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

Movie Screenings

Russian Cultural Center Our Texas presents

Documentaries by Alexander Gutman

WHEN: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $8/$6 – RCC members

Gutman

The Last Romantic

Russia,  2008. 25 min.

The movie is about talented Russian artist Eugene Uhnalev. He survived a prison camp of Stalin’s era. Later Uhnalev worked in Hermitage for many years. His artworks are influenced by classical painting.

Gutman

The Intonation of Time

Russia,  2010. 25 min.

The hero of this film is Vladimir Ovchinnikov, artist, sculptor, and one of the founders of nonconformist artistic movement in Leningrad. He worked in Hermitage and Mariinsky Theater.

Language: Russian with English subtitles

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 

Documentary Film Screening: “A Journey of Dmitry Shostakovich”

WHEN: December 16, 2011 at 7:30pm

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

ADMISSION: $8/$6 for RCC members

shostakovichA film by Oksana Dvornichenko and Helga Landauer

Structured around the 1973 Soviet propaganda cruise to the United States, which Shostakovich took two years before his death, this film parallels an ocean voyage with the composer’s personal journey from child prodigy to bitter tool of the Politburo. Mixing Soviet propaganda films with snippets of symphonies and rare film of composer at work, directors Oksana Dvornichenko and Helga Landauer portray a man compromising his art to save his life.

As the film jumps back and forth from shipboard frivolities to ecstatic public adorations of Stalin, directors throw in random treasures of synchronized street ballets performance by beaming girls in bathing suits, Paul Robeson singing a Russian folk song, and Shostakovich confessing his hatred of movies and love of Guy de Maupassant.

While the composer’s motivation remains murky, the triumph of his music perfectly matches the aesthetics of Soviet agitprop, pushing Shostakovich’s personal beliefs aside until all that’s left is music for the masses.

Community screening with directors’ permission.

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:

TCA art works Dr. Vernovsky

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

Evening of Russian Song

WHEN: October 20, 2007, Saturday, 7:00 pm

WHERE: RCC Our Texas, 2337 Bissonnet; Houston, TX 77005

ADMISSION: $15, RCC members – $10

WHAT: Maria Markina – mezzo-soprano.
Kathleen Kelly – piano

The repertoire for the recital will include Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and others.

Mezzo-soprano Maria Markina, a native of Moscow, is a second-year artist with Houston Grand Opera Studio. In HGO’s 2006-2007 season, she sang Ancella in Simon Boccanegra, Hansel in the alternate cast performances of Hansel and Gretel, and Lapak and the Woodpecker in The Cunning Little Vixen. During Houston Grand Opera’s 2007-2008 season, she will sing the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte.

She studied piano for eight years at the Fredric Chopin Music School. From 1997 to 2002, she studied at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts with Professor A. B. Titel, and studied voice with E. T. Sarkisyan.  She joined Moscow’s Novaya Opera Theatre in 2002.

Ms. Markina won first place in the 2006 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers.

Information: 713-395-3301 or e-mail OurTexasInc@gmail.com

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