Transcript: Mayor de Blasio Speaks At 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month Opening Reception

NYC Gov: Mayor de Blasio: Dobryi vechir. I hope my practice worked. It is a joy to be with you this evening. I want to thank Marina, for her wonderful contributions, not only to this evening, but to the community, for her dedication as a founding president of the Russian-American Foundation. Let’s thank Marina for all she has done. read more. 

Bolshoi on the Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Tourists whipped out their cameras as six students from the Annual Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive visited the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to photograph some of their dance moves. read more. 

TJC’s Jewish News Week in Review

The Jewish Channel: Presbyterians vote in favor of BDS; Jews across the world campaign to #bringbackourboys, the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers; renowned violinist Phillipe Quint stages a concert for the Russian American Foundation; and a peek at our “Up Close” interview with Rabbi Daniel Sperber, author of “On The Relationship of Mitzvot Between Man and His Neighbor and Man and His Maker.” watch.

Russian American Foundation and Oberlin College

Oberlin College: This spring, the Russian department, with generous funding from OCREECAS and OCLC, held two events designed to counsel students on the wide range of career opportunities available to individuals with knowledge of Russian language and culture….The panelists included Rina Kirshner of the Russian-American Foundation (RAF), a non-profit devoted to promoting bi-lateral dialogue through initiatives in youth educational exchange in the arts and athletics. read more. 

National Arts Club–From Primitivism to Propaganda: Russia’s Modern Masters

НТВ-Америка: В Нью-Йорке в рамках фестиваля русской культуры “Наше наследие” открылась выставка русских художников авангардистов начала 20 века. Выставка продлится до 19 июня в “National Art Club”. Репортаж Юлии Райдлер. НТВ-Америка. 6 июня 2014. watch.

Russia’s Obraztsov Puppet Theatre brings ‘Extraordinary Concert’ to 92 Street Y

Examiner: Russia’s famed S.V. Obraztsov Puppet Theatre makes its English-language debut this weekend at 92nd Street Y in a program sponsored by the Russian American Foundation. The Moscow-based troupe will present an English version of its wildly popular An Extraordinary Concert, a puppet parody of inept singers, dancers, musicians and magicians that premiered in Russia in 1946 and has since been performed in hundreds of Russian cities and over 40 countries. read more. 

DeBlasio Promises New Focus on Russian Community

New York Post: Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday night promised to be “focused” on the Russian community — unlike his predecessors — while honoring some of its members at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. read more. 

New York Celebrates 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month

Russia Beyond the HeadlinesOn June 11, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Sackler Wing was invaded by Russians in the best possible way. Some of New York’s most illustrious Russian-Americans were on hand to open the 12th annual Russian Heritage month, which celebrates the contributions of Russian-Americans to New York City. read more

Russian American Foundation Presents AN EXTRAORDINARY CONCERT Puppet Show at 92nd Street Y, 6/21-22

Broadway WorldThe Russian American Foundation is pulling out all the strings when it proudly presents the renowned Russian puppet theater, The S.V. Obraztsov Puppet Theater of Moscow, to American audiences for the first time. The show, which is suitable for families with children 13 and over, will present its renowned puppet production of “An Extraordinary Concert”, on Saturday, June 21 at 8:30pm and Sunday June 22 at 8:00pm at the 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave, NYC. read more.

Philippe Quint Shows Off His Address Book and His Exquisite Chops on the Violin

Lucid Culture: The bill Tuesday night at the Times Center was a casual “Philippe Quint and friends,” but these friends are in high places, musically speaking. Great players never have trouble finding similar top-level talent, but this violinist has a particularly deep address book. Introducing his own Caprices from the film The Red Violin, John Corigliano attested to Quint’s eclecticism. “He can do bluesy swing, salsa, anything you ask him to,” he marveled. Quint validated him with an alternatingly terse and sizzling performance of the plaintively neoromantic solo theme and variations, through daunting octave passages, lightning descents and nail-biting intensity as they reached a peak. read more.

Unseen Works by Russia’s Modern Masters on View at the National Arts Club in New York

Artfix Daily: Thirty-five works on paper by some of Russia’s most notable modern artists from the private collection of Marina and Nikolay Shchukin will open at The National Arts Club in New York on May 19, 2014. From Primitivism to Propaganda: Russia’s Modern Masters, curated by Matthew Drutt, showcases works by celebrated and less-known Russian artists including Natalia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, Rosalia Rabinovich, the Stenberg brothers, Nikolai Suetin, and Pavel Tchelitchew. Most of these works have never before been shown in the West. The exhibition is part of the 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month®, a celebration of events and exhibits highlighting Russian culture. read more.

Russian American Foundation to Present PHILIPPE QUINT & FRIENDS Benefit Concert, 5/27

Broadway World: On Tuesday, May 27 at 7:00 pm, the Russian American Foundation (RAF) will present “Philippe Quint & Friends,” a benefit concert hosted by the renowned Russian-American violinist at the New York Times Building’s Time Center (242 West 41st Street). The evening will feature performances by special guests such as Joshua Bell, John Corigliano, Josh Ralph, Emily Bergl, Michael Bacon, William Wolfram, the Matt Herskowitz Trio, and Quint’s own Argentine tango group, the Quint Quintet, featuring JP Jofre, Octavio Brunetti, Oren Fader, and Pedro Giraudo. read more.

Lieberman: Israel May Soon Have a Russian-Speaking Prime Minister

Haaretz: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman addressed members of New York’s Russian Jewish community on Sunday, praising Russian-born immigrants who have succeeded in Israeli politics, and wondering aloud if a Russian-speaking prime minister is imminent. read more.

Violinist Philippe Quint Receives Gateways Ambassador of Arts Award

Broadway World: On Wednesday, March 12, violinist Philippe Quint was awarded the Ambassador of Arts Award at the 16th Anniversary Gala Banquet of the Gateways Organization celebrating The Brownstone Experience. The banquet, held in the Delegates Dining Room at the United Nations, was attended by distinguished elected officials, world business leaders, dignitaries and over 400 prominent guests, also honoring fashion designer Valentin Yudashkin and Virginie and Mark Cohen, CEOs of Stonehouse Capital Management. read more.

American Ballet Dancers, Maria Beck and Gabe Shayer Train Russian Style

Moscow Expat Life: Maria Beck and Gabe Shayer, two Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive alumni, discuss Russian ballet training. read more.

Art on Ice: Russia’s Passion for Ballet and Figure Skating

NBC Olympics: Reporter Mary Carillo visits with legendary figure skating coach Tamara Moskvina and learns how Russia’s great tradition in pairs skating is inspired by the country’s historic passion for ballet.  Coverage features one of RAF’s alumni of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive.  see more.

Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Auditions Coming to Denver

Denver Post: This weekend, the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy will hold auditions for its 2014 summer intensive program in New York and Connecticut. Aspiring area ballet dancers aged 9-24 who make the cut will get to hone their skills with master teachers from the Bolshoi, which is responsible for training international stars like Natalia Osipova, Alexei Ratmansky, Polina Semionova and Maria Kochetkova. read more

The Museum of Russian Art To Exhibit Photographs from Jewish Life in the Russian Empire

American Jewish World: The vast majority of you reading this article today, like me, had grandparents or great-grandparents who came to America during the Great Migration from Eastern Europe between 1880 and 1920. The vast majority of them came from what was designated “the Pale of Settlement,” a swath of the western part of Catherine the Great’s Russian Empire, established in the late 18th century. read more

First Responders Battle on Ice

U.S.- Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Newsletter: On June 25-26, New Yorkers were treated to the annual “Battles on Ice” organized by the Russian American Foundation (RAF) as part of the 11th Annual Russian Heritage Month.  In the words of RAF Vice President Rina Kirshner, “these friendship hockey games between New York City’s Bravest and Russia’s EMERCOM firefighters exemplify how the people of Russia and the United States can come together in support of each other and build special bonds which will further develop friendships of peoples, cultures and countries.” read more

Dancer Returns from Russia

The Cornwall Local: Cornwall High School sophomore Emma Schilling returned home, two weeks ago, from a six-week intensive program in Russia.  She was one of only 15 dancers to be selected to study at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow through the NSLI-Y (The National Security Language Initiative for Youth) Program and the Russian American Foundation.  To be eligible for the trip, Schilling had to first attend the Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive.  She spent three weeks in New York City for intensive ballet training. read more