Selected pieces by Sergey Prokofiev
Sergey Kuznetsov – piano Bella Morales – piano, Matthew Webb – piano, Laura Webb – mezzo-soprano
Sergey Kuznetsov is a Professor of Piano at Lone Star College. He had won many prestigious international piano competitions. Sergey had performed numerous concerts around the world and organized chamber music ensembles in France, Israel, China, Russia and Canada. He is also an active educator. Besides teaching at Long Star College, he performs with master classes, recitals and lectures in colleges, universities and schools around the world.
The Nazi siege of Leningrad from 1941 to 1944 was one of the most gruesome episodes of World War II. According to statistics, there were 2 992 000 people in 1941 lived in Leningrad and there were just half of million people by 1944.
KSP-South is a group of enthusiastic people that organizes biannual gatherings called Slyots (literally translated as “fly-ins”) and helps unite all Russian-speaking people who enjoy the Russian style of camping.
KSP in translation stands for the Club of Amateur Song. These songs are usually written by average people about their ordinary lives, yet the simple human experience of each song is translated into a powerful message of wisdom and truth, about the value of friendship, family, and love.
Slyots of KSP-South are held twice a year, and organizers try very hard to make everyone feel welcome, even those whose song selection varies slightly from the traditional KSP style. By bringing together the Russian speaking community, KSP-South not only allows them to experience their culture, but also to expose their spouses, children and friends to this beautiful Russian tradition.
With questions write to us at KSPsouth@gmail.com or call at 713-395-3301. Also, if you (or someone you know) would like to receive email reminders from us regarding KSP events, please let us know.
The meeting with the photographers: Thursday, March 27, 7:30p.m.
Opening Reception: March 14, 7:30 p.m. Beverages will be served
Gennady Meergus resides in Israel. His artworks have been showed at solo and group exhibitions in Israel, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and USA. Gennady participated in PHOTOVISA Festival, Russia and Month of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. His photographs are housed in the permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and numerous private collections. Photographs by Gennady Meergus were successfully presented at his exhibition “Reflected Artifacts” at RCC in 2011.
Series “City in mountains” is dedicated to the sacred city of Safed situated in the mountains of Northern Galilee. Gennady photographed its streets, walls, inhabitants and surroundings for the last 12 years. He observed its character and habits, its aging, and its wounds and scars.
Born in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Vladimir Frumin currently lives in Houston. Vladimir has worked as an engineer in NASA for 9 years. Since 2010 he has become a full time fine art photographer. Vladimir participated in FOTOFEST 2008 with his exhibition “Transformations”. His photographs have been shown at many solo and group exhibitions. Portfolios by Vladimir have won Black and White magazine’s Excellence and Merit awards. Artworks by Vladimir Frumin are housed in private collections in USA, Russia, Mexico and Israel.
Series “Russia 2013” was inspired by photographer’s visit with old friends after 23 years of living abroad. In this series Vladimir attempted to emphasize the hardship of Siberian life. He implemented a special technique to create a vintage appearance.
We offer unique ethnic souvenirs and gifts that are hard to find anywhere else. Each and every one of them is hand-made in accordance with centuries-old Russian traditions.We have a broad assortment of unique gifts that will satisfy the most demanding tastes.
Wooden figures of Father Frost;
Lovely lacquer jewelry boxes, hand-painted with the Russian fairy-tale motifs;
Intricately carved containers made of birch bark;
Famous blue-and –white china – Gzhel
We also have vintage porcelain figurines by the famous Lomonosov (Imperial) Factory and golden wooden tableware called “Khokhloma.” And of course, there are the famous Russian Matreshkas or nesting dolls.
Guest of Honor: Mr. Mark Zaltsberg. Mr. Zaltsberg, an avid lover of opera music and professional lecturer, has made many lovely and memorable musical presentations at Russian Cultural Center. For many years Mark was a translator for visiting Russian singers at the Houston Grand Opera.
Honorary Chairs: His Excellency Mr. Alexander Konstantinovich Zakharov, Consul-General of the Russian Federation and Mrs. Zakharov.
Host Committee: Dr. and Mrs. Agris, Lisa Whitaker, Victoria Filippov Nemeth, Philip Berquist & Lisa Powell, Igor & Donna Alexander, Dr. Inna Shpats, Ms. Lidiya Gold.
With her latest exhibition, the Russian-born Houstonian invites you to share her dream.
“Dedicated to Gustav Klimt,” Valentina Kisseleva
On a recent Friday night I met up with Valentina Kisseleva at the Russian Cultural Center, where she was debuting her latest exhibition, “Midsummer Dream.” The gallery is small and quaint, but Kisseleva’s work is imposing and dramatic. As she led me from one painting to another, I had the feeling that I was peering into her private life and sifting through old memories. There was something beautiful, yet invasive about the experience, like watching someone else’s dreams. When I mentioned this feeling to Kisseleva, she explained that my reaction was typical.
“This came from when I was a teenager and I fell in love with my painting teacher and we danced together,” she said, pointing to one of her favorite works and imparting a wistful smile. “We danced under the moon and it was a very beautiful time.”
“Fall Reflection,” Valentina Kisseleva
Born in Moscow, Kisseleva says her style comes from her time at the Belarus Art Academy in the mid-1970s. Her work is experimental, playing with lines, color, and a variety of impressionistic styles. Her work has appeared in exhibitions across the globe, including Kuwait, Russia, and Venezuela, and many of her paintings are in private collections in Russia. An artist, she believes, lives partially in a dream, something she hopes to impart to her audience as they absorb her inner world. As we took in another painting—this one about music—she said that her paintings are meditations on the mundane, a way of picking out philosophical questions from everyday events.
“My paintings include a lot of emotion and movement and sensations from my inner spaces,” she said. “You are viewing my own fairy tale.”
“Duet,” Valentina Kisselova
It’s a fairy tale that can sometimes take years to construct. Some paintings take five years to finish, while others are completed in a matter of weeks. What dictates her timeline, she said, is as mysterious as what inspires her work.
“My work starts with a mood, or a song, a person or an interesting book,” she says. “I never really know. Sometimes I lose my inspiration and I wait and put my painting on the back wall and start something else. Then, a year later I’ll start over.”
“Girl on the Chair,” Valentina Kisseleva
“Midsummer Dream,” which includes 19 paintings, is on display until March 7, 2014.