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:

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This project is funded in part by a grant of the City of Houston through the Houston Art Alliance
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MUSICAL EVENING “OF LOVE AND BEAUTY” from Renaissance to Jazz

City KaleidoscopeWHEN: Sunday, February 12, 2017, 6:00p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20
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The concert is dedicated to Valentine’s Day.

Performers:

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

In the program:
Vocal and instrumental masterpieces of different eras, songs and jazz standards.

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

Sponsors:

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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:

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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 “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

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:

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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

 

Piano Music Evening with Duo AleAnya

WHEN: Friday, October 10, 7:30p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20

Wine will be served

Duo AleAnya

Alena Gorina and Anya Grokhovski, concert pianists with extensive performing experience, came together to share their love of the piano-duo repertory.

Both Alena and Anya hold Doctoral Degrees in piano performance;  Alena from UT Austin and Anya from the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. Currently Alena is a lecturer at Texas State University, San Marcos and Anya Grokhovski is the Artistic Director of “Musical Bridges Around the World”, a non-profit cultural and educational organization based in San Antonio, Texas.

Their programing is greatly influenced by their cultural roots as Alena was born, raised, and educated in Belorussia and  Anya in Moscow, Russia. Needless to say, Russian music takes a special place in the hearts of Duo AleAnya.

Program:

  • Brahms “Souvenir De La Russie”
  • Chaminade “Pieces Romantiques” Op, 55
  • Rachmaninoff “6 Morceaux” Op.11

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

Sponsors:

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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:

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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

 

Musical Evening “Music and Prague”

WHENFriday, March 22, 2013, 7:30p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20

Wine will be served.

Music and Prague

Currently on view at RCC CaviArt Gallery is the exhibition “Prague” by Houston photographer Victoria Asinovsky.

In conjunction with this exhibit we present a musical evening “Music and Prague”.

Performers: Alla Aranovskaya – violin, Zoya Shuhatovich- piano

Program:

  • W.A. Mozart: Violin sonata in G major,  К 301
  • A. Dvořák: Violin Sonatina in G major
  • I. Brahms: Scherzo for violin and piano
  • F. Drdla: Souvenir
  • F Kreisler:Rondino on Beethoven’s theme” for violin
  • M. de Falla: “Spanish dance” for violin

Alla Aranovskaya graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory . She is founder and first violinist of St. Petersburg Quartet. Under her leadership, the quartet has unquestionably become one of the world’s great string quartets. The quartet’s numerous engagements include: an opening night performance at the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center, NY; seven concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall; numerous British festivals; Canadian débuts in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver; Lincoln Center’s “Great performances” series; NYC’s Frick Collection and 92nd Street Y series; and the Caramoor, Piccolo Spoleto, and Music Mountain Festivals.

With the St. Petersburg Quartet, Ms. Aranovskaya recorded the complete cycle of Shostakovich string quartets as well as quartets by Prokofiev, Glazunov and Borodin. A new recording of the complete Tchaikovsky Quartets finished in 2010.

In 2009 Ms. Aranovskaya founded, and became director of, the quartet’s educational program, the St. Petersburg International Music Academy.

Steinway Artist Zoya Shuhatovich studied piano in the Gorky State Conservatory, Russia, with the highly regarded pianist and teacher Ilia Fridman, a student of the legendary piano teacher, Heinrich Neuhaus.

Ms. Shuhatovich  tours extensively with solo recitals over the United States and in Europe.  Her recitals are frequently broadcasted on National Public Radio, Sirius™ Satellite Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Zoya Shuhatovich has joined the distinguished ranks of Steinway Artists in 2007. Another important feature in her work is chamber music. She collaborates with artists such as Yair Kless, Laszlo Varga, Boris Garlitsky, Emmanuel Borok, St. Petersburg String Quartet and many others.

Advanced tickets purchase is recommended as seating is limited.

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

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

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

Concert: “Bach in Jazz Style”

WHEN: January 27, 2012 at 7:30pm

WHERE: Dowling Music (2615 Southwest Freeway #220 Houston, Texas 77098)

ADMISSION: $30/$25 for seniors and students

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Bach in style of jazz Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” presents a unique concert “Bach in Jazz Style” featuring Russian pianist Valery Grohovski, violinist Mark Cheikhet and local jazz musicians: Adam Booker (bass) and Darren Kuper (drums). These brilliant musicians demonstrate a flawless transition from classical music to jazz.

THE PROGRAM:

Part I:

  1. Felix Mendelssohn – Wedding March from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.
  2. I. Bach – Piano Concerto in F Minor, BWV. 1056
  3. Cole Porter – Love for Sale
  4. I. Bach – 1-st Movement of Sonata for Viola and Piano
    Soloist Mark Cheikhet – Viola

Part II:

  1. W.A. Mozart – The Piano Sonata in B-flat major, K. 333
  2. G. Gershwin – Prelude No. 2
  3. I. Bach – Concerto for violin with orchestra
    Soloist Mark Cheikhet – Violin
  4. W. A. Mozart – Serenade in G major, K. 525 “A Little Night Music”, Finale

Program is subject to change

Valeri Grohovski is the rarest of musicians – always playing with perfect taste.” – Tatiana Petrova, President of the Gnessin Music College, Moscow. A virtuoso classical pianist equally known for his jazz improvisational talent, Valeri Grohovski is in a class of his own. In addition to his busy concert and recording schedule, he composes, arranges and performs music in a wide range of styles for theatre and cinema. Born and raised in the former USSR, Valeri Grohovski received his doctorate in music in Moscow, before traveling to compete abroad, where he won numerous competitions in both Europe and the United States. Although he lived for a decade in the United States, he now divides his time between homes in Russia, France and Costa Rica.

Violinist Mark Cheikhet earned his master and doctorate degrees in violin performance from Moscow Conservatory. His influential teachers included Maya Glezarova, Eduard Grach, and Sergei Girshenko. He is touring widely as a soloist and in chamber ensembles throughout Russia, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, and the U.S. His recent performances incluye Brescia-Festa Internazionale Della Musica, a festival of Russian Art in Marseille, France, along with The Promenade festival in Oldenburger, Germany and RAMA in Boston, MA.

Currently the bassist for the Kris Kimura Quintet, Adam Booker has been playing bass for over 20 years. In that short time he has been a member of the Jazz Pharaoh’s, The Asylum Street Spankers, the US Navy Band New Orleans, and others.

Darren Kuper, drums, has been playing music for over 20 years. Together with pianist Barry Brake, he spearheaded a new jazz group in 1990, naming it the Jazz Protagonists. In 2003 Modern Drummer magazine singled out his performances on “Bar Codes”, an album by Mike Brannon’s progressive-jazz group Synergy.

Please, purchase your tickets in advance as the seating is limited.

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

Sponsors:

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