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The second annual White Nights Festival of Russian Culture will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. on June 20 at Centennial Hall. Organized and coordinated by the Alaska-Siberia Research Center and sponsored by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, D.C., the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City & Borough of Juneau, the eight-hour celebration includes musical performers from around the state.
White Nights 061709 AE 2 Capital City Weekly The second annual White Nights Festival of Russian Culture will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. on June 20 at Centennial Hall. Organized and coordinated by the Alaska-Siberia Research Center and sponsored by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, D.C., the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City & Borough of Juneau, the eight-hour celebration includes musical performers from around the state.



Troika Family

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Schedule

2:00 - Prelude and opening ceremony
2:30 - Anthem ceremony
2:50 - SitNiks, instrumental Russian music, Sitka
3:15 - Troika Family, Anchorage
3:40 - Sudarushka, dancers, Anchorage
4:00 - Intermission
4:15 - Kodiak Russian Players
4:50 - New Archangel Dancers, Sitka
5:25 - Svetlana Velichko and Elena Smirnova, pianists, Anchorage
6:05 - Long Intermission
7:00 - Sadarushka, dancers, Anchorage
7:25 - Troika Family, Anchorage
7:50 - New Archangel Dancers and SitNiks, Sitka
8:25 - Intermission
8:35 - Svetlana Velichko and Elena Smirnova, pianists, Anchorage
9:05 - Steve Tada and Nancy Nash, violin and piano, Juneau
9:30 - Kodiak Russian Players, Kodiak

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Story last updated at 6/17/2009 - 11:02 am

White Nights
Festival of Russian Culture

The second annual White Nights Festival of Russian Culture will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. on June 20 at Centennial Hall. Organized and coordinated by the Alaska-Siberia Research Center and sponsored by the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington, D.C., the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City & Borough of Juneau, the eight-hour celebration includes musical performers from around the state.

The festival will consist of two sessions separated by a long intermission. Some performers will appear during both sessions presenting two different sets.

Admission to the festival is free of charge, though a $10 donation is suggested.

The Troika Family consists of Jim Lanier, Anna Bondarenko and Jimmy Lanier. Jim has been an Alaskan resident since 1967. He started playing piano at age seven and has been singing since he was in middle school. He has sung with the Alaska Chamber Singers, the Anchorage Opera, the Russian-American Colony Singers (RACS) and others. His wife, Anna, was raised in the Stavropol region of Southern Russia and has lived in Alaska for the past 17 years. A pianist and vocalist, she has sung with the Alaska Chamber Singers, RACS and others. She is the only Russian woman to have completed the Iditarod sled dog race. Their 11-year-old son, Jimmy, has been living in song his whole life. He has performed at several venues in Anchorage and has also won various singing competitions.

Pianist Svetlana Velichko had her first recital at age seven at the Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. She studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and after her graduation she taught there for 29 years. Since 1990, Velichko has lived in Anchorage where she has taught private students as well as students at the University of Alaska.

Elena Smirnova was born in Moscow and raised in Colorado. She began playing piano at age nine under the instruction of Velichko, her great aunt. At age 21 Smirnova won the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2008. She currently lives in New York City.


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