“From Russia With Arts and Culture” Russian festival, planned with Olesya and Jerry Koenig, From Russia With Art Gallery and its committee, will take place at the Newton Cultural Center from April 19-21, according to a press release.
The festival will open with a Painting Exhibition, Concert, and Reception on Friday, April 19 from 5-9 p.m. The Newton Cultural Center is located at 225 Nevada Street, Newtonville.
The Exhibition which will also be open Saturday and Sunday, features work by leading Boston area and Russian artists and a concert by soprano Yelena Dudochkin singing Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and Italian Opera songs and violinist Vera Rubin. Rubin is the President of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association and founder of the Newton '’Roman Totenberg String Competition.” She will be accompanied by pianist Yevenia Semeina.
Performing Russian traditional songs, will be Natalia Karaseva and Alisa Apreleva from the Berklee School of Music. The evening will conclude with a screening and discussion of award winning Director Mariya Gershteyn’s film Second Life – Boston at 7:30 p.m.
Newton Center restaurants Inna’s Kitchen and Café St. Petersburg will generously donate delicacies for the Reception.
Featured artists in the weekend long Exhibition are Anatoly Dverin, Boris Karafelov, Ekaterina Khromin, Georgy Lapchinsky, Misha Lenn, Irina Makoveeva, Stanislav Nikireyev (1932-2007), Zachar Shapiro, Yelena Sirota, Alexander Vetrov, Vladimir Volosov, Rimma Zaika-Veksler, Jan Zaremba and Alexandr Zavarin.
Saturday events include a discussion by members of the Russian-American Cultural Center of Boston at Russia Wharf of Louise Catherine Adams (1811-1812), daughter of John Quincy Adams, a presentation by Margaret Dyer Coleman, Sally B. Springer and Olesya Koenig about Dutch Delftware porcelain and Russian Gzhel. Jan Zaremba will demonstrate sumi-e-painting and Leonid Spivak sign copies of his “Stories of the City of Boston.”
On Sunday, April 21 from noon–6 p.m., Larisa Dyan from the Museum of Russian Icons will discuss Matryoshka, Russian dolls. A fashion show of Boston designer Rimma Zaika-Veksler’s latest clothes and jewelry designs begins at 1:30 p.m. After the show the Russian dance group “Maslennitsa” will perform from 2:40 to 3 p.m., The day ends with a concert by Heidi Forbes singing Tchaikovsky and American songs and Russian romance and folk songs by Berklee College of Music students.
The “From Russian with Arts and Culture” event is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs and Newton Community Pride with their Platinum Sponsor Cambridge Savings Bank and Gold Sponsors First Commons Bank and WholeFoods Market.
Admission is free but please bring a donation for the Newton Food Pantries.
A complete program is available at www.newtoncommunitypride.org. Contact phones are 617 796-1540 and 857 253-8421.