Vera Danchenko-Stern, founder of the Russian Chamber Art Society
The second concert of RCAS’s 2017-18 season is devoted to the memory of charismatic Siberian-born baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who died last November at the age of 55 after a battle with brain cancer. During a tragically short international career, in which he appeared to acclaim as Onegin, Yeletsky, Rigoletto and Rodrigo, among other roles, “Dima,” a Distinguished Patron of RCAS, also gave many recitals of Russian art and folk songs. The first half of RCAS’s musical tribute will feature songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff sung by soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Timothy Mix. After intermission, baritone Kevin Wetzel will perform the complete 12-song cycle “Russia Cast Adrift” by Georgy Sviridov. Dmitri Hvorostovsky sang the Washington premiere of this work, set to poems by Silver Age poet Sergei Yesenin, at the Kennedy Center in 1995. Accompanying Conte, Mix and Wetzel will be pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern, RCAS founder and artistic director.
General admission of $55 includes the concert and wine and dessert reception with the artists.
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It is with great sadness that we at the Russian Chamber Art Society (RCAS) learned the news about the death of Dmitry Hvorostovsky. For the past eleven years, the RCAS was honored to have Maestro Hvorostovsky's name as our Distinguished Patron. Dmitry Hvorostovsky was not only a great opera star, but also, a brilliant performer of the Classical Russian Romance, a very little-known musical genre in the United States. His premiere of Georgy Sviridov's cycle "Russia Cast Adrift," which is dedicated to him, was an unforgettable musical and emotional experience at the Washington's Kennedy Center. I was fortunate to be personally acquainted with him, and we've even had some wonderful conversations about Russian diction in singing. We, at the RCAS are committed to continuing the great musical tradition of bringing the Russian chamber vocal repertoire to the American audiences.