Concert Celebrates Russian-American Friendship

December 26, 2013

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A concert of instrumental and vocal music by Russian composers will celebrate connections between Russia and the United States at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, in the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall.

Held on the day after Russians celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar, the Russian Friendship Concert is presented by the Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) in partnership with Linkages of Rochester, Inc.

ECMS faculty and students will perform piano works by Tchaikovsky, Goedicke, Kabalevsky, Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Stravinsky; songs by Rachmaninoff; and compositions by Gliere and Nikita Koshkin. Performers include faculty members Alla Kuznetsov, Tamari Gurevich, and Howard Spindler, special guest artists Teresa Ringholtz and Joseph Finnetti, singers; and students John Girotto, French horn, and Kate Blaine, piano.

A slide show of photographs of the Russian city of Novgorod will precede the concert. In addition, local artist Rand Darrow will exhibit some of his art works inspired by Russian folk tales and mythology.

The Russian Friendship Concert is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception on Cominsky Promenade.

Linkages of Rochester, Inc., is a volunteer organization that promotes professional, educational, and cultural exchanges with Rochester’s Sister City in Russia, Velikiy Novgorod.

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