Jewish Heritage Education Program: RAF, in partnership with the Brownstone (Jewish Education Center), creates educational programs for young, Jewish individuals from Russia and Israel inspiring them to become future leaders in their communities while delving into the depth of Judaism through lectures, peer-to-peer learning and collaborations on joint projects. Last year RAF with the Brownstone successfully brought 2 groups of over 50 participants from St. Petersburg, Russia for a 7-day program. This year, about 5 groups of close to 130 participants from all over Russia and the former Soviet States will be coming to NYC with the support of RAF. Each participant gets a full scholarship for all expenses, including travel to New York City, travel during their stay, accommodations, and all additional costs of the program.
In collaboration with other major institutions, RAF organizes and sponsors Jewish-themed exhibits to educate Russian and American non-practicing Jews on Jewish heritage. Past projects include “The Memory of Time and Space: Russian Jewish Artists in Diaspora” featuring Jewish artists/photographers of Russian-speaking communities presented at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University, “The Time of a Great Dream: American Artists Gift to the Jewish Autonomous Region of the USSR” exhibited at the National Arts Club and “The Jews of Tsarist Russia”, a photographic exhibition shown at YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research) and many others.
June of every year, RAF produces the Annual Russian Heritage Month® which is an exciting and important tradition of celebrating the New York community of émigrés from the former Soviet Union. The AnnualRussian Heritage Month® is the only event of its kind in the U.S. and it annually attracts over 100,000 people to enjoy contemporary and folk music, dance performances, art exhibitions, public festivals, health and sports fairs, business expos, and other thrilling events.
RAF’s partnership with Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy dates to 2007, when both organizations joined in a mission to bring the methods, culture, and pedagogy of authentic Russian classical ballet to the American ballet community. RAF awards over 60 ballet scholarships annually to talented young dancers in economic need. These scholarships provide an opportunity for deserving up-and-coming dance students to study with professors from the esteemed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. In addition, RAF implements a program, funded by the US Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which sponsors 15 young dancers to travel to Russia, immerse in Russian language and culture study, and train at Moscow’s acclaimed Bolshoi Ballet Academy for 6 weeks. RAF’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Youth Programs are continuously recognized for promoting Peer-to-Peer Dialogue and for numerous pre-professional and cultural benefits bestowed on its participants.
2016 Benefit Concert
June 5 (Sun), 2016 5:30pm
The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10005
For the third consecutive year Russian American Foundation and violin virtuoso Philippe Quint will be joining forces for the spectacular benefit concert “Philippe Quint & Friends: From Bloch to Rachmaninoff”. This year Philippe Quint will be joined by illustrious virtuosos Ani and Marta Aznavoorian , celebrating the legacy of Russian and Jewish classical music. The concert will be presented as part of the 14th Annual Russian Heritage Month®, produced by the Russian American Foundation in cooperation with the New York Post, and all proceeds will benefit the cultural and educational programs offered by the Russian American Foundation.
The evening will also present a thrilling exhibit of unique string instruments by Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu and Antonio Stradivari, generously donated for the evening by Stradivari Society of Chicago® and Reuning & Son Violins of Boston. The exhibit is curated by wonderful Suzanne Fushi of Stradivari Society of Chicago®. Philippe Quint will perform on a number of these instruments himself.
The Gala Concert Committee for the 2016 benefit concert “Philippe Quint & Friends: From Bloch to Rachmaninoff” include Mr. Michael Bacon, film and television composer and founding member the Bacon Brothers, Mr. Joshua Bell, Grammy-award winning violinist, Mr. David Grubin, Emmy-award winning director, writer, producer and cinematographer and Mr. Marlen Kruzhkov, Esq., Member, Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum, PLLC.
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ANTON ARENSKY. Piano Trio No.1 ( excerpt)
3. Elegia: Adagio
4. Finale: Allegro non troppo
ERNEST BLOCH. “Prayer”, for cello and piano
PYOTR TCHAIKOVSKY. “Melodie”, for violin and piano
ERNEST BLOCH. “Nigun”, for violin and piano
SERGEI RACHMANINOFF. “Vocalise”, for cello and piano
GEORGE GERSHWIN.”It Ain’t Necessarily So” from the opera ‘Porgy and Bess’, for violin and piano
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH. Trio no.2, for piano, violin and cello
2015 Benefit Concert
June 28 (Sun), 2015, 6pm
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
After the overwhelming success of the last year’s event, the Russian born-American violin virtuoso Philippe Quint has returned with an all-new program and another group of his extraordinary friends for a benefit concert entitled “Philippe Quint & Friends: Hebrew Rhapsody”. This year, he has been joined by Lera Auerbach, Alex Fiterstein, Kate Davis, Matt Herskowitz, Lara St. John, Wei-Yang Andy Lin, Joseph Malovany, Sara Sant’Ambrogio, Eric Silberger, Konstantin Soukhovetski and boys vocal choir “M-Generation”. The benefit concert marks the closing of the 13th Annual Russian Heritage Month® produced by the Russian American Foundation in collaboration with The New York Post.
The concert is an ode to Russian, American and Jewish cultures and represents a cause that Philippe holds dear to his heart. “Hebrew Rhapsody is a title that I feel unifies the narrative of traditional Jewish music with Jewish-inspired or Jewish-themed works by great composers of both the past and the present,“ says Quint about his inspiration for building the concept around the art of storytelling.
The evening has been hosted by celebrated actress, model and author Carol Alt.
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SERGEI PROKOFIEV. Overture on Hebrew Themes, op.34 for clarinet, piano and String Quartet.
BLOCH. Prayer from Jewish Life no.1 for cello and piano
LERA AUERBACH. Sonata no.3 for violin and piano (2005) New York Premiere
KATE DAVIS. “Only Growing Old”, “Little J&K”, “Secret”
MEGHAN TRAINOR AND KEVIN KADISH. “All About the Bass”
MATT HERSKOWITZ. “Nagilara”
ALEXEI IGUDESMAN. “Klezmer Freilach” duo for two violins
SHLOMO RAVITZ & JOSEPH MALOVANY. Shirat d’vorah “The song of Deborah”
STEPHEN ADAMS. The Holy City.
M-GENERATION. “New York, New York”, “Vu Nemtmen Abisale Mazel”, “Ose Shalom”,
ABRAHAM NADEL. Sim Shalom “Give Peace”.
M-GENERATION. “Never Say Good Bye”
All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Jewish Heritage Education Program, managed by the Russian American Foundation.
2014 Benefit Concert
May 27, 2014 – 7 pm
The Times Center at the New York Times Building, 242 West 41st Street, Manhattan
The Benefit Concert in 2014 marked the opening of the 12th Annual Russian Heritage Month® presented by the Russian American Foundation. All proceeds from the evening benefited the educational programs of the Russian American Foundation. The evening featured specials guests, including Joshua Bell, J. Ralph, Emily Bergl, Michael Bacon, William Wolfram, the Matt Herskowitz Trio, and the Quint Quintet, featuring celebrated Argentine performers JP Jofre, Octavio Brunetti, Oren Fader, and Pedro Giraudo.
Award-winning American violinist Philippe Quint is a multi-faceted artist whose wide range of interests has led to several Grammy nominations for his albums, performances with major orchestras, including recent debuts with the London Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig to Carnegie Hall in New York, and a leading role in the major independent film “Downtown Express.”
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