Vera Danchenko-Stern, founder of the Russian Chamber Art Society

A LOOK AT THE NEXT CONCERTS OF THE 2018-2019 SEASON

All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road.

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The Mighty Five and Friends

Friday, April 12

Arias and art songs by Balakirev, Borodin, Cui, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov and Rubinstein will be performed by soprano Zhanna Alkhazova, mezzo-soprano Anastasiia Sidorova, bass Grigory Soloviov and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern.

Enjoy the reviews of the Valentine's Day concert:

H and L Polgar wrote in Festival DC:

The title of the program harkens back to the beloved works by Fritz Kreisler, “Liesbesleid” and “Liebesfreud.” [Pianist] Genadi Zagor’s improvisation on those themes demonstrated his remarkable improvisatory skills in a very effective and virtuosic solo piece.“

[Guitarist] Anna Kusner, a prolific performer and recording artist as well as an authority on Russian folk music, was superlative in her accompaniment of [tenor] Timur and in her duets with Mr. Zagor. Her ability to communicate the intense emotions of Russian music was unforgettable.

Naturally charming, [Timur] stepped down from the stage and interacted with the audience, clearly finding great enjoyment in doing so. For the first half of the program, Timur was clad in a traditional grey suit, then returning to the stage for the second half in a red suit with a sequined vest to celebrate Valentine’s Day and once more changing his outfit towards the later part of the program into a flamboyant plaid suit.

It is difficult not to talk in superlatives about Timur as a singer and performer as his gifts and originality will transport his work into the musical archives for decades to come.

Read the full review here

Here is what Leslie Weisman wrote in DC Metro Theater Arts:

The title of the program harkens back to the beloved works by Fritz Kreisler, “Liesbesleid” and “Liebesfreud.” [Pianist] Genadi Zagor’s improvisation on those themes demonstrated his remarkable improvisatory skills in a very effective and virtuosic solo piece.“

[Guitarist] Anna Kusner, a prolific performer and recording artist as well as an authority on Russian folk music, was superlative in her accompaniment of [tenor] Timur and in her duets with Mr. Zagor. Her ability to communicate the intense emotions of Russian music was unforgettable.

Naturally charming, [Timur] stepped down from the stage and interacted with the audience, clearly finding great enjoyment in doing so. For the first half of the program, Timur was clad in a traditional grey suit, then returning to the stage for the second half in a red suit with a sequined vest to celebrate Valentine’s Day and once more changing his outfit towards the later part of the program into a flamboyant plaid suit.

It is difficult not to talk in superlatives about Timur as a singer and performer as his gifts and originality will transport his work into the musical archives for decades to come.

Read the full review here

 

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