The Second Annual Festival was held in the Terni Cultural Institute in NYC. This year was so marked the 145th birthday anniversary of Sergey Rachmaninov. “An Uncompromising Power of Expression: A Rhapsody in Diversity” is a true celebration of Art and Music with participants as diverse as their art.
Participating artists: Alex Ag, Alexandr Dudorov, Elena Dobrovolskaya, Marina Gershman, Elena Iosilevich, Yelena Kimelblat, Simon Kaplan, Natalia Koren Kropfm, Nina Kossman, Yelena Lezhen, Natalia Maks, Julia Michry, Aleksandr Rees, Alex Shabatinas, Evgeni Tonevitski and Mikhail Zvyagin.
Musicians: Irina Nuzova – piano, Natalia Medvedovskaya – piano.
Part two: Adrian Daurov - cello, Galina Ivannikova - mezzo-soprano.
The festival was opened by the President of the society Victoria Kurchenko, art director Elena Yoselevich and musical director Natalia Medvedovskaya.
Some documents were exhibited at the festival, in particular photo of Rachmaninoff by Edward Steichen in 1936. After World War II Mr. Steichen was the Director of the Department of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art until 1962.
Julia Khramtsova inaugurated the representation of the Pushkin Society in America in the largest area of New York - Queens.
The literary part was opened with the poems of Pushkin and Brodsky. Elena Golovanova-Starenko opened an exhibition of her books-clamshells and voiced their capacious content. Alexander Ag, photo artist and curator of the projects, talked about the nearest opening days of the society. Writer Olga Timshchuk and artist Bogdan Vroz came from Connecicut to attend the evening. Nina Rumyantseva, who has lived in the US for only eight months, offered to organize a linguistic theater. Delilah Lipovetskaya, Polina Pecherskaya, Boris Borukaev and Vladimir Fadeyev read their poetry.
Members of the Art Guild and Musicians of the Pushkin Society performed in poetic hypostases. Elena Iosilevich, the project curator and art director, presented two new books by Yefim Medvedovsky; "In the Archive of Memory" about the Leningrad blockade during World War II, and the lyric collection by Mikhail Zvyagin titled "Necessary Pain".
Gena Gruz, Yefim Medvedovsky and Mikhail Gurevich read their poems. Arthur Litvak recited the poetic texts of Mikhail Zvyagin with great skill. The evening was a collaboration of different genres, which caused a special interest from listeners.
In the bohemian district of Manhattan in the cafe "Vivaldi" sounded a violin concert organized by the musical guild of the Pushkin Society in America, which is formed during this year under the guidance of the pianist and composer Natalia Medvedovskaya. The program was dedicated to the 340th anniversary of the birth of Antonio Vivaldi. The walls of the club were decorated with series of works by Elena Iosilevich, "Love in Three Colors" and "Adam and Eve. Rebirth".
The literary-musical program "Boris Chichibabin and Yevgeny Yevtushenko - the tangle of destinies" was held at the Zinc club. In the performance of Vladimir Nuzov, poetry, memories and stories about meetings with poets were heard. The musical application was prepared by Olga Slavnina, who played Bach, Beethoven and Mozart.
The Kharkov literary theme was continued by the journalist Vitaly Orlov, who read a few quotations from the unpublished manuscript of Boris Chichibabin and showed photographs of the 1960s from his personal archive.
In the hospitable Book Cafe on Staten Island the performances of writer Natalia Asenkova and bard Mark Belitsky were executed with great success.
Natalia Asenkova talked about her work, touching upon the plot lines, which paid great attention to the problem of personal development. The author dwelled in detail on the storyline of the piece "Against the Supporter", which concerns the appearance of Alexander Pushkin, and also at his work in the Archive of Literature and Art in Leningrad. Real materials and documents formed the basis of the novel "Artists". In conclusion Natalia answered the questions of listeners.
Mark Belitsky, a poet and bard, was born in Leningrad and emigrated to the United States in 1975. He began to write poetry and songs in adulthood. Soon he won his own audience and became a frequent guest of radio and television broadcasts. He also often performed in the famous "Russian Samovar." In his concert, Mark performed both new songs and the ones well-known in the circle of his admirers. Of particular interest were the stories related to the process of "birth" of the song, memories of friendship with Eugene Raine and meetings with Evgeny Evtushenko.
In the library of Manhattan (Grand Central Library) a creative evening of writer Anna Nemerovskaya was held, where the presentation of the second edition of her novel "And Gave the Most Noble to Man Free Will" was held. The program also featured a small exhibition of the author's photographs. After the break, there was a discussion of the posed topic; freedom of will and fatal fate. Elena Gracheva, Vladimir Nuzov and Arkady Pyanin made comments on the product.
There was a poetry evening at Grand Central Library in Manhattan where we were happy to
introduce four talented poets - Jacob Miller, Nina Kossman, Alena Baksht, and Natalia Koren Kropf.
Jacob Miller read poems from his book “Lines From a Canvas“. Natalia Koren and Alena Baksht talked about love and life, nature and humanity. Nina Kossman presented her book “Gods and Mortals”. The event was curated by Elena Iosilevich.
the Brooklyn library, the psychologist Elena Brodova presented her "Literary Masquerade". During the speech, she introduced the
audience to the basics of psychological literacy and conducted training with them on the practical skills of everyday's life. After the break Elena held the presentation of her book "Fairy Tales from a
Fragments of the texts were dramatized by actors "from the public". The author also read her poems, in the words of which Polina Pecherskaya composed music and performed works that culminated in this diverse evening.
A new site for performances in Russian and English
was opened in one of the districts of New York City - Staten Island. A bohemian type
cafe, inside which an exhibition hall, a shop, a library, a professional stage and a confectionery functioned at the same
time, was liked by the guests.
The Day of Tatiana and Eugene was dedicated to the 185th anniversary of the first publication of the work of Alexander Pushkin "Eugene Onegin". Within the framework of the event, the exhibition of Pushkin's paintings by Eugeni Tonevitski harmoniously blended in.
An exclusive concert with romances with a guitar, poetic readings in two languages and bright musical performances in country style, as well as conversations about literature have found a response from listeners.
A multifaceted show "Just to land in Tokyo" by Kuzma Vostrikov, a writer and a photo artist, took place in the premises of the Tenri Culural Institute in New York, in cooperation with the Museum
of Russian Art (MORA).
The first part included a presentation of the same mystical novel. The second one - an exhibition of digital photographs, which were illustrations of the presented book. Visual interpretations were created with the help of abstract images: more than twenty independent works led the viewer to the idea of penetrating beyond the bounds of being, referring to intertwining of new technologies and original oriental culture, exposing its stereotyped perception exclusively through meditative practices.
In conclusion, for the joy of the public, a jazz band was invited to the stage, which exceeded all expectations with its concert program.