World-famous Russian violist and Grammy winner Yuri Bashmet and cello virtuoso Mischa Maisky performed with the Moscow Soloists at Lincoln Center on Saturday afternoon. The music of Schubert, Haden and Brahms was performed by over 20 classical musicians, hand-picked for the orchestra by Yuri Bashmet himself.
[Maxim Mogilevsky, musician]:
“You know, New York has become one of the centers for Russian culture, Russian music outside of Russia. And New York always gives us chances to see the most favorite performers, artists, musicians from around the world, and that of course includes Yuri Bashmet and his famous group.”
The concert was dedicated to the 10-year anniversary of the Russian-American Dental Association. The Association is a professional community that also runs projects to raise awareness about the health hazards of smoking.
[Rada Sumareva, President of Russian-American Dental Association]:
“We have a project dedicated to prevention of head and neck cancer and an anti-smoking campaign. And in this project we conduct a lot of interesting and useful activities, such as free check ups for cancer of head and neck, a children’s drawing contest.”
The Association, originally established in the tri-state area, has now expanded to more states in the U.S. and plans to develop further. Among the guests of the evening were prominent representatives from the Russian community, such as New York State Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny. He considers art to be the bridge between Russian and American cultures and people in New York.
[Alec Brook-Krasny, New York State Assemblyman]:
“We listen and see concerts of Bashmet. We see and enjoy the music performed by Maisky. And this is wonderful, because it allows people to understand each other better, first of all.”
Starting this year, April has been named the month of Russian culture in New York.
As for those who want to listen to Moscow Soloists live, they are continuing their U.S. tour and will perform in Boston today.
NTD News, New York