Starting in September, lovers of opera, art song and Russian culture are cordially invited to join esteemed pianist and vocal coach Vera Danchenko-Stern, founder and artistic director of the Russian Chamber Art Society, for Russian Tea Time With Vera, a Sunday-afternoon series of streamed performances featuring live commentary by the performers and other special guests.
Sharing the Russian Chamber Art Society’s most memorable performances — recorded using professional-quality audio and video — this new monthly series, presented online, will also offer viewers unique musical insights and a much-needed feeling of hospitality and companionship, Russian style.
Dating back centuries, Russian tea culture is deeply entwined with the society’s notions of friendship, romance, business and politics. At each session of Russian Tea Time With Vera, host Vera Danchenko-Stern will touch on traditions both tangible and intangible, displaying a samovar and the famed blue-and-white porcelain known as Gzhel — named for a village southeast of Moscow — while describing the rituals of brewing and serving tea in the Russian manner with sugar, lemon, honey, jam and spice cookies (pryaniki).
The Queen of Spades
Tchaikovsky’s dramatic adaptation of Pushkin’s supernatural tale,
presented in condensed, narrated form by RCAS in 2017.
Special guests via Zoom: Performers Jennifer Casey Cabot, soprano;
Susana Poretsky, mezzo-soprano; and Victor Antipenko, tenor.
Eugene Onegin Our inaugural presentation features an encore of The RCAS' performance of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin. The Performance is accompanied by an interview with performers and Artistic Director Vera Danchenko-Stern. Access now: https://gumroad.com/l/eOBdj
Tsvetaeva RCAS’s American premiere in 2018 of three song cycles by Alexander Zhurbin, dedicated to Silver Age poet Marina Tsvetaeva.Special guests via Zoom: Composer Alexander Zhurbin, performers Magdalena Wór, mezzo-soprano and Genadi Zagor, piano.Access now: https://gumroad.com/l/fZwTg
Russia Cast Adrift Georgy Sviridov’s 12-song cycle of 1977, set to verses by Sergei Yesenin, performed at RCAS’s 2018 tribute to baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky.Special guests via Zoom: Performers Kevin Wetzel, baritone, and Vera Danchenko-Stern, piano. Access now: https://gumroad.com/l/CDbuS
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