The Russian Chamber Art Society (RCAS) will present a musical tribute to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky


The Russian Chamber Art Society (RCAS) will present a musical tribute to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky at the Embassy of France on February 23.  The Siberian-born baritone died last November at the age of 55 after a battle with brain cancer.  
    During his tragically-short international career Hvorostovskyappeared to acclaim as Onegin, Yeletsky, Rigoletto and Rodrigo - among other roles.  A distinguished Patron of RCAS, he also gave many recitals of Russian art and folk songs.  
    The first half of RCAS's musical tribute will feature songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff sung by soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Timothy Mix. After intermission, baritone Kevin Wetzel will perform the complete 12-song cycle "Russia Cast Adrift" by Georgy Sviridov.  In 1995, Dmitri Hvorostovsky sang the Washington premiere of this work, set to poems by Silver Age poet Sergei Yesenin, at the Kennedy Center.
      Accompanying Conte, Mix and Wetzel will be RCAS founder and artistic director Vera Danchenko-Stern.