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Russian Fireworks: A Musical Celebration

Sunday, June 10 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

$25 – $30

The Museum of Russian Art is honored to present, as the finale of Days of Russian Culture at TMORA:

Russian Fireworks:  A Musical Celebration

Celebrate the final night of Days of Russian Culture at The Museum of Russian Art with an evening of exquisite music.  Featuring a cadre of incredible musicians at the helm, you’ll experience the best in Russian classical masterpieces:


Dmitri Shostakovich: The Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Op. 40

Anton Arensky: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, op. 32

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Pieces for violin and piano (Waltz-Scherzo and Serenade melancolique)

Serge Prokofiev (arr. Jascha Heifetz): March from opera ‘The Love for Three Oranges’

Art Songs by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

Russian folk songs


Special thanks to Concert Sponsor Gazprom M&T USA, LTD and Cultural Ambassador Sponsor Bruce Goodman, whose contributions provide for these stunning musicians:

Featuring – 

Olga Orlovskaya, soprano

Ben Odhner, violin

Silver Ainomäe, cello

Denis Evstuhin, piano

Doors will open at 6:15.  The program will begin at 7:00pm.  A cash bar will be available for your enjoyment. Piano Sponsored by Schmitt Music.

TICKETS:  General Admission $30  |  TMORA Member $25



About the artists:

Russian born soprano Olga Orlovskaya graduated with honor from the Russian Academy of Music and attained degree Master of Arts with specialty in voice.
Olga participant and finalist of multiple national and international festivals and competition such as “Palaces of St. Petersburg”, “Norway Cultural Festival”, “Opera Ischia Festival”, “Roma Opera Festival” and “Great Lake Chamber Music Festival” Ms. Orlovskaya was prize winner of the international competition Operetta Land for best performance of Kalman in 2008 in Moscow.
Ms. Orlovskaya is the founder and artistic director of the quartet “The Russian Sopranos”.

Her career highlights includes singing the role of Katerina in Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk by Shostakovich with Novosibirsk State Opera Theater, for which she won a Golden Mask nomination. This role became signature role for Olga and she perform this role with great success with many others opera companies

Ms. Orlovskaya also had a great success with her solo concert in many European cities and capitals (Paris, Rome, Geneva, Luxemburg, Dresden, Barcelona, and Brussels).

Ms. Orlovskaya made her debut in the United States in winter 2006 with “Helicon Opera” as Adele in” Die Fledermaus” by Johann Strauss on the stages of 50 theaters of continental US. Ms. Orlovskaya in the season 2010-2011 has been a season opener for concert series for National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC. Starting from 2010 Olga Orlovskaya became soloist for Washington Balalaika Society – biggest and most respected in United State Russian folk instrument orchestra.

Nowadays Olga performing title roles for soprano in operas – Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Tosca, Aida, Madame Butterfly, La Boheme (Mimi), Carmen (Micaela), Turandot (Liu)
She made her debut with Teatro Lirco D’Europa during its fall 2010-winter 2011 USA tours as Lucia in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor to outstanding critical acclaim. She performed on the stages of “Majestic Theater” (Boston, MA), “Wichita Grand Opera” (Wichita, KY), “Palm Desert McCallum Theater” (Palm Desert, CA), “Marina Civic Center” (Panama City, FL), “Barbara Mann Theater” (Ft. Myers, FL.), “The Grand 1894 Opera House” (Galveston, TX), “The Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Art Center” (Santa Fe, NM), “Vilar Performing Arts Center” (Vail, CO), “Morah Theater” (Jacksonville, FL), “Ft. Pierce Sunrise Theater” (Ft. Pierce, FL) “The Palmetto Opera” (Columbia, SC)

Ben Odhner joins the Minnesota Orchestra at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. He won a section violin position with the Colorado Symphony in 2014 and held the position of fixed 4th chair in the first violin section since 2015. He has appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Ashland Symphony, Warminster Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. In 2008 and 2009, he was selected to participate in the New York String Orchestra Seminar at Carnegie Hall. A fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival and School, he has been concertmaster of the Aspen Sinfonia and the Aspen Concert Orchestra. He was also a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which performed at Carnegie Hall in April 2009 as a part of the first international classical music summit brought together through the internet.

Odhner started his violin studies at age five in Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and his master’s degree at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying with Paul Kantor. He has been featured on NPR’s From the Top as part of the Gray Charitable Trust Piano Trio and appears frequently in concert at the Glencairn Museum in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Throughout his studies, he received generous scholarship funding from the D.R. Starling Foundation.


Silver Ainomäe was born in Tallinn, Estonia. At the age of six he began to play the cello and piano. In 1990 Ainomäe’s family migrated from Estonia to Finland and at the age of twelve, he was accepted to the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where his teachers were Hannu Kiiski and Arto Noras. After receiving a master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy, he attended London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Razumovsky Academy under the guidance of Oleg Kogan. He participated in his first international competition when he was eight years old. Two years later he won second prize in a competition held in the former Czechoslovakia. Since then he has been competing regularly, winning multiple prizes and awards at competitions worldwide including the Isang Yun, Lutoslawski and Paulo competitions.

Ainomäe has performed in more than 30 countries as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. His solo debut was with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in 2000. He has since performed concertos with Finnish Radio Orchestra, Zürich Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Polish Radio Orchestra, Tapiola Sinfonietta and Colorado Symphony under conductors such as Paavo Järvi, Andrew Litton, Marin Alsop and Claus-Peter Flor. Principal cellist of the Colorado Symphony since 2009, Ainomäe has also appeared as guest principal with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. An active chamber musician and educator, he has performed and taught at the most prominent festivals in Finland, Estonia, Switzerland, Greece, Germany and United Kingdom.


Hailed as “one of the finest pianists in the young generation,” Denis Evstuhin has earned international acclaim for his vibrant artistry, remarkable sound quality and brilliant virtuosity by audiences and critics alike. His “sonorous, dark sound, clear textures, a fine sense of balance and an elegance of line” together with his ability to find “the expressive heart of each piece even as he made crisp and fluent work of the technical demands,” have prompted critics to hail the Russian pianist as “a true artist” and “a natural musician” who has “virtuosity tempered with an old-world style…”

Denis has performed in major cities and venues throughout Germany, Austria, Spain, Russia, France, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, Estonia, and the USA. He has appeared on stages of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the great Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff Halls in Moscow, the Mariinsky Theater and Philharmonic Halls in St. Petersburg, in Warsaw and Bydgoszcz, as well as Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Evstuhin appeared as a soloist with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and the Sioux City Symphony. He worked with conductors Henry Charles Smith, Philip Mann, Mark Russell Smith, Tugan Sokhiev, and Vladimir Ziva. Recent highlights include a New York debut at the International Keyboard Institute and Festival and a recital at the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts in Chicago.

He has also appeared on radio and television in Russia, Europe and the US, including Russian National Television and Radio, Polish Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, WFMT in Chicago, and WCLV in Cleveland, performing works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. In 2010 Denis was a guest on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

Sponsored By:

Gazprom M&T USA, LTD; and Piano Sponsor Schmitt Music

and Bruce Goodman


Sunday, June 10
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
$25 – $30
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