Houston Grand Opera at RCC

HGOArtists in Residence Performance

WHEN: Friday, March 24, 7:30p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: Free
Suggested donation to RCC: $20

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).

Performance Program:

  • “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

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Stary Olsa: Music from the Heart of Europe

GrafWHEN: Wednesday, March 22, 8:30p.m.

WHERE: The Continental Club – 3700 Main St. Houston, TX 77002

ADMISSION: $10
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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.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Musical Evening with maestro Hans Graf: Music by Mussorgsky

GrafWHEN: Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20
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We continue our traditional presentations by maestro Hans Graf, the former Music Director of Houston Symphony (2001-2013).

This evening is dedicated to the music of Modest Mussorgsky.

Maestro Graf returns to Houston to conduct during the Symphony’s concert featuring the works by Stravinsky, John Adams, and Ravel’s orchestration of Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

Maestro will talk about music pieces of this concert, with the special focus on Ravel’s orchestration of one of the Mussorgsky’s most famous works.

Steinway Artist pianist Zoya Shuhatovich will perform original piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition”.

We will also show the movie about life and work of Modest Mussorgsky, one of the most important Russian composers of the nineteenth century.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK Russian General Store

20th Century Art Music Meets Jazz

WHEN: Friday, September 23, 7:30 PMWHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20
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JazzRussian Cultural Center Presents: A Jazz Musical Evening with Mikhail and Anna Smigelski

Performers: Mikhail Smigelski | voice, piano, guitar; Anna Smigelskaya | piano, Sam Singeltary | trumpet, drums

Concert will include works by:  Joplin, Copland, Milhaud, Weil, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Stockhausen, Kapustin, Peterson, Pass, jazz standards.

Wine will be served

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK Russian General Store

 

Musical Evening with maestro Hans Graf “Sergey Rachmaninoff”

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WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 7:30p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20, RCC members – $16

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Wine will be served

Hans Graf, Musical Director of Houston Symphony 2001-2013 and now Conductor Laureate is back in town!

Maestro will participate in University of Houston Texas Musical Festival and lead Festival Orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 1.

In conjunction with this concert we organize the Evening with maestro Graf dedicated to Sergey Rachmaninoff.

In the program:

  • Presentation by Hans Graf;
  • Excerpts from the documentary about the composer;
  • Preludes by Sergey Rachmaninoff.

Performers: Tali Morgulis, professor of piano, and her student, Sonya Bondouil, Moores School of Music.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK Russian General Store

 

Evening “Russian Opera at the Bolshoi”

WHEN: Friday, January 29, 7:30p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $15, RCC members – $12

Opera

In the program:

  • Mark Zaltsberg, the passionate lover of opera music, will talk about great Russian opera singers: Lemeshev, Kozlovsky, Mikhailov, Obukhova, Obraztsova, Vishnevskaya.
  • Excerpts from the documentary “Russian Opera at the Bolshoi” ( the Vintage Years)

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK Russian General Store

 

Private Evening “HGO at Russian Cultural Center”

WHEN: Saturday, December 12, 7:00p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas, CaviArt Gallery (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: Free

This is a private event for our members and supporters.HGO

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.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK Russian General Store

 

Fourth Annual Ball

WHEN: Friday, October 2, 2015, 7:30p.m.

WHERE: The Houston City Club (One City Club Drive Houston Texas 77046)

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Fourth Annual Ball

Have a ball, a Russian ball!

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
  • Fine Wines
  • Dancing to Live Music
  • Russian Art Silent Auction
  • Cash Bar

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”.

Raffle: 2 round trip tickets Houston-Moscow (Singapore Airlines)

Dress Code: Black tie or cocktail attire

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Host committee: Alla Mokritsky, Alla Nowowiejski, Sonia Jupiter, and Jay Gonzalez

Sponsors:

frost  singaporeair Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK
Victoria Filippov, Attorney at Law hantenYulia Vekshina, Real Estate Agent
Elena Pearlman, Mortgage Loan Consultant UFirstUnited

 

Evening “Vienna. Music is in the air”

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 2015, 7:30p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20

ViennaThe 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.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

Musical Evening with maestro Hans Graf “Love songs without words”

WHEN: Monday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $20, RCC members – $16
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Love songs without words

Program:

  • Presentation by maestro Hans Graf
  • J. Brahms, Scherzo
  • P. Tchaikovsky, Melody
  • F. Liszt, Sonetto del Petrarca
  • R. Schumann, Intermezzo
  • E. Elgar, Salut d’Amour
  • F. Kreisler, Love’s Sorrow
  • 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.

For more information please call 713.395.3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK