Under the Stars, Kerrville Folk Festival), they were soon invited to perform in concert halls around the nation.

Appearing in traditional costumes, Flying Balalaika Brothers introduce the unique rhythms, harmonies, and sounds of Russian and Eastern European folk and classical music using ethnic folk instruments (balalaikas, spoons, accordion), mix it with styles such as bluegrass and jazz using traditional American instruments (banjo, guitar), add a little drums to rock it out, and create an invigorating and innovative fusion of world music that delights and exhilarates audiences of all ages and ethnicities.  Based in Austin, and currently comprising of six amazing musicians, Flying Balalaika Brothers have been featured on KUT (Austin) radio, Fox television network, and have been featured artists at numerous international festival celebrations.
Musical Connections is a nonprofit organized to promote greater understanding of music of the world through performances, cultural exchanges, musical history and heritage, and by educating the public about music produced by cultures around the world. 

The Russian Speakers’ Society of Austin is a nonprofit created for Austinites and visitors of Austin who come from the former Soviet Union, as well as for anybody who has interest in this area of the world.
This concert is a fundraiser for both 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations. All donations are appreciated and are fully tax deductible. Money raised at this event goes to continue to bring quality, professional, family oriented music and educational programs to the people of Austin and surrounding communities.

Tickets will be sold at the door and will be on sale at Sasha’s Gourmet Russian Market, 7817 Rockwood Lane, Austin, TX 78757.

For more information, visit www.usamusicalconnections.com

Admission: Adults - $20 Seniors and students - $15 Children age 12 to 17 - $10 Children under 12 – Free


1Concert "Classical Journey: from Bach to Piazzola"

April, 2, 2011 at 7:30 pm at St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Road, Austin TX 78757

The Master`s Music Concert Series.

Musical Connections presents The Master’s Music Concert Series of Classical Music featuring the outstanding organist from Russia, Svetlana Berezhnaya, joined by violinist Mark Cheikhet.

Musical Connections is a non-profit organization and present this concert on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in St. Louis King of France Catholic Church, 7601 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78757, USA,  beginning at 7:30 pm and lasting until approximately 9:30 pm.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and made possible by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Also in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great arts.

Svetlana Berezhnaya
Ms. Berezhnaya is a graduate of the Gnesin Institute of Moscow and has her Masters Degree in classical organ from the Kazan Conservatory. She was an intern at the Brabant Conservatory of Holland. Her awards include placing second at the Northern Palmira Festival in 1992, 1st place at the International Organ Competition in Russia in 1996, and in 2000 she gained recognition as an Honored Artist of Russia. She is one of the 5 top organists of Russia and Europe.
Svetlana regularly performs with numerous and prestigious orchestras and choirs in Russia, including the State Philharmonic of St. Petersburg and the Chamber Choir of Moscow.  She has worked with famous conductors, vocalists, and instrumentalists in Europe and the United States including Leo Kramer, Bruce Poley, Mark Sachet, and Graf Murzha. Currently she is the General Director of the Caucas Philharmonic. Ms. Berezhnaya presents master classes on the psychology of performing as well as maintains an active performance schedule throughout Russia, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Sweden, the United States, and Canada. In addition to performing and teaching, Svetlana has recorded eight CDs.

Mark Cheikhet
Following in the footsteps of his father and mother, both professional violinists, Mark began his musical career at the age of 5 in a school for gifted children in Moscow, Russia. He came to Texas to study with famous Russian violinist and Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, Mr. Emanuel Borok, and then with Ellis Shoenfeld at the University of Southern California. In 1995 Mr. Cheikhet traveled to the Moscow Conservatory where he graduated in 2000 as the orchestra conductor.  Currently he is enrolled in a Doctoral program at the University of Texas in Austin with one of America's most prestigious violin teachers Professor Gratovich.
Mark was the founder and first violinist in the “International String Quartet” in Hollywood, as well as a prize winner in numerous competitions, in Kansas City, Los Angeles and San Antonio, including the 2006 Grand Prix winner in the Tuesday Musical Club competition. The San Antonio Current stated “…his warm and beautiful sound transforms the listener to another world....... Mark's clarity of musical thought and virtuosity are truly remarkable…” Mr. Cheikhet has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico and the USA.  He performs regularly with several Russian symphonies and orchestras.  
In addition to his classical career he has performed many jazz concerts with his own compositions.  Mark is one of the founders and active soloists of the music organization Musical Bridges around the World, based in San Antonio.

Musical Connections is a Texas domestic nonprofit corporation, organized to promote a greater understanding of the music of the world through performances, cultural exchanges, musical history and heritage, and by educating the public about the multitude of music produced by cultures around the world. 
The activities of the organization include educating the public about the many types and forms of music in the word today; educating young people about different types and styles of world music through special programs in cooperation with public and private schools; networking with other groups, organizations, etc. who share Musical Connection’s mission and goals; and developing and facilitating cultural exchange programs where musicians from other cultures and countries come to Texas to share their musical heritage and talents, in which The Master’s Music Concert Series is an example.

Musical Connections was founded by Austin area balalaika musician Sergey Vashchenko.  Mr. Vashchenko has a Masters Degree in Music and Orchestral Conducting from the Ural Conservatory in Russia. Along with being an arranger and conductor, he has over 40 years experience performing Classical music as well as Russian folk music.  

Admission:  Adults - $20 / Seniors and students - $15 / Children age 12 to17 - $10
/ Children under 12 – FREE.

Information: 512-680-0422


New yearDon`t miss the new concert:

Virtuosos from Russia at Friday, February 4, 7:30 pm at Unity Church of The Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 78750

The concert presented by the Russian Speakers Society will feature the outstanding Russian-born and internationally recognized talents of Tamara Volskaya (domra - Russian mandolin), and Anatoliy Trofimov (bayan - Russian accordion). Known as the “Russian Duo,” they are hailed as one of the most electrifying musical duos to be found anywhere in the world today. Tamara Volskaya; "the astonishing domra player, a wizard of the strings…” (London, Classical Guitar Magazine, 2000) is considered to be one of the leading contemporary performers on the domra.

In the program artists will present arrangements of folk songs from Russia and Eastern Europe, transcriptions of popular tunes, classical and modern music. Each piece in their repertoire is professionally arranged by both artists to showcase their instruments and versatility. They have toured the United States, Japan, Europe, Russia, Canada and Australia they also gave a highly acclaimed concert performance in Carnegie Hall. “..the husband-and-wife team of Tamara Volskaya on domra and Anatoliy Trofimov on bayan, exhibited consummate artistry and amazing virtuosity in what they performed.“Eagle Tribune”, USA

Also performing during this same concert will be the Flying Balalaika Brothers, a colorful and lively local Austin band who performs on traditional folk instruments. Upon their arrival to the United States they strived to meld traditional Russian roots with a variety of international and contemporary American styles. The concert will appeal to lovers of music, and is for all ages.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and made possible by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Also in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Ticket information: 512-335-4449
For more information, please see the website: http://www.unityhills.org

Admission:  Adults - $20 / Seniors and students - $15 / Children age 12 to17 - $10
/ Children under 12 – FREE.

Tamara Volskaya and Anatoliy Trofimov
performed a recital concert on December 2004 at Victor Borges Hall for the American-Scandinavian Foundation. A most notable achievement so far has been a performance at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in February 2005. In 1999 and 2004 they were featured on NPR's nationally syndicated program "All Things Considered" and on WMAR-ABC TV. Beginning in 2000, the "Russian Duo" has appeared as the featured artists at international festivals in Japan, Israel, Canada, Spain and USA.  In March and April of 2004 they toured Russia, where they performed in seven main Ural and Siberian cities. In the summer of that same year the “Russian Duo” was invited to be a part of the D. Shostakovich Music Festival at Bard College (USA). They performed for the production of two famous Shostakovich operas, “The Nose” and “Moscow: Cherry Tree Towers”. They have also performed during the 2010 Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Nose.” During 2006 and 2007 the “Russian Duo” toured Israel, Canada and Spain. In March, 2008 they returned to their native land during a concert tour in Russia and the Ukraine where they played at the famous Kiev Concert Hall and the Concert Hall of the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow. September, 2008 was marked with a concert tour in Japan and Russia. In 2009-2010 the performers toured again in Russia as well as in Canada. Tamara and Anatoliy established the “Russian Carnival Ensemble” in New York, which has gained great popularity, not only in the Russian community, but among lovers of all genres of music. The ensemble performs regularly in the New York area, including several concerts at the prestigious Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, and at the Lincoln Center as a part of “Russian Splendor.” Tamara and Anatoliy have released several outstanding recordings as a duo as well as two with The Russian Carnival Ensemble.
About the instruments
The domra, a member of the lute family, is a four stringed plucked instrument resembling the Italian mandolin. It is played with a pick and is tuned similar to a violin. The bayan, which resembles the accordion, has buttons on both sides of the keyboard.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, a local Austin band, have been together for almost 6 years and feature Zhenya Rock, Sergey Vashchenko, Rob Jewett, Chris DeVore, and Wayne Duncan.  Their music has been labeled Russian folk roots with an International and American twist.  They have performed for schools and local festivals including the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Pecan Street Festival.
Formally of the Red Elvises, Zhenya Rock’s music has been featured in numerous Hollywood Movies and television series, and with his other group, ZeeGrass, Mr. Rock performs in clubs throughout the United States and Europe.  He is the groups’ composer and lead singer.  His talent as a composer and improviser is combined with  Mr. Vashchenko’s extensive skills as a balalaika musician extraordinaire, conductor, and arranger.  He has been featured in reviews and interviews on local, national and international newspapers, radio, TV and by famous entertainers such as Van Cliburn, Vladimir Viardo, James Dick, Jay Leno, Bill Tillman, Eric Johnson, Smoky Montgomery, and Arthur Brown.  His music is also featured in the introduction of the public broadcasting television program for teaching Russian Language to the public.
Rob Jewett will amaze you with his talents on the contrabass balalaika and upright bass. He has been working as an Austin musician for the past 20 years. Rob has toured with the legendary drummer Buddy Miles (Jami Hendrix, Electric Flag, and Santana), performed live on national television on the Grand Ole Opry with Dale Watson, and has toured the US and Europe with Alligator Records recording artist and Texas Bluesman Long John Hunter. Early in his Austin career, Rob played bass for The Asylum Street Spankers and Wayne (the train) Hancock. He has also shared the stage with Bluesman Buddy Guy and Conjunto musician Flaco Jimenez.
Chris DeVore started playing guitar at 15 years of age. Besides being a professional studio guitarist, he has played in other bands including Many More, Jon Brantley Band, Pitchfork, Stealing Silence, International Duo, and The Sam's Town Jam Band. He has provided drumming for Devin Johnson and Phoenix Jackson. As a rising star in the world of music, Chris will amaze you with his talents on acoustic guitar.
Wayne Duncan has been playing drums for 37 years. He has recorded 35 albums and proficiently plays the drums, doumbeck, table, guitar, and boudhran in a diverse range of styles which include jazz, rock, country, funk, swing, folk, and world music.
Together, The Flying Balalaika Brothers’music will make you want to get out of your seats and dance!


2March 13, 2010, 7 pm - The Russian Spring Fest at Unity Church of The Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 7875.

The concert presented by Russian Speakers Society, will feature outstanding Russian group Flying Balalaika Brothers. They will perform Russian folk music on traditional folk instruments in colorful costumes, melding with American bluegrass and contemporary international acoustic styles. The concert will appeal to lovers of all styles of music and is for all ages.  The artists are the best interpreters of that kind of music. 

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, a local Austin band, have been together for almost 5 years and feature Zhenya Rock, Sergey Vashchenko, and Aleksander Kouznetsov.  Their music has been labeled Russian folk meets American bluegrass.  They have performed for schools and local festivals including the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Pecan Street Festival.  Formally of the Red Elvises, Zhenya’s music has been featured in numerous Hollywood Movies and television series, and with his other group ZeeGrass performs in clubs throughout the United States and Europe.  He is the groups’ composer and lead singer.  His talent as a composer and improviser is combined with Mr. Vashchenko’s extensive skills as a folk musician, conductor, and arranger.  Aleksander Kusznetzov, a rising star in the world of music, will amaze you with his talents on double-bass.  Together, their music will make you want to get out of your seats and dance!   

Tickets $20, Seniors and students - $15, Children age 12 to17 - $10, Children under 12 FREE.

Our sponsors:

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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, and supported by the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

Details: 512-335-4449 (tickets), 512-442-4016, lvoskov@austin.rr.com, http://www.unityhills.org

 


1February 21, 2010, 4 pm - Concert "Romantic Journey" at Unity Church of The Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, TX 7875.

The Master`s Music Concert Series. 

Musical Connections presents academic concert named “Romantic Journey” CD Release, under jubilee celebration of Kalinka`s 20-th. The concert will feature outstanding voice of Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker (tenor), people call him “New Pavarotti” and  2003, 2008 American Grammy Award Contender: Russian Duo KalinkaSergey Vashchenko on balalaika (Russian Banjo), and Vladimir Kaliazine on bayan (Russian Accordion). This year the musicians are also celebrating their milestone of forty years in the music art. Enjoy the performance of the most famous Russian folk and classic music; Jewish, Spanish, Italian and German classical and popular romances. The musicians will dazzle you with pieces from Bizet, Liszt, Paganini and Rimsky-Korsakov as well as very popular Russian songs like Kalinka and Moscow Nights. Bon Voyage!

Trio Bio.

Romantic Journey represents the musical voyage and collaboration of three unique talents. In 1989 Kalinka were on tour in Odessa, Ukraine when they met vocalist, Itzhak Zhrebker. An instant musical bond developed and the three performed to wide acclaim. Following this initial meeting the musician continued on they own paths. Mr. Zhrebker immigrated to Israel, performing at concerts, in synagogues as a cantor and working with the Israel Opera. Kalinka moved on to Spain and continued to perform throughout Europe to cheering fans. As Fate would have it, these three artists were brought together again in Dallas where they all now reside. In 1996 they celebrated their reunion at the Dallas International Museum of Culture with an exuberant concert of classical and folk music. Since then they have continued to perform together in concert halls and synagogues throughout the Southwest. In repertoire of Romantic Journey showcase their talents and travels including Russian folk and classical music, Jewish, Spanish, Italian and German classical and popular romances. Bon Voyage!

Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker Bio.

Straight from Odessa, by way of Israel, Cantor Itzhak Zhrebker brings a warm, personable approach to teaching what he loves most-Jewish and liturgical music. He is also known for his breathtaking voice and musical talent. As a child prodigy, he started studying and singing professionally at the age of six. His parents recognized his musical and vocal talents early on and encouraged him to pursue a career in music. Cantor Zhrebker studied under the direction of Cantor Naftali Herhtick, Cantor I. Eshel and Cantor Louis Danto, and received concentrated cantorial education from Elli Jaffe, the musical director of the Great Synagogue of Jerusalem. He earned his Master's degree in voice coaching, choir conducting and solo performance from Odessa City Academy of Music. He has a full operatic voice and has mastered Verismo and Belle Canto techniques. In addition to his beautiful singing voice, Cantor Zhrebker is a conductor, an arranger and a composer. His vocal debuts have included songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, Italian, French and English. Prior to his appointment as Cantor of Congregation Shearith Israel, Cantor Zhrebker performed as a soloist for the Jewish Musical Drama Theater. He has also served as guest cantor for various synagogues around the world. During his six years in Israel, Cantor Zhrebker performed with the New Israeli Opera. His professional credits include performing as a solo vocalist in concerts in Canada, Israel and the U.S. In addition, Cantor Zhrebker has taken part in several radio, television and movie productions. For the last three years Cantor Zhrebker performed with Walden Piano Quartet, Russian Ensemble Kalinka, String Trio Les Amis, Marvin Hamlisch, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and his latest success was with The Dallas Opera and the cast of Tales of Hoffmann. Cantor Zhrebker celebrated his 10 year Anniversary at Shearith this past May by recording his eighth album, Etz Chaim He. Through outstanding music programs, his work with adult and youth choirs, and his innovative approach to High Holy Days and Shabbat melodies, Cantor Zhrebker has brought a new spirituality to prayer at CSI.

Kalinka Bio.

Sergey Vashchenko and Vladimir Kaliazine been granted to stay in US like a extraordinary musician.  They perform throughout Texas in varios concert halls, with symphony orchestras and on programs with other musicians, singers and dancers.  They represented the folk music of they homeland, and intoduce this genre of music to enthusiastic audiences. They have been touring and promoting their music throuout Texas, as well as New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Tucson.  They produced 4 CDs together, including the Grammy Award contender in categoty Morld Music, "Somewhere My Love - Russian Gems" and “ Anastasia. Russian Gold”.   They have created concert series of Russian Folk Music, Spanish Flamenco, Argintinian Tango Nuevo, Jewish Horas, popular classical music, and songs of Europe.  These musicians add to the rich musical fabric of Texas.  Both Mr. Vashchenko and Mr.Kaliazine have successfully managed themselves as touring musician throughout Europe and North America for over 40 years.   They have also been featured in positive reviews and intervievws on local, national and international newspapers, radio, TV and famos musician like Van Clibern, Jemes Dick, Vladimir Viardo, Jey Leno, Bill Tilliman, Eric Johnson. They music is also featured in the introduction of the public broadcasting television program for teaching the Russian language to the public.

Tickets $20, Seniors and students - $15, Children age 12 to17 - $10, Children under 12 FREE.

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This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Details: 512-335-4449 (tickets), 512-442-4016, lvoskov@austin.rr.com, http://www.unityhills.org

 


bashakov_komarovSeptember 30, 2009, 9pm - concert of singer-songwriters Michail Bashakov, Kirill Komarov and the group "Turnip".

Carousel Lounge, 1110 East 52nd St Austin, TX 78723.

Entree fee : $5.

Information: 512.914.1979

Informational support - Russian Speakers` Society of Austin

About the singers : www.bashakov.ru, www.kkomarov.ru


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May 30, 2009, Saturday, 7:00 pm - concert "Kalinka 20-th"

The Master`s Music Concert Series.

Musical Connections presents a jubilee concert, named “Kalinka`s 20-th” to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Duo Kalinka. The concert will feature 2003 and 2008 American Grammy Award Contender: outstanding Russian Duo KalinkaSergey Vashchenko on balalaika (Russian Banjo), and Vladimir Kaliazine on bayan (Russian Accordion). This year the musicians are also celebrating their milestone of forty years in the music art. Enjoy the performance of the most famous Russian folk and contemporary music; Classical; and popular Eastern European music. The musicians will dazzle you with pieces from Liszt, Paganini and Rimsky-Korsakov as well as very popular Russian songs like Kalinka and Moscow Nights.
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Hope Presbyterian Church, 11512 Olson Drive, Austin, TX 78750 

Tickets: $20, seniors and students $15, Children age 12 to17 - $10, children under 12 FREE.

Information: Tel: 512-466-0746, balalaika@sbcglobal.net, www.usamusicalconnections.com


ôëàìåíêîMay 17, 2009, Sunday, 4:00 pm - concert "Vivo Flamenco"

The Master`s Music Concerts Series.

The Musical Connections is proud to announce “Vivo Flamenco!”, a concert of Flamenco style music.  Experience this thrilling performance featuring outstanding Flamenco star Miguel Antonio as he performs the most popular Flamenco music with his group “Fiesta Concerto”.

Artists Vladimir Kaliazine, on bayan, and Sergey Vashchenko, on balalaika, will dazzle music lovers with Latin and Eastern European music.

Enjoy the rhythms of concert guitarist, Miguel Antonio, as he combines Flamenco, Classical, and Latin American folk music in his performance.  Miguel has studied with legendary teachers both in the U.S. and in Spain including two of the greatest masters of flamenco guitar, Mario Escudero and Sabicas.

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Unity Church of The Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Rd, Austin, Texas

Tickets: $20, seniors and students $15, Children age 12 to17 - $10, children under 12 FREE.

Information: Tel: 512-656-6865, balalaika@sbcglobal.net


Ãðèãîðèé ÄèêøòåéíFriday April 18, 2008, 7:30 pm, Board Room, LCRA
Literary-musical cafe-10: Gregory Dikshtein

Many of you who are familiar with Russian bard songs, an intelligent and most sincere  direction of Russian underground culture developed in the early 1960’s, certainly know Gregory Dikshtein’s name.  His songs have been spread in every Russian speaking community all over the world and even translated into other languages.  His songs crossed the boarders of the Soviet Union much earlier then the author himself had a chance to do so.  His songs were published in Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Israel, and U.S.A.  His published discs and books helped people to get to know him better.  He was invited to Israel, Germany, Frances, Ukraine, all the countries of the former Soviet Union, and France were successfully performed various concert programs.  During the last fifteen years Russian speaking Americans gathered to listen to him in many different cities in America.  He performed at over one hundred concerts throughout America and he had hundreds of programs broadcasted on the Russian radios all over the world!  English-speaking listeners also had a few chances to familiarize themselves with the songs of a Great Russian songwriter and performer, all in-one, Gregory Dikshtein.  Northwestern University, University of Wisconsin in Madison, Stanford University, Hartford University, Michigan University, and University of Illinois have organized his concerts and enjoyed his performances.
This program is funded and supported in part by City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Art.

Fee: $10

Information: Luda, 577-7790 (cell.), 512-442-4016, lvoskov@austin.rr.com


March 15th, 2008, 7 pm, Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Road Austin, TX 78750: "Russian Folk and Rock" (plus reception in Russian style)

Address: Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Road Austin, TX 78750

Featured artists: "Kalinka" duet - Sergey Vashchenko (balalaika) and Vladimir Kaliazin (bayan)
"Flying Balalaika Brothers" group, Dance Group "Uzory"

We are proud to announce the one of the Russian Spring Fest concerts.
The concert “Russian Folk and Rock”, presented by Russian Speakers Society, will be held on March 15, at the Unity Church Of The Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Road, Austin TX., 7:00 PM. The concert will feature three outstanding Russian groups, Kalinka, Flying Balalaika Brothers, and Russian Folk Dance Ensemble – “Uzori”.

An array of Russian cuisine will be provided by Sasha’s Gourmet Russian Market and Cafe. Admission for this concert/reception is $20. Ticket information: 512-459-1449.

The concert will appeal to lovers of all styles of music and is for all ages. The artists are the best interpreters of that kind of music. This program is funded and supported in part by City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Art.

The group, Kalinka, features two Russian virtuoso musicians, Sergey Vashchenko, on balalaika, and Vladimir Kaliazine, on bayan. The European award-winning and 2004 Grammy Award Contenders have been performing together for almost twenty years throughout Europe and the United States. They have played with symphonies, chamber groups, and as soloists, interpreting both traditional Russian folk music and popular classical music. Among other awards, Mr. Vashchenko won first place in the 1980 Ukrainian Russian Folk Instrumental Competition, and Mr. Kaliazine was concertmaster for the Folk Dance Ensemble of Siberia. Before moving to the Texas, duo was awarded numerous prizes in Germany, France, and Spain.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, a local Austin band, have been together for almost four years and feature Zhenya Rock, Sergey Vashchenko, and Aleksander Kuznetzov. Their music has been labeled Russian folk meets American bluegrass. They have performed for schools and local festivals including the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Pecan Street Festival. Formally of the Red Elvises, Zhenya’s music has been featured in numerous Hollywood Movies and television series, and with his other group ZeeGrass performs in clubs throughout the United States and Europe. He is the groups’ composer and lead singer. His talent as a composer and improviser is combined with Mr. Vashchenko’s extensive skills as a folk musician, conductor, and arranger. Aleksander Kusznetzov, a rising star in the world of music, will amaze you with his talents on double-bass. Creating a unique international blend, revered blues vocalist Leeann Atherton joins the Flying Balalaika Brothers on vocals, harmonies and contrabass balalaika performing original compositions from "Gypzee Heart", the duo created by Zhenya and Leeann, inflecting traditional Russian folk music with Texas roots music. Together, their music will make you want to get out of your seats and dance!

The name “Uzori”, chosen by the ensemble’s Artistic Director, Yelena Kochourova, from St. Petersburg, is taken from a Russian word meaning “intricate decorations’, such as those found on traditional folk costumes. The ensemble captures both the grace and fire of Russian dance. Uzori is the first Russian dance ensemble to be formed in Houston and present dances of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe. The company maintains an active schedule of public and private performances, which include the “Russian Day” celebration at NASA and the preview reception for the exhibit “Kremlin Gold” at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Vera Goltsova (9 year old) & Ylia Yatcenko (7 year old). Both were born in Houston. They are taking ballet classes with us and perform with “Uzori” for 3 years. This is going to be their 1st performance with “Super Uzori”.

For more information, please contact Mr. Vashchenko at 512-420-0574 or Balalaika@sbcglobal.net

Fee: $20

Information: Luda, 577-7790 (cell.), 512-442-4016, lvoskov@austin.rr.com


Àëåêñåé Êèñêà÷èSaturday, February 2, 7 PM, LCRA, Board Room of the Hancock Building, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd. Austin, TX

ALEX KISKACHI

Alex Kiskachi, a musician, singer and songwriter, is well known not only in his hometown, but also far beyond the Southern California scene where he regularly performs with his band or solo unplugged. After successful tours throughout the both coasts and Midwest, he comes to Texas for the first time.

Alex’s music fuses gloom yet self-irony and raunchiness of blues, drive and madcapping of rock-n-roll, pure emotion of latin rhythms. His lyrics are deeply metaphorical and filled with wordplay and symbolism, yet follow the best traditions of Russian poetic heritage. His musical influences encompass a wide range of seemingly eclectic sources: from the early 20th century Russian chansonnier Alexander Vertinsky to legendary Russian rock bands Aquarium and Auktyon, from Paul Simon to Tom Waits. Here’s what Alex says about his shows: “Concerto for winds, strings and freaky voices. Music for emotional men with a sense of rhythm. Lyrics for intelligent women with a sense of humor.”

A lot of outstanding musicians have played and currently play in his band. In the current tour, Alex Kiskachi will be joined by Leo Chelyapov, a well-known saxophone and clarinet player and a former member of legendary Russian bands “Brigada S” and “Bravo”. He is currently a leader of the Los Angeles-based klezmer orchestra “Kings of Klezmer”. Alexander Kuznetsov, a talented Austin musician, will also perform at the concert (bass).

Alex Kiskachi’s albums:
Chronicle (2002)
Unfaithful Syncopations (2005)

Alex Kiskachi’s website: http://kiskachi.com
The tour info: http://kiskachi.com/concerts/txtour08.html
Kings of Klezmer: http://www.kingsofklezmer.com

"We give Alexey Kiskachi's Chronicle three thumbs up" - Los Cabanos Times

"Magnifique!" - Le Monde Russe

Fee: $10
Address: LCRA, in Board Room of the Hancock Building, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd.(between Redbud Trail and Enfield Ave.).
Directions: From Mopac (Hgw.1) take exit Lake Austin Blv. and drive west, after passing the traffic light at intersection with Redbud Trail turn right to 3700; the Hancock Bldg. will be on your left from the parking. The Board room will be on first floor, on left side from the main entrance.
Information: Luda ph. 577-7790 (cell.) or 442-4016 (after 7:00 pm)


Èãîðü ÈðòåíüåâIgor Irteniev: poet and satirist

Saturday, November 10, 7:00 pm, Board Room, LCRA

First time in Austin! Concert of famous russian poet-satirist Igor Irteniev.

Igor Irteniev is relatively "famous" he is a political satirist and writes poetry. He has published books and used to appear on TV reciting his satirical poetry.

Igor, a truly unique figure in contemporary Russian culture. Taking on a gamut of parts -- from a 1970's underground artist to a 1990's political commentator and "voice of the people", Irteniev is a poet whose sharp satirical verses brilliantly reflect (and influence) the mindset of contemporary Russia or, at least, that of the culture-oriented part of its population.

Information about Irteniev (Russian only):
http://gazeta.ru/kolonka.shtml
http://gazeta.ru/column/irtenyev/
http://irteniev.msk.ru
http://irteniev.livejournal.com
http://umorist.ru/collection/irteniev/
http://lib.ru/ANEKDOTY/irtenew.txt
http://girlsite.narod.ru/irtenev.htm
http://mp.urbannet.ru/TVOR-P/i/irteniev/irteniev-tv.htm

Fee: $10 + your favorite desert, tea will be served.
Address: LCRA, in Board Room of the Hancock Building, 3700 Lake Austin Blvd (between Redbud Trail and Enfield Ave.).
Directions: From Mopac (Hgw.1) take exit Lake Austin Blvd. and drive west about 2 miles, after passing through the traffic light at intersection with Redbud Trail, turn right to 3700; the Hancock Bldg. will be on your left from the parking. The Board room will be on first floor, on left side from the main entrance.
Questions: Call Luda at 577-7790 (cell) or 442-4016 (after 7 PM)


Russian Concert and ReceptionRussian Concert and Reception

September 8, Saturday, 6 PM – Private House, 11601 Tanglebrair, Austin TX 78750

"CREDO" - Vocal Quartet, St. Petersburg
“ART OF BALALAIKA” – Sergey Vashchenko

Tickets $10
This program funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Contracts and by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Credo Quartet –founded just five years ago, this vocal ensemble produces fresh interpretations of many well-known choral works that are customarily sung by larger choirs. Though the group is relatively young, each of its members has sung with leading choirs in St. Petersburg. The name “Credo” means “I believe” in Latin, and each of the singers believes in the grace, beauty and divine nature of the gift of singing.

Art of Balalaika – Sergey Vashchenko – very well known as balalaika virtuoso in every venue from folk to classical music, he has also been for many years the conductor and musical director for shows at Rice University of Houston for the orchestra affiliated with the Balalaika-Domra Association of America. He has produced several CDs together and with the collaboration of other artists. The latest CD, entitled “Somewhere My Love” was running for a Grammy Award 2004 under the “Best Traditional World Music Album”.

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to hear this wonderful concert!

Please reserve your tickets for this concert at 577-7790 or 442-4016 due to limited seats.


Russian Spring Fest

Saturday, May 26, 2007, 7 PM, at First Unitarian Universalist Church (4700 Grover Avenue, Austin TX 78756)

The concert “Russian Spring Fest”, presented by Russian Speakers Society, will be held on May 26, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover Ave., 7:00 PM. The concert will feature three outstanding Russian groups, Kalinka, Flying Balalaika Brothers, and Russian Folk Dance Ensemble – “Uzori”. An array of Russian cuisine will be provided by Sasha’s Gourmet Russian Market and Cafe.
The concert will appeal to lovers of all styles of music and is for all ages. The artists are the best interpreters of that kind of music.
The concert is supported with funding from the Cultural Contracts Division of the City of Austin, Texas Commission on the Art and The Non Profit Center.
The group, Kalinka, features two Russian virtuoso musicians, Sergey Vashchenko, on balalaika, and Vladimir Kaliazine, on bayan. The European award-winning and 2004 Grammy Award Contenders have been performing together for almost twenty years throughout Europe and the United States. They have played with symphonies, chamber groups, and as soloists, interpreting both traditional Russian folk music and popular classical music. Among other awards, Mr. Vashchenko won first place in the 1980 Ukrainian Russian Folk Instrumental Competition, and Mr. Kaliazine was concertmaster for the Folk Dance Ensemble of Siberia. Before moving to the Texas, duo was awarded numerous prizes in Germany, France, and Spain.
The Flying Balalaika Brothers, a local Austin band, have been together for almost two years and feature Zhenya Kolykhanov, Sergey Vashchenko, and Aleksander Kuznetzov. Their music has been labeled Russian folk meets American bluegrass. They have performed for schools and local festivals including the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Pecan Street Festival. Formally of the Red Elvises, Zhenya’s music has been featured in numerous Hollywood Movies and television series, and with his other group ZeeGrass performs in clubs throughout the United States and Europe. He is the groups’ composer and lead singer. His talent as a composer and improviser is combined with Mr. Vashchenko’s extensive skills as a folk musician, conductor, and arranger. Aleksander Kusznetzov, a rising star in the world of music, will amaze you with his talents on double-bass. Together, their music will make you want to get out of your seats and dance!
The name “Uzori”, chosen by the ensemble’s Artistic Director, Yelena Kochourova, from St. Petersburg, is taken from a Russian word meaning “intricate decorations’, such as those found on traditional folk costumes. The ensemble captures both the grace and fire of Russian dance. Uzori is the first Russian dance ensemble to be formed in Houston and present dances of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe. The company maintains an active schedule of public and private performances, which include the “Russian Day” celebration at NASA and the preview reception for the exhibit “Kremlin Gold” at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
For more information, please contact Mr. Vashchenko at 512-420-0574 or Balalaika@sbcglobal.net
Advance Tickets at Sasha`s Gourmet Russian Market and Cafe, 7817 Rockwood Ln.,Tel: 512-459-1449.

Album of Russian Spring Festival - 2007


"CREDO" Vocal Quartet Concert

December 9, 7 PM - Board Room, LCRA

This program funded in part by the City of Austin Cultural Contracts and by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

New Year 2007A few words about Credo

Founded just four years ago, Credo Quartet was formed desire to sing choral music of many countries, musical styles and traditions. This esteemed vocal ensemble produces fresh interpretations of many well-known choral works that are customarily sung by larger choirs. Though the group is very young, each of its members has great working experiences in leading choirs of St. Petersburg.
The ensemble’s name “Credo” is of Latin origin and means “I believe”. All members perform for Orthodox churches during the many beautiful liturgies of the Eastern tradition. Each of the singers professes a deep belief in the ministry of their musical works and they demonstrate a great understanding of the substance of the Divine Liturgies. Indeed, they are believers in the grace, beauty and divine nature of the gift of singing.
The Russian Orthodox musical heritage comprises the heart of Credo’s repertoire. However, the quartet also engages the listener with an array of Russian folk songs, western classical music styles, contemporary works by Russian and international composers. To paraphrase the great Richard Wagner, the ensemble believes that the human voice is the oldest and finest one of musical instruments, and the obligation to use it for singing is of the highest importance in one's life.
The vocal ensemble “Credo” has proved it to numerous audiences in concerts.

Information about quartet "Credo": www.credo-quartet.com

Tickets at Austin: 512-442-4016, lvoskov@austin.rr.com

Album of "CREDO" Voacl Quartet Concert


Monday, September 25 is Shostakovich's 100th birthday!

Sophia Gilmson with friends Darlene Wiley, soprano, Rose Taylor, mezzo soprano, Warren Stanley, tenor, and Roger Myers, viola, will celebrate with All- Shostakovich Concert, poetry reading, birthday cake and more!

Date, Time & Location

Monday, September 25, 2006, 8:00 PM, Jessen Auditorium

Parking: Jessen Parking
Information
Phone - Music Hotline (512) 471-5401
Fees: $10 General Public. Tickets available at the door


THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL-INSTITUTE AT ROUND TOP & Russian Speakers` Society of Austin present KALINKA

Date, Time & Location

Saturday, August 26, 2006 at 3 PM in the Festival Concert Hall on Festival Hill, State Highway 237 at Jaster Road

The Festival-Institute presents the Russian folk duo Kalinka, with folk dancers Oksana Chernyuk and Viorel Balan.

Russian folk duo Kalinka (balalaika virtuoso Sergey Vashchenko and Russian accordion or ‘bayan’ player Vladimir Kaliazine), have been performing together for 35 years, ten years in Texas. The Kalinka bayan and balalaika duo presents performances featuring a unique combination of instruments and repertoire that showcase both the artists' heritage and training. The balalaika and bayan are instruments whose sounds reflect the language of Old World melodies. After performing throughout Russia and Europe, the duo moved to the United States to settle in Texas. Whether performing spectacular classical and traditional Russian works or international favorites, Kalinka's charm and virtuosity is evident.

vMusical Connections present:

Los Aztex Balalaika
April 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701

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Joel Guzman
Having grown up in a musical family and playing accordion all of his life, Joel realized that the accordion had no limits. Born into a dual identity, both Mexican and American, Joel continues to merge both cultures into his accordion style. "I may play a box, but I don't want to be put in one" testifies 2-time Grammy award winner Joel Guzman. One blogger at letspolka.com called Guzman “probably the best three-row diatonic player in the country,” and added, “he can play anything from traditional conjunto to jazz and beyond".  Guzman, a child accordion prodigy, was given title "El Pequeno Gigante" by his peers. Guzman has long been known to his peers as the most versatile and virtuoso accordionist in Texas.

Sarah Fox is the main songwriter and driving vocal behind Latin Rock outfit Los Aztex. With a Mexican mother and a Cuban father, Sarah was exposed to the best of several worlds including top artists in salsa, ranchera, blues, as well as jazz music. In 1999, Sarah joined Los Super Seven (RCA/Nashville) as a guest vocalist. The Mexican Roots CD received a Grammy for best Mexican-American album. She quickly followed with "Short Stories" (Hightone Records), and Latinology (GFR). Both projects mixed folk and jazz creating an excellent fusion of tropical rhythm and roots music. 

Joel Gabriel made his professional music debut at the 30th Annual Conjunto Festival in San Antonio,TX. at the age of 14. The young apprentice is perhaps best known for his work with the award-winning group Los Aztex. His skills as a guitarist and accordionist have landed him on stage with some of the best in the business. Musically trained by his father, Joel Gabriel began performing professionally in his mid teens. After taking up guitar he was soon putting his skills to use as an accompanist, culminating with performances with Los Aztex at Le Gran Soufflet in Rennes,FR, Pueblo Fest, Tulare,CA, and many summer festival stages from Texas to Louisiana.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, ated by two Russian musicians, combines classical training with folk traditions. This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion. They will also play original music by Zhenya Rock, composer.

Tickets (at the door):
•           Adults: $20
•           Seniors and Students: $10
•           Students and children under 12: free
Advance tickets online:

This performance is made possible with support from the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Artsand Great Promise for American Indians. 

To learn about upcoming shows or to obtain interviews or reviews, contact Sergey Vashchenko at balalaika@sbcglobal.netor at (512) 656-6865.

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nNina McIntire & Musical Connections present:

Flamenco Passion & Ivory Fantasy: Nina McIntire & Yolanda G. Sobrado
May 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theater
207 W 18th St. Austin, TX 78701

EUROPE - USA TOUR

Only One Concert in Austin!

Nina McIntire (Russia/Germany) and Yolanda Sobrado (Spain): These two internationally renowned artists invite you to a fascinating journey through the musical world - gliding through rhythms, melodies and dance - an ethereal bouquet of sound, light and movement. Embraced with Spanish flair the “Ivory Fantasy & Flamenco Passion” show was first presented in Europe.

Yolanda Sobrado is one of the world’s best flamenco dancers. Born in Santander Spain, she studied dance at the prestigious Armengou Dance Center and the Royal Conservatory of Dramatic Art & Dance. She danced at the Ballet Nacional de Espana in Madrid, Ballet de Antonio Gades and she was a Star-Solo-Dancer at one of the most successful show productions in the world -’Riverdance’, Ireland. Today Yolanda continues her artistic career as a dancer and choreographer and conveying her experience at Master Classes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlV4M8Q3gLc

Nina McIntire completed her degree in Master of Fine Arts at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and at first had a career as a classical concert violinist performing around the world with Solo Concerts, Chamber Music and Symphony Orchestras. Recently, Nina has been very active on the international music scene as a composer and pianist, presenting her latest project “Ivory Fantasy” - a fascinating combination of classical music and her original modern style  compositions blended with her vivid and colorful visuals. Emphasizing humanistic and environmental aspects, in her artistic mission Nina celebrates the beauty of the world and the wholeness of the diversity of the world's unique cultures.  www.ivoryfantasy.com

The historic Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871, is Austin’s first and oldest venue. The theater's marvelous reception area and elegant lobbies encourage socializing. With tea, pastries and wine tasting you can enjoy your time with friends and other concert visitors. After the concert you are welcome to share your impressions with the artists and get your CD signed. 

The door is open from 6:15 PM.

One of Nina and Yolanda’s creations can be seen in the music video: "Viva Espana! - Nina - Ivory Fantasy” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdVZPyG3Rss

Please note, seats are limited to 300. Reserve your tickets early.
Tickets at the door (cash only) and online:
https://nina-mcintire.ticketleap.com/ivory-fantasy--flamenco-passion/dates/May-06-2017_at_0700PM
www.ivoryfantasy.com

TUCKETS: Adults: $25 / Students: $15 / Children under 12: free

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The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, the Musical Connectionsthe Russian Speakers' Society of Austin and the Scottish Rite Theater have all helped make this event possible. Please join us! 



church

Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church

Fr. Aidan may be contacted at hieromonachusaidanus@yahoo.com. 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
http://www.orthodoxaustin.org

Sunday Liturgy 9:30 a.m.


 

 

 



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