Russian Center New York, led by Elena Branson, organized an evening in celebration of the 215th birthday anniversary of the Russian author of the Romantic era Alexander Pushkin. Anatoly Kargapolov, Senior Consul of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York, emphasized in his remarks that the birthday of the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature is being celebrated by the United Nations as an important international cultural event. Peter von Berg, a film and theater actor known for roles in Cast Away and The Americans, as well as poet, translator, and playwright Julian Henry Lowenfeld, were reading Pushkin’s work. An acclaimed spinto soprano Anya Fidelia sang works by Tchaikovsky and Glinka, based on Pushkin’s poems and poetry, accompanied by a winner of international piano competitions Irina Morozova. Pushkin’s bust, created by the sculptor Mikhail Zvyagin, was part of the gallery’s exhibition. Northern Cross Foundation is planning a gift of this sculpture to the city of New York.

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