A Benefit Concert featuring Rachmaninoff's greatest compositions

New York, New York – November 26, 2012 – The Russian Center New York is proud to present one of the brightest cellists of his generation - Sergey Antonov - and a pianist with a distinctive personality, outstanding technique, and an inclination to stamp his own imprint on whatever he plays - Maxim Mogilevsky - at a benefit concert to support the Russian Multiple Sclerosis Society on December 14th, 2012 from 6PM to 9PM. The concert will be held at the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in New York at 9 East 91st Street, New York, NY 10128. Tickets are $150 and available at www.RussianCenterNY.org.

The Russian MS Society was established 12 years ago to help address the challenges of living with MS in Modern Russia. The Society’s network operates in 80 regions of Russia and represents the interests of 10 million people, including patients, their families, and doctors.

“We provide a source of support, encouragement, and hope to people living with Multiple Sclerosis and their loved ones.”

Yan Vlasov, President, Russian MS Society

The evening will commence with opening remarks by the Consul General of the Russian Federation, representatives from the Mayor's office, officials from the United Nations, and the President of the Russian Multiple Sclerosis Society. A live concert performed by Sergey Antonov and Maxim Mogilevsky featuring selections from Rachmaninoff's greatest compositions will follow the introductions. Exquisite Russian cuisine will be served in an adjacent hall following the concert.

In his early 20’s Mr. Antonov was hailed as “a brilliant cellist” by the legendary Mstislav Rostropovich. Sergey went on to prove his mentor’s proclamation by garnering top honors in numerous soloist and chamber competitions, ultimately landing the most coveted prize of them all, the Gold Medal, at the world’s premier musical Olympiad, the quadrennial International Tchaikovsky Competition in 2007.

Mr. Mogilevsky has impressed audiences worldwide with his fiery performances and distinctive interpretations. Maxim made his debut at age thirteen with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra to widespread acclaim. Since that time he has gone on to perform as a soloist with major orchestras around the world and has undertaken many unique artistic projects.

“It is only when we combine our efforts that we can fight Multiple Sclerosis and we are glad and proud to support this noble cause.”

Sergey Antonov and Maxim Mogilevsky

The Russian Center New York made the decision to transfer 10% of the proceeds from the Benefit Concert to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund.

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