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 in Honor of Mstislav Rostropovich

Performers:
Vagram Saradjian, cello,
Tatiana Gerasimova, piano,
Oleg Sulyga, violin

WHEN: April 9, 2011, Saturday, 6:30 pm

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

ADMISSION: $20/RCC members $16

Please, purchase tickets in advance as sitting is limited.

Mstislav Rostropovich is widely considered to have been the greatest cellist of the second half of the 20th century, and one of the greatest of all time. In addition to his outstanding interpretations and technique, he was well-known for his commissions of new works which enlarged the cello repertoire more than any cellist before or since. He gave the premieres of over 100 pieces. Rostropovich was internationally recognized as a staunch advocate of human rights, and was awarded the 1974 Award of the International League of Human Rights.

Vagram Saradjian is a professor of cello at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. Mr. Saradjian studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Maestro Rostropovich.

Tatiana Gerasimova teaches piano at Moores School of Music. She performs actively in solo concerts and with instrumentalists, ensembles and vocalists in USA, Europe and Russia.

Oleg Sulyga is a violinist of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Mercury Baroque.

Program includes:

1. Documentary about Mstislav Rostropovich.
2. Memories of Saradjiian about a legendary musician and his teacher.
3. Shostakovich Trio No 2 for Violin, Cello & Piano

Wine will be served.

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

Event Sponsors

City of Houston

Houston Arts Alliance

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

Musical Evening: Khachaturian & His Circle

WHEN: May 14, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20 / RCC Members $15

Performers:
Vagram Saradjian, cello
Tatiana Gerasimova, piano

Aram Ilich Khachaturian (1903-1978) was Soviet composer of Armenian parentage. Colorful, energetic, emotionally powerful, and texturally rich, his music often uses Armenian and Central Asian folk idioms.

Khachaturian wrote numerous musical works, including marches, dances, chamber music, and film scores. His piano concerto (1936), violin concerto (1940), the ballet Gayane (1942, containing the famous Sabre Dance), the orchestral suite Masquerade (1944), and the ballet Spartacus (1956) are especially popular.

In the program: documentary about the composer; lecture by Mr. Saradjian; selected musical pieces. The following musical pieces will be played: A.Khachaturian. – Toccata for piano, D. Shostakovich – Sonata for piano and cello in D minor ( parts 1 and 2), Karen Khachaturian – Adagio, Arno Babajanian – Aria

Advance tickets purchase is recommended, as seating is limited.

Champagne will be served.

Information:713.395.3301 or rcc@ourtx.com

Event Sponsors

City of Houston

Houston Arts Alliance

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

Rachmaninoff Birthday Celebration

WHEN: April 9, 2010, 7:30 p.m.

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

ADMISSION: $20 / RCC Members $15

Performers:
Vagram Saradjian, cello
Tatiana Gerasimova, piano
Oleg Sulyga, violin

Sergey Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) is one of the most formidable pianists of the 20th century and the last truly great composer in the Russian Romantic tradition. Early influences of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov gave way to Rachmaninoff’s personal musical style full of lyricism, expressive breath, structural ingenuity and a tonal palette of rich, distinctive orchestral colors.

The program includes first movement of Rachmaninov’s Trio Elegiaque in D minor  written in memory of Tchaikovsky in 1893.

Vagram Saradjian studied at Moscow Conservatory with Mstislav Rostropovich. He appeared with leading orchestras and conductors, such as Gergiev, Rostropovich, M. Shostakovich and Y. Temirkanov. Mr. Saradjian is a professor of cello at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music.

Tatiana Gerasimova actively performs in solo concerts as well as with instrumentalists, ensembles and vocalists throughout Russia, Europe, and USA. She teaches piano at Moores School of Music.

Oleg Sulyga is a violinist of the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Mercury Baroque. As orchestral musician he has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the Houston Symphony.  Mr. Sulyga has been a participant of numerous international festivals worldwide such as Prague Spring, Pacific Music Festival, Colmar International Music Festival, and Schlezwig-Holstein Festival.

Event Sponsors

City of Houston

Houston Arts Alliance

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