Performers:Sol Jin, baritone, Mane Galoyan, soprano, Geoffrey Loff, pianist/coach
Armenian soprano Mane Galoyan won third place in the women’s voice division of the prestigious International Tchaikovsky Competition in summer 2015. Other prestigious awards include a 2014 prize in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition, and first prize in the 7th Bibigul Tulegenova International Singing Competition in Kazakhstan. Ms. Galoyan is an alumna of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy (2013) and HGO Studio artist (2015–17).
Korean baritone Sol Jin made his opera debut in 2014 at Carnegie Hall in New York City as the Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata. In October 2015 “Opera News” chose him as one of 25 rising opera stars in America. Mr. Jin received 1st prize in The Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition and 4th prize in The Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation’s Annual International Vocal Competition, Emerging Artist Awards for Opera Index Competition (2015), and 2nd Prize of XIV ALTAMURA/CARUSO International Voice Competition (2015). His stage appearances with various opera companies include: Rodrigo in Don Carlo, Prince Yeletsky in Pique Dame, Macbeth in Macbeth and Il Conte in Le nozze di Figaro.
Miami, Florida, native Geoffrey Loff is a répétiteur, collaborative and solo pianist, assistant conductor, and composer. He made his concert debut at age 13 and has performed as a soloist for the Chopin Foundation and the International Miami Piano Festival. As a collaborative pianist, he has been a frequent performer for the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Chopin Foundation. He was pianist and music director for Atlanta Opera’s outreach program, young artist and assistant conductor for Opera North, and resident artist for Minnesota Opera. In summer 2015, he was a staff pianist and assistant conductor with Skylark Opera and Mill City Opera. At HGO Geoffrey Loff had been a coach for The Elixir of Love, Nixon in China, The Abduction from the Seraglio, Tosca, The Little Prince, The Marriage of Figaro, Siegfried, and HGOco’s world premiere of Laura Kaminsky and Mark Campbell/Kimberly Reed’s Some Light Emerges. Mr. Loff is HGO Studio artist (2015–17).
“Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette by Gounod
“Di provenza il mar, il suol” from La traviata by Verdi
Armenian art song
Korean art song
Ride of the Valkyries piano transcription by Wagner
“La ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni by Mozart
“Quando m’en vo’” from La bohème by Puccini
“Largo al factotum” from Il barbiere di Siviglia by Rossini
Belarusian band “Stary Olsa” occupies a unique position at the intersections where past meets present, tradition mingles with innovation, and contemporary creative expression has demanded the cultivation of skills that date back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
It is a diverse group of musicians who share a common love of history. They play bagpipes, flutes, shaums, lute, rebec, tromba marina, and percussion (including wooden shoes), with front man Aleys belting out vocals in Belarusian.
The band has recorded twelve albums of traditional Belarusian ballads, martial songs, and canticles in addition to popular European songs from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Their most current album “Medieval Classic Rock,” was something crazy and new: they “covered” some modern rock songs on their primitive instruments.
Stary Olsa’s aim is to not only introduce U.S. audiences to the beauty of the Belarusian culture and the richness of its age-old musical traditions, but also show how much it has in common with modern rock classics.
This is a private event for our members and supporters.
In the program:
“Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle” from Roméo et Juliette, Gounod
“Voi che sapete” from The Marriage of Figaro, Mozart
Olga’s aria from Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky
“If I Loved You” from Carousel, Rodgers and Hammerstein
The Red Dress, song by Ricky Ian Gordon
Performers: Megan Samarin, mezzo-soprano. Megan is a second-year artist with the HGO Studio, was a finalist in HGO’s 2014 Eleanor McCollum Competition Concert of Arias and is an alumna of HGO’s Young Artists Vocal Academy. Last season at HGO, she sang Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Second Lady in The Magic Flute, and this September she performed Lady Columbia in HGOco’s world premiere of Gregory Spears and Royce Vavrek’s O Columbia.
Kirill Kuzmin, pianist and coach, HGO Studio artist (2015–16). Kirill was born in Moscow. He studied at the State Musical College in Moscow and then at the Moscow State Conservatory. After graduation, he entered the Young Artists Program of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, and then worked for that company as a pianist and coach on numerous productions. In 2014 and 2015, he served as an apprentice coach with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program. Kirill has appeared in recital in many of the world’s most prestigious concert halls, including the Bolshoi Theatre Beethoven Hall and Carnegie Hall. This season at HGO, he coached singers in Eugene Onegin.
The Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” invites you to our fourth annual Russian ball. Join us for an unforgettable night with:
Russian Gourmet Feast by Chef Alex Kelly
Dancing to Live Music
Russian Art Silent Auction
This year’s “Hans Graf Leadership Award” will be presented to local Russian artist Mr. Igor Karash for his exceptional art and illustrations for the Folio Publishing Society edition of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace”.
The evening is dedicated to the Viennese music of the XVIII- the first quarter of XIX century. In this period Vienna continued to consolidate its reputation as the “city of music.”
In the program:
Presentation by Katarina Loudermilk
Musical Pieces by Franz Schubert, Ludwig Van Beethoven and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The performers – pianists:Katarina Loudermilk, Maria Gorodetskaya, Alina Uddin.
Katarina Loudermilk is a graduate of Gnessin’s Music Academy in Moscow and Rice University. She is a founder and director of The International Music Academy. Known for her creative approach to the performance of classical music, Katarina was featured as one of the performers in the Impulse Artist Series in 2007, and was heard live on KUHF radio.
Alina Uddin is an accomplished Ukrainian-born pianist, teacher, chamber performer and accompanist. She has appeared on different performing venues in Ukraine, Egypt, Spain, Morocco and US. Alina holds Master’s degrees from National P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine and Moore’s School of Music, University of Houston. In 2014 she founded Tune In Music Academy.
Maria Gorodetskaya graduated from Gnessin’s Music Academy and also holds Master’s degree from University of Florida. She had performed at the International Steinway Festival, and won the university-wide concerto competition.
S. Prokofiev, March from the “Love for three oranges”
Performers: Oleg Sulyga, violin, Alina Uddin, piano
Oleg Sulyga started his musical education in native Moscow, later continuing in Dallas, Paris, and Houston under guidance of Emanuel Borok. As a member of world-renowned orchestra “The Moscow Virtuosi” led by Vladimir Spivakov he performed in the world’s most prestigious concert halls. Currently Oleg is a member of Houston Grand Opera orchestra. He also plays with such ensembles as Mercury and Arc Lyrica, and appears in concerts with Houston Symphony, Chicago Symphony and Fort Worth Symphony.
Alina Uddin is an accomplished Ukrainian-born pianist, teacher, chamber performer and accompanist. She has appeared on different performing venues in Ukraine, Egypt, Spain, Morocco and US. Alina holds Master’s degrees from National P.I. Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine and Moore’s School of Music, University of Houston. In 2014 she founded Tune In Music Academy, a program created with the aim of helping everyone, regardless of age and musical education, to learn or to continue learning to play piano.