2nd annual

From Russia
with Arts and Culture

Because of events in Boston yesterday the committee organizing the Russian Cultural Festival were unable to complete their preparations and therefore asked that the festival be postponed until next weekend. Hope to see you then.

Fine Art, Russian Crafts, Music

Featured Artists

  • Anatoly Dverin
  • Boris Karafelov
  • Ekaterina Khromin
  • Georgy Lapchinsky
  • Misha Lenn
  • Irina Makoveeva
  • Stanislav Nikireyev
  • Zachar Shapiro
  • Yelena Sirota
  • Alexander Vetrov
  • Vladimir Volosov
  • Rimma Zaika-Veksler
  • Jan Zaremba
  • Alexander Zavarin

April 26, 27, 28

Newton Cultural Center, 225 Nevada St., Newtonville

Opening Exhibition & Reception
Friday, April 19  26, 5 – 9pm

5:30pm Festival Opening & Comments. Immediately following opening:
  • Tatyana Dudochkin, Piano, Professor New England Conservatory, Boston and John Spaulding King, baritone: "Mefistopheles's Song on the Flea" by M. Mussorgsky
    "In the Silence of the Mysterious Night" by S. Rachmaninoff
  • Seza Kaya, piano. The Masquerade Waltz by A. Khachaturian
  • Alexander Prokhorov, bass-baritone and singers from Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Giovanni Formisano, tenor and Olga Lisovskaya, soprano: highlights from Rachmaninoff's "Aleko"
  • Vera Rubin, President of Massachusetts Association of Music Teachers, violin and Eugenia Semeina, piano: H. Wieniawski, Amy Beach, Russian and Romanian gypsy music.

Donate to the Food Pantires!
Please bring a canned food donation for Newton's two food pantries.
Sponsored with the Village Bank.

Village Bank


Saturday, April 20  27: 10am – 7pm

11am M. Coleman and S. Baird Springer (RACC of Boston) discussion on Louisa Catherine Adams. Unique Russian souvenirs sale.
12:30pm Margaret Dyer Coleman & Olesya Koenig (From Russia With Art Gallery) presentation about Gzhel (Russia) and Delftware (Holland) porcelain.
2:30 – 4:00 pm Jan Zaremba (Sumi-e artist) demonstration of Sumi-e painting
5:00 pm Russian Tea and book signing: "Stories of the City of Boston", with author Leonid Spivak.
5:50 - 7:00pm Mariya Gershteyn film "Second Life-Boston"

Sunday, April 21  28: 12noon – 6pm

12 noon
Larisa Dyan (Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA) "Matryoshka: History and tradition." Presentation of Museum. Russian Fairy Tale
1:30 – 2:30 pm Rimma Zaika-Veksler (Boston designer) Fashion & jewelry show with live models.
3-4pm Larisa Dyan "Sweet Fairy Tale" Matryoshki pryaniki decoration. $15 materials fee.
3:30pm Heidi Forbes, actress & vocalist: Tchaikovsky and American songss.
4:30pm Russian Romance and folk Songs by students of Berklee College of Music
Russian Doll
From Russia With Art Gallery
From Russia With Art

Russian American Cultural Center
Russian American Cultural Center

Cafe St. Petersburg
Café St. Petersburg
Newton Centre

Inna's Kitchen
Inna's Kitchen
Newton Centre

Closing Ceremony on Sunday, April 28 at 5pm:

Yelena Dudochkin, Soprano, Boston Midsummer Opera and Alla Kachan, piano:

  • "Ne veter veya s vysoty" op. 43 no. 2 by N. Rimsky-Korsakov
  • "Ne poi krasavitsa" op. 43 no. 2 by S. Rachmaninoff, "Vocalise" Op.34, No 14 by S. Rachmaninoff
  • "Ivan Sergeich, hachesh v sad poidem" Marfa's aria from Tsar's Bride by N. Rimsky-Korsakov "
  • Je suis encore tout ├ętourdie" from Manon by J. Massenet

Natalia Karaseva , Berklee College of Music, Boston Russian Traditional music and songs:

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Download the Music Program (pdf)

Sustaining Sponsors
Cambridge Savings Bank Village Bank
Silver Sponsors
Aronson Insurance Honda Village Newton Wellesley Hospital
Rockland Trust The Street at Chestnut Hill Wegmans
Newton Wellesley Bank Charatible Foundation Wicked Local