Thank-you very much for your support of this year’s event!
We hope you will join us in 2022!
The fifteenth Russian Night will be held on Sunday, May 30 2021 at Peterloon Estate . The evening will include a gourmet Russian dinner in the wonderful Peterloon Estate, a live concert, as well as vodka tasting throughout the evening and a live auction!
The dinner, concert and auction will be held under a beautifully illumined tent this year. The vodka tasting, bar and hors d’oeuvre table will be outdoors. The basket raffle and auction items will be in the library as usual.
All proceeds will benefit our new church in Loveland, Ohio. You can support our region’s preservation of Russian culture by attending this festive evening and getting your own “taste” of Russia! For more information contact Anya Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 513-535-9873
• Porcini and Camembert Stuffed Mushrooms
• Pesto Goat Cheese Crostini with Pear Compote
• Marinated Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes & Grilled Vegetable in Parmesan Croustade with a Dollop of Sun Dried Tomato Pesto
• Chilled Summer Borscht, Rye Crouton, Dill Crème Fraiche
• Warm Assorted Rolls and Sliced Dark Rye
• Ramekins of Chive Butter and Sweet Butter at each table
• Mixed Field Greens with Carrots, Cucumber and Apple, Shaved Red Cabbage, Halved Cherry Tomatoes and Roasted Pine Nuts – Served with Golden Horseradish Vinaigrette
Choice of Entree
• Salmon Kulebyaka with Cucumber Dill Sour Cream
Grilled Summer Vegetables
•Bistro Beef Filet, Pickled Onion, Creamy Dill Horseradish Aioli
Grilled Summer Vegetables
Marble Red Skin Potatoes, Butter, Herbs
•Eggplant Steaks – Served Over a Salad of Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers,Red Onions, Olives, Feta and Garbanzo Beans
• Classic Pavlova with Strawberries, Kiwi, Whipped Cream and Raspberry Sauce
Live auctions are great fun! Here are a few of the items we’ll be putting up for bidding. Check back regularly; we’ll be adding more items every few days.
Barynya Balalaika Duo (est. 1991) has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the United States, including Carnegie Hall in New York, the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Smithsonian Institute of America in Washington D.C., the United Nations in New York, and the Russian Embassy in Washington D.C.
Barynya is globally recognized and boasts an impressive client roster of dignitaries, politicians, celebrities and organizations from around the world. The group performed at the black-tie Gala after the Liberty
Medal was presented to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev by President George H.W. Bush in 2008. The prestigious event was attended by over one thousand dignified guests including the likes of Tom Brokaw, Dikembe Mutumbo and Van Cliburn.Barynya also performs annually at the Russian Nobility Ball for the Russian Nobility Association in New York.
Videos of Barynya Balalaika:
Mikhail Smirnov, artistic director and founder:
Mikhail Victorovich Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1966. He has been in the business of Russian folk dance and music for more than 25 years. Mikhail (Russian: Михаил Викторович Смирнов) is an author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian. Mikhail received his Master’s degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous “Moscow Boys Chorus” – one of the most prestigious all-male
choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, “Russkaya Pesnya”, under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina. While studying in Moscow, Mikhail followed his passion for Russian folk culture by traveling to many different regions of Russia such as Tver, Smolensk, Belgorod, and Don River to collect Russian folklore at its source.
About Musical Director and balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina:
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist. She continued her training at the Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany. After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art
degree in the Balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika.