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Russian Folk Trio - "Moscow Nights" - a Headliner of the Russian Winter Festival 2018

Russian Folk Trio“Moscow Nights” is an exciting, versatile trio of world recognized, prize- winning musicians from Russia. Over years, they have established themselves as one of the fastest rising folk groups in the U.S. These classically trained artists first took Western Europe by storm and now have brought their dazzling, toe-tapping music to North America. The repertoire is centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. Russian folk music expresses the national character – outwardly reserved and cool but brimming with vigor, mischievousness and vibrancy inside. Their lively program presents an authentic picture of Russian folk traditions and culture. Lilting Balalaikas, dynamic Bayan Accordion, unique Trashotky & Loshky and humorous Dances combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages! 

Yale Russian Chorus
Yale Chorus 1The Yale Russian Chorus is a cappella choir of tenors and basses, specializing in sacred and secular Slavic choral music.  The singers are all Yale University students from a variety of academic disciplines.  Founded in 1953 the chorus is recognized as one of the world’s premier choral interpreters of Slavic music.  They won international choral competitions, produced more than a dozen recordings, and performed for the Presidents of the United States, France and Russia. They have sung at the Smithsonian Institution, Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan, and Holy Trinity orthodox Cathedral in Boston.  Its repertoire includes classical and folk music from the 12th century to the present day.

Dancers Vladimir Nikitin and Dinara Subaeva, Ensemble Barynya
Vladimir NikitinSubaeva DinaraVladimir Nikitin, Russian character and ballet dancer, and Dinara Subaeva, Russian and Tatar character dancer, joined New York based  ensemble Barynya in 2016. Vladimir and Diana arrived to the United States of America from Kazan, Tatarstan. The Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya (Russian: Барыня), established in the year 1991, is a world renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble.  Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Siberian, Nanai, Ukrainian, Roma Gypsy,  Jewish traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, balalaika-contrabass, garmoshka.  Mikhail Smirnov, the founder and Artistic Director of Barynya, was invited as one of the eight judges on NBC’s hit dance show, "Superstars of Dance". 

Tchaikovsky Music Competition 2018 - All Winners Performance
competion winners 2018All music enthusiasts are welcome to come and witness the musical talent of these young Capital Region musicians. The winners of piano and vocal divisions will perform on Sunday, February 25th 2018 at 1:15pm at the Grand Finale of the Russian Winter Festival.  PIANO DIVISION: Young Age Level (6 - 10): David Fu - 1st, Lerchen Zhong - 2nd, Julia Zhu - 3rd. Junior Age Level (11- 13): William Lauricella - 1st, Lidia Krylova - 2nd, Michael Lowry - 2nd, Yochen Zhong - 3rd. Senior Age Level (14 - 18): Bryan Guo - 1st, Nikolas Watson - 1st,  Benjamin Yao - 2nd, Hong ju Qu - 3rd.  VOCAL DIVISION:  Kofi Hayford - 1st, Marissa Scotti  - 2nd, Special Prize: Best Russian Diction for non-native Singers, Hei Lee Law - 3rd, Siddharth Dubey - Special Prize: Best Russian Diction for non-native Singers.

Russian Poetry Recital Contest 2018 Winners
children contestants 2018non native winners 2018The winners contest in two divisions: Native speakers and Non-Native Speakers, children and adults recite in Russian one poem of their choice.  The Contest is dedicated to strengthening local communities through the art of Russian poetry. Native Speakers Division, 3-6 yrs.: 1st pl: Maxim Bolotnikov, Lesana Teslenko. 2nd pl: Fyodor Lobastov and Vera Korableva. 3rd pl: Daniel, Benjamin and Jeremy Epstein. Non-Native Speakers Division, 13 yrs. and older: 1st pl: Joe Meschino, 2nd pl: Nazeer Sarwar, 3rd: Marisa Dreibelbis. Native Speakers Division,13 yrs. and older: 1st place Igor Epshtein and Dennis Howard,  2nd place: Alik Verba and Rita Rutina, 3rd place: Tatiana Stepanets and Tatiana Deptola.

Ballroom Dancing with a Russian Flair

Fred Astairs

Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Latham, NY. Boris and Sasha Sptitckas are owners/dancers (Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Latham, NY) have their championship-dancing roots from Ukraine.   Ballroom dancing is not as culturally widespread in the United States as it is in Russia and other European countries.  Ballroom dancing has always been a big part of Russian culture. Dancing in general, including ballet and ballroom, are very popular among men and women in Russia. The dancing might be just for fun, but usually, it is highly-competitive. Fred Astaire Dance Studio teachers are from different countries of former Soviet Union as well as USA. Pictured are Artur Klimov and Olga Efimova. Studio in Latham will celebrate 20th anniversary in 2018.  There is a new location in Saratoga Springs with co-owners Grey Masko and Elizabeth Hayner. 

OConner dance studioDance Fire Studio & Fitness was founded in 2017 by Natalia O’Connor. Natalia has Russian background and was born in Bloomington, Illinois. She spent her childhood in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, and fell in love with dancing at the age of 7 and have been dancing ever since. Natalia O’Connor is a professionally trained ballroom dancer who has performed and competed across the world on the amateur circuit since the age of 10. Having worked as an instructor in many places around the country and world, including Russia and Romania, she is the proud owner of the newest ballroom & fitness studio in the Capital Region. 







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