The sixeenth Russian Night will be held Friday, June 9, 2023 at a beautiful new location, The Groesbeck Estate at the Cincinnati Nature Center . As always, the evening includes a gourmet Russian dinner in gorgeous surroundings, a live concert, as well as vodka tasting throughout the evening and a live auction!
The dinner and auction will be held under a beautifully illumined tent. The vodka tasting, bar and hors d’oeuvre table happen on the patio. The basket raffle and auction items are on display throughout the evening. The concert will also be under the tent.
Proceeds from the wonderful evening benefit our parish in Loveland, Ohio. For more information contact Anya Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 513-535-9873.
• Sliced Rolled Eggplant, Garlic Dill Cream Cheese, Dill, Tomato
•Grilled Goat Cheese, Bacon and Roasted Tomato Bite with Black Sea Salt
• Rassolnik with Pickles and Barley
• Warm Assorted Rolls and Sliced Dark Rye
• Ramekins of Chive Butter and Sweet Butter at each table
• Strawberry Caprese Salad: Strawberries, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil on a Bed of Arugula – White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Choice of Entree
• Beet Brined Atlantic Salmon, Creamy Dill Coriander Sauce with Vinaigrette
(Potatoes, Pickled Cucumbers, Beets, Carrots, Onion, Olive and Vinaigrette)
• Filet of Ribeye, Horseradish Demi Glaze
White Cheddar Potato Timbale
• Individual Pirog – Filled with Roasted Vegetables on a Bed of Turnip Puree
• Pre-set Desserts alternating at each place:
• Chocolate Decadence Cake with Cascade of Mixed Fresh Berries, Wild Berry Sauce and Chantilly Cream
• Rustic Strawberry Rhubarb Tart, Cinnamon Anglaise, Chantilly Cream
Live auctions are great fun!
Here are a few of the items for this year’s auction!
A Special Concert: Barynya Balalaika Trio
This year we feature the incredible Barynya Balalaika Trio: Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk and Mikhail Smirnov.
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. Elina 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.
Acclaimed New York based contrabass balalaika player Leonid Bruk is the founder of the trio. Born in Leningrad, Leonid graduated from music school as a bass guitarist and performed with many different groups. Since 1989 when he arrived to USA, Leonid Bruk was deeply attracted to the bass-balalaika and contrabass balalaika. He has played with variuos folk groups including NYC Klezmer Band, Tamara Volskaia’s Russian Souvenir ensemble, Mandalin Orchestra of New York, NYC Russian Band and New York Balalaika Orchestra and soon become known expert in Russian folk music. His specialty is playing balalaika bass and balalaika–contrabass, the biggest balalaika in size.
Mikhail Smirnov plays the garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion), guitar and sings. He has been in the business of Russian folk dance and music for more than 30 years. Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya based in New York City, 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.