2012 Petroushka Ball

Ildar Abdrazakov and Olga BorodinaOn Friday, February 10, 2012, the Russian Children’s Welfare Society held its 47th annual Petroushka Ball at the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, New York City. Over 600 people attended including 350 dinner guests and over 250 after-dinner dancing attendees. The evening began with a cocktail hour at 8 PM followed by dinner at 9 PM. The menu consisted of smoked salmon wrapped in fines herbes crepe; sliced tenderloin of beef with Boursin Souffle, roasted root vegetables in a red wine sauce; and chocolate mousse and tiramisu with a chocolate liquid center served with caramel and chocolate sauces.

The Society was extremely fortunately to have both Olga Borodina and her husband Ildar Abdrazakov, two of the leading opera stars in the world, graciously perform during dinner in supporting the charitable activities of RCWS. Both have leading roles in the Metropolitan Opera’s revival of Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, which opened on February 27th to stunning reviews. Yelena Kurdina accompanied on the piano.

Olga KernAfter a short speech by Vladimir Fekula, President, on the recent charitable activities of the RCWS, the dinner guests were entertained by a thrilling mini-recital by, pianist, Olga Kern, who performed at Carnegie Hall the following evening.

Immediately following dinner, the Ensemble «Barynya» performed a series of Russian songs and dances in the Grand Ballroom before moving to the Balalaika Room for the balance of the evening. The famous Lester Lanin Orchestra, under the direction of Spencer Bruno played an array of dancing music to a festive crowd until 1 AM with the last song being "My Funny Valentine" sung by Wally Fekula. Russian Music was gaily played in the Balalaika Room until 2 AM. All in all, it was one of the greatest Petroushka Balls ever. The event was covered by the New York Times, The British Broadcasting Corporation and the Voice of America, among others.

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