Children’s celebration of Russian Christmas and New Year

WHEN: December 18, 2011 at 4:00pm

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

ADMISSION:  $15 for kids/adults

An Unforgettable Russian Christmas for children:

“Twas The Night before Christmas”

New year for kids“TwasThe Night Before Christmas” puppet show combines poetry and dialogue to create a Christmas fantasy. The show opens in Santa’s North Pole workshop where we meet Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves and Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer. The sleigh travels to a snowy forest for scene two, where Rudolph’s nose has become frozen in the snowstorm. Interested to know what will happen to our friends next? Bring your kids and find out with us!

Presents from Father Frost to Each Child!

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

For more information please call 713-395-3301 or e-mail

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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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2005 New Year Celebration and Circus

HOUSTON, Texas, January 8, 2005- 150 local children and their families watched in awe as the amazing Gregory Popovich and his talented, furry friends took center stage at a Holiday Celebration organized by Russian Cultural Center Our Texas.

Following a children’s activity hour including traditional songs, and a visit by Father Frost and the Snowmaiden, Popovich and his team of tricksters, including 14 cats, five rats, 8 dogs, five doves, and a rooster, joined a few human friends – Pavel Bogachuk, Master of Ceremonies; Alexei Konov, Bellboy; Sasha Bik, Pantomime Piro – in ensuring that the entire audience was beaming with grins and giggles.

“Children relate to clowns and pets because they have similar souls.  Like children, they have an innocence, making it difficult, sometimes, to understand and be understood in the serious world of adults,” notes Popovich.  He adds, “Children always enjoy the show, but so do their parents.  Seeing a kitten wheeling a dog around in a baby carriage tests convention to the extreme, and sometime this is quite healthy for adults!”

Popovich has been testing convention for years.  As a member of the Moscow circus, he won many honors and accolades as a world-class juggler and animal trainer.  He came to the United States in 1991 and has appeared on the David Letterman and Jay Leno Shows.

He writes his own show materials and trains all of his animals himself. “Well, I don’t really train them”, – Gregory reveals. “I get to know them, their unique personalities and their nature.  Some animals like to jump around, some are climbers. I just study what comes naturally to them and try to bring that behavior out with positive reinforcement.  Their “training” is really just consistent playtime. They enjoy the attention. All of my animals have been rescued from animal shelters around the country, so this is a second chance for them.”

Following the show, children gathered to meet Popovich, Bogachuk, Bik and Konov, still in costume. Proud parents snapped pictures. Even the youngest guests were allowed to bear-hugged and pet the beautiful cats that captured their imaginations just moments before.  Patiently and with nominal meowing, the cats complied. They did seem to really enjoy the attention.

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