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

Did you experience "The Restless Heart: Old Russian, Gypsy (Romani) and Folk Songs of Passion, Longing and Love" at the Embassy of France on April 27? Here are a few excerpts from Leslie Weisman's enthusiastic review in DC Metro Theater Arts...

"In I. Shyshov’s “Four Winds,” a surging, raging summons to the elements with a steady, “Volga Boatmen”-like beat, [bass Grigory] Soloviov’s emphatically thrusting arms, twisting mouth, fiery eyes and commanding voice, while ostensibly calling forth the springtime, also evoked a fiery darkness recalling the titular character in Boïto’s “Mefistofele.” Here, as always, her eyes as carefully trained on the singer as on the music and her own figuratively, yet almost visibly flying fingers, [pianist Vera] Danchenko-Stern, the master teacher aspect of her capacities coming to the fore, provided powerfully and invaluably intuitive support, while [Anna] Kusner’s guitar-playing evinced a skill that seemed at once innate, attained and proficiently applied."

"The singer and pianist conveyed the beggar woman’s story with declamatory skill and urgency, [mezzo-soprano Susana] Poretsky’s voice rising and at times half-speaking, as if addressing the audience directly, drawing us and Danchenko-Stern, a visceral and technical comrade-in-arms, compellingly into the drama. N. Shyriayav’s “To Love, Embrace and Cry Over You” was true to its name, as was Poretsky, whose deep, sumptuous tones brought home the anger and anguish of the song, as did a burnished, glowing high note."

"The joy and agility with which [domra player Tamara] Volskaya’s lightning-quick fingers strummed, picked and plucked was infectious, as was the intensely bouncy beat of [Leonid] Bruk’s balalaika, with [bayan player Anatoliy] Trofimov, his eyes never leaving Volskaya’s fingers, providing a quiet, steady pulse."

Enjoy the full review HERE 


At this Benefit for RCAS Gala Performance and Dinner
Highlights of Tchaikovsky's 1890 Masterpiece The Queen of Spades, will be sung in Russian by soprano, Jennifer Casey Cabot as Lisa, tenor, Viktor Antipenko as Hermann, mezzo-soprano, Susana Poretsky as The Countess, and mezzo-soprano, Monika Krajewska as Polina, interspersed with English narration of Pushkin's novel by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company member Rick Foucheux. Accompanying them will be pianists Genadi Zagor and Vera Danchenko-Stern, RCAS founder and artistic director. 
General admission of $150 includes
the performance and a dinner buffet with wine and dessert.
VIP tickets for $195 include an exclusive
pre-concert champagne reception at 7 PM,
" Queen of Spades" table for 10 is offered for $2,500,
" Ace of Hearts" table for 12 is offered for $3,500
includes all the above plus surprises.
Dress code: Black tie optional, suggested colors are


We count on your continuous sponsorship and support of our mission to present this beautiful repertoire rarely heard in North America. Our supporters enjoy different levels of membership, each offering delightful benefits, so please
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