Come help us celebrate our 27th year of Russian festivities!

Enjoy all the flavor and fun of the Russian-American experience in one wild weekend! Sample piroshki, borsch, pelmeni, and our ever popular flavored vodkas. Our three-day performance spectacular will transport your spirit to Russia of old with ballads, folk songs, ballet, folk dance, and much more, featuring such popular groups as the Konovets quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia; the Firebird Balalaika Ensemble from Los Angeles; with local favorites Nikolai Massenkoff, world renowned bass; Vladimir Riazantsev's Russian Dancers; and the Firebird Dance Ensemble.

Be sure not to miss the historic treasures in the Museum of Russian Culture, and delight in our fantastic Art Gallery to peruse or purchase originals by our own local Russian artists. Face painting and crafts for the kids! Pick-up souvenirs like Russian scarves, Baltic amber, lacquer boxes and matryoshka dolls!

January 30, Friday 5pm-9:30pm
January 31, Saturday 11am-10pm
February 1, Sunday 11am-7pm

General Admission: $10
Seniors & Students: $6
Children 12 & under: FREE

Stay late on Friday night to enjoy dancing in our ballroom from 10pm-12:30am! No admission after 10pm.

Discounted parking across the street. Nearby Muni lines include: 1-California, 2-Clement, 24-Divisadero, & 38-Geary.

2015 Performance Schedule

Master of ceremony: Zoia Lu-Choglokoff

Stage Managers: Lana & Roman Krassovsky,

Lights: Nick Musihin & Steven Philipoff

Sound: Nick Sabelnik

Friday, January 30, 2015

6:15 Official Opening

6:30-7:30 “Konevets Quartet” from St. Petersburg, Russia

                 “Yulia Zharova”, ballet solo

                        Anna Dublennikova, Russian Songs

   “Hopak” – Kolya Yurkevich, Russian Center Dancers

7:30-7:50 Intermission (Food court closes at 9 PM)

7:50-9:15 Nikolai Massenkoff, world-famous Russian bass, accompanied by “Silver Strings Mandolin Ensemble”

                 Sailors’ Dance “Yablochko” – Dima Zabelin,  Russian Center Dancers

                     Russian Operetta Company, director & composer: Ella Belilovskaya.

                   Soloists: Susana Tchubarian, Elena Stepanova, Xenia Kruglova & Gregory Harrik.

9:45-12:30 Dance Party!  Dance the night away!

         DJ Nick Ionoff

Saturday, January 31, 2015

12:15-1:20    Archbishop Riordan High School Marching Band, director Scott Souza, assistant director Kyle Hildebrant

Teremok “ (Pre-school at the Russian Center), music director Olga Champney

Lysaya  Dance School, director Lotta Lysaya Burton

Ensemble  Studio “Rodnichek” – artistic director Tatyana Tcherkassova

2:30-3:30    Sivka-Burka Kozak Vocal Ensemble, music director Janna Wilson

   Russian Center Dancers, director Olga Prokoshina

“Firebird” Balalaika Quartet, from Los Angeles. Iryna Orlova, Anatoliy Mamalyga, Peter Rothe & Tom Barnes.

4:30-5:30       “Firebird” Dance Ensemble, director Lotta Lysaya-Burton

Marina V. from Moscow, via Los Angeles: A wonderful young star!  Winner of the Hollywood International Entertainment Award.

6:30-7:30    Natalia Borisova’s “Russian Collection” – artistic director, Vladimir Riazantsev

Kira Stakhovskaya, solo – accompanied by Tatiana Scott

Vladimir Riazantsev & Friends

Konevets” Quartet from Russia

8:30-9:40 “Firebird Dance Ensemble” director Lotta Lysaya Burton

                       “Firebird” Balalaika Ensemble, from Los Angeles

Sunday, February 1, 2015

12:00-1:00 “Firebird” Balalaika Quartet, from Los Angeles

Pechki Lavachki a Russian traditional folk songsolo Anna Nadelson

Vladimir Riazantsev & Friends

2:30-3:45 Nino Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, director Nino Vdovicenco

First Russian Ballet School, director Julia Zharova

                    “Lieberstaum #3” by F. Liszt, piano solo Simon Tabach


                    Vladimir Riazantsev & Julia Zharova – “Boyarski Dance”

“Konevets” Quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia

4:30-5:30 “Firebird” Balalaika Quartet, from Los Angeles


                 Song About Kalinka” performed by Elizabeth Nadelson, Sofia & Dasha Terebilo, accomp. by Roman Shatsev


                     “Yesaul” Cozack song, solo Anna Nadelson

Russian Center Dancers, artistic director Olga Prokoshina

6:15-7:00 Sailors’ Dance “Yablochko” – Dima Zabelin,  Russian Center Dancers


                     Vladimir Riazantsev, Honored Artist of Russia

“Konevets” Quarter from Russia

Grand Finale (Everybody!)

Performance Schedule Subject to Change

Russian Festival Photos