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

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

 

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

 

Musical Evening with maestro Hans Graf

WHEN: Monday, October 20, 2014, 7:30p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20

Wine will be served

Duo AleAnya

Hans Graf, former Music Director and conductor laureate of Houston Symphony returns this month to lead the orchestra in performing music by Ravel and Debussy.

In conjunction with these concerts Russian Cultural Center presents the evening with maestro Graf dedicated to French music.

Program:

  • Presentation by maestro Graf;
  • Debussy: “Reflets dans l’eau” & “Hommage à Rameau”, played by Alina Uddin, piano – teacher at the International Music Academy (Houston);
  • Ravel:  Sonatina in F-sharp major, played by Tomas Jonsson, piano – student at the International Music Academy (Houston).

Tomas won the Silver Medal and was awarded the special award for Best Prelude at the 2011 International Chopin Youth Competition.  And in December, 2012, he was selected Winner in the Houston Young Artist Competition.

The International Music Academy was founded in 2005 by Ekaterina Ryndina-Loudermilk, graduate of Gnessin’s Music Academy in Moscow and Rice University.

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 dedicated to the music by Prokofiev

WHEN: April 8, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20/$16 – RCC members

Wine will be served

Prokofiev

Program:

  • Presentation by Hans Graf
  • Selected pieces by Sergey Prokofiev
    Performers:
    Sergey Kuznetsov
    piano
    Bella Moralespiano,
    Matthew Webbpiano,
    Laura Webbmezzo-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.

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

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works singaporeair
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
frost Memorial Hermann medical Group Dr. Inna Shpats Prince and Princess Piotr Galitzine TMK

 

A GIFT TO HOUSTON OPERA LOVERS

On January 26 a Houstonian audience had the unique opportunity of hearing a solo concert performed by Albina Shagimuratova accompanied by the pianist Semyon Skigin. For the concert Maestro Skigin chose a program that could not be improved upon to showcase the unique, multifaceted vocal abilities of the singer. In the first part she sang romantic lieder of the composer S.V. Rachmaninoff, conceived and written for high, technically faultless voice, such as the one Shagimuratova possesses. The romances in full measure communicate comprehensively the Russian origins of the composer’s melodies.

Albina has a special respect for the music of Rachmaninoff.  In the singer’s own words, “One can endlessly immerse oneself and be astonished by the never-ending, constant, evasive beauty of Rachmaninoff’s melodies.” She performed the composer’s amazing vocal miniatures, “Beauty, Do Not Sing For Me,” “Daisies,” “Springtime’s Waters,” “It Is Good Here,” and others with great feeling and love. Albina admits “I put of part of myself in every one of Rachmaninoff’s romantic lieder.” In Semyon Skigin’s performance, all of the colors of Rachmaninoff’s piano style, with its powerful, truly orchestral sound and with the subtlest nuances, sparkled in all of its tones.

In the second half of the program, undoubtedly, for the first time in their history, were gathered together into a single performance three of the most complicated arias of Italian Bel Canto.  Their complexity lies not only in their cosmically high registers, where the soprano has to perform a head-spinning cascade of coloraturas and dynamic contrasts – from a full forte to a whispery piano. The acting demands in these scenes of madness and sleepwalking from operas by Bellini and Donizetti are equally theatrical and vocal tasks, and few are they who can fulfill them. In the present day, Albina Shagimuratova has no equals. They fully entered into each character, communicating the entire complicated spectrum of the feelings and emotions of her characters, thoroughly demonstrating her fiery onstage personality. Her clear, crystalline voice steamed, buttressed by the inspired playing of Semyon Skigin. Such a program demands a master of the highest order and tremendous endurance. Albina astonished the audience with how she acquitted herself of this heavy task.

The Houston audience, adoring Albina, warmly greeted each of her sung compositions. The attendees were particularly won over by her rendering of the famous Rachmaninoff  “Vocalise” (Opus 34, Number 14), which was performed finely and with the simplicity of genius.  The “Nightingale” of A.A. Alyabev was heard during the encore, which Albina sang, literally, at the very boundaries of what the human voice is capable of. The audience was as literally shaken by this performance.  The eyes of many persons shed involuntary tears of joy. It is in such moments that one actually understands that great art is truly inspiring, that it makes us purer and happier. This concert was very much needed by our Houston audience. We are also pleased that we, the Russian Cultural Center, was able to give such a gift to lovers of opera singing and to the fans of Albina Shagimuratova.

Following the concert there was a formal reception in honor of the artists. At the reception, Albina Shagimuratova was given an award, the “Hans Graf Prize for Contributions to the Development of Russian Culture in Texas.” This was the second year that the prize was given out by the Center.

Maestro Hans Graf was not able to attend the concert due to his being on tour. He did send a letter of congratulations to Albina:

“Dear Albina: You are very dear to all of Houston’s music lovers, especially so to the Houston Symphony and myself. You are a bright star in the musical firmament that has given us moments of great joy!

Regrettably, I am not able to attend the concert in person, but I am with you in spirit. I send my congratulations and I am proud of your achievements.

With Love and Admiration,

Hans Graf

The reception attendees included the Consul General of the Russian Federation in Houston, Aleksandr Zharov and the Deputy Consul Sergei Azizov and their wives, His Excellency Prince Piotr Galitzine and wife, and sponsors of the event, representatives of Singapore Airlines, Frost Bank, Beauty Medica, the Stinemetz Law Firm and Elena Wunderlich. Unfortunately, some sponsors, Viktor Dunaevskiy and the representatives for the companies Atlantic Ro-Ro and Svytrys were not able to attend the recital.  Nonetheless, the Russian Cultural Center is extraordinarily grateful to all of the sponsors for their support.

Igor Alexander

Musical Evening with maestro Hans Graf dedicated to 100th Anniversary of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”

WHEN: April 30, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20 / $16-RCC members

Wine will be served.

Program:Rite of Spring

  • Presentation by maestro Hans Graf
  • Excerpts from the documentary “Riot at the Rite”

The Rite of Spring is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky and stage designs and costumes by Nicholas Roerich.

Movie by the BBC documents the debut of  Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece. The music and choreography by Nijinsky were so far advanced for the time that the Parisian audience rioted in its inability to grasp the event.

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

Sponsors:

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

 

Musical Evening with maestro Hans Graf dedicated to Dmitry Shostakovich

WHEN: Monday, April 30, 7:30 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20/$16 for RCC members

Vagram Saradjian, Tatiana Gerasimova

Program:

  • Short movie about the composer
  • Presentation by maestro Hans Graf
  • Sonata in D-minor, op.40.

PerformersVagram Saradjian – cello, Tatiana Gerasimova – piano

The musical events  dedicated to Dmitry Shostakovich has been a good tradition at Russian Cultural Center. We continue to introduce the works of the great Russian composer to our audience.

Duet of incredible musicians, Vagram Saradjian and Tatiana Gerasimova  is well-known in Houston. They appeared at RCC on various occasions and their performances has been acclaimed by the public.

Wine will be served.

Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as seating is limited.

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

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works Dr. Vernovsky singaporeair

This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance

Musical Evening with Maestro Hans Graf dedicated to Alexander Scriabin

WHEN: Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20/$16 for RCC members

Alexander Skriabin

Program:

  • Documentary about composer
  • Presentation by Hans Graf
  • Sonata#5
  • Etudes

Performer: Teng-Kai Yang, piano

 Alexander Scriabin (1872- 1915) was one of the most innovative and most controversial of early modern composers. Many of his works are written for the piano. The earliest pieces resemble Frederic Chopin and include music in many forms that Chopin himself employed, such as the etude, the prelude and the mazurka. The style of composer changed enormously as he progressed. The early pieces are romantic, fresh and easily accessible, while his later compositions explore harmony’s further reaches.

An avid chamber musician, Teng-Kai Yang currently works on his doctorate in piano performance at University of Houston. His mentor is the most respectful pianist professor Abby Simon.

Wine will be served.

Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as seating is limited.

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

Sponsors:

City of Houston logo HAATCA art works Dr. Vernovsky singaporeair
This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance

Annual Gala: Imperial Russia New Year’s Eve Celebration

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WHEN: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 10 pm

WHERE: Ciao Bello Restaurant (5161 San Felipe Street Houston, TX 77056)

New Year Gala

The Russian Cultural Center of Houston has teamed up with Hans Graf, the Houston Symphony, and renowned restaurateur, Tony Vallone, for a special evening “Imperial Russia New Year’s Eve Gala. Our first Annual Gala highlights the best of Russian music and cuisine and will bring in the New Year in classic Russian style, on Friday evening, January 13, 2012.

The gala is honoring the Music Director of the Houston Symphony, for his continued support of the Russian Cultural Center as a board member and the director of our musical programs.

In collaboration with the Houston Symphony, patrons and music lovers have the option of attending both the Jones Hall performance of Sergey Rachmaniniff’s Piano Concertos Number 1 and 4, with guest soloist Kirill Gerstein, and a Russian-style New Year’s Eve Gala at the Ciao Bella restaurant following the concert.

Please join the Russian Cultural Center, the Houston Symphony, and Tony Vallone for this extraordinary evening. Make it a date night or invite your friends to enjoy Gerstein’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos and Chef Vallone’s special menu of Classic Russian dishes resurrected from the twilight reign of the Romanoffs. The Gala will commence at 10:00 pm, featuring open bar of premiere Russian vodkas, wine and beer, special 5-star three course supper, silent auction and music by the “Gypsies.”

Be a part of the special tribute to the most beloved Russian composer. Don’t miss the opportunity to reserve a table with this year’s Gala Honoree, Maestro Hans Graf, or with our special guests  Russian Consul General, Vice Russian Consul and world renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein.

Proceeds from the event are tax deductible and will be used to underwrite the cultural programs offered to Texans through the Russian Cultural Center. Together, we can boost visibility of the Russian culture and improve the quality of cultural events in Houston.

Individual Gala Tickets – $150

Gala Sponsor Level Tables of Ten

  • $25,000 – seating with Maestro & Mrs. Hans Graf (table of 10)
  • $10,000 – seating with the Russian Consul General and spouse (table of 10)
  • $5,000 – seating with pianist & Mrs. Kirill Gerstein (table of 10)

The tickets are treated as a charitable donation and are tax deductible.

Purchase tickets online

Gala featuring Supper menu by Tony Vallone and music by the “Gypsies” band

Open bar with Russian vodka, wine, and beer

Silent Auction

Raffle for 2 round trip to Moscow, courtesy of Singapore Airlines

Attire: Black Tie Optional.

For more information and reservations, please call 713.395.3301

The Gala Chairs:

Jamie Stewart and John Sparacino

Victoria Filippov and George Nemeth

The Gala Committee:
Mrs. Donna Alexander, Ms. Lisa Whitaker,
Dr. Boris & Larisa Rubashkin, Dr. Alex Prokhorov,
Ms. Kate Campbell, Ms. Esther Olivarez, Ms. Lisa Lee

The Gala Honoree:

Hans Graf, Music Director of Houston Symphony. Known for his intensely musical interpretations of a wide ranging repertoire and creative programming, the distinguished Austrian conductor, Hans Graf, is one of today’s most highly respected musicians. This year’s gala honors Hans Graf for his service on the board of the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” and an important contribution to our musical program.

The Gala Sponsors:

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