Our hearts are with Ukraine : music from Rodina and Rodin

A concert by Alla, Alexander, and Raisa Rodin from Ukraine with the participation of Aleksandr Bolotin and Yuliya Basis from NYC!

Mar 20, 2023 7:00-8:30 PM
skylight gallery

Salmagundi Program Committee


Open to the public
Up to 100 seats

$20 Suggested donation | General admission
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Claude Debussy, “Nuit d’Etoiles” (Starry night) [poems by Theodore de Banville]
A. Rodina, A. Bolotin

Claude Debussy, “Fantoches” [poems by Paul Verlaine]

Claude Debussy, Lia’s Aria from “L’enfant Prodigue” (The Prodigal son)

Alexander Rodin, Two sketches for piano from Four Sketches of Tenderness

Alexander Rodin, “Atmos”
Violin – Raisa Rodina, Piano – Alexander Rodin

Maurice Ravel, “Five Popular Greek Songs”
A. Rodina, A. Bolotin

Ernest Chausson “Le temps des lilas” (Lilac time) [poems by Maurice Bouchor]

Maurice Ravel, Concepcion’s aria from “L’Heure espagnole”

Maurice Ravel, “Jeax d’eau” (Playing water)

Francis Poulenc, “Violin” [poems by L.Vilmorin]
A. Rodina, A. Bolotin

Richard Strauss, “Morgen” (Tomorrow) [poems by John Henry Mackay]
A. Rodina, A. Bolotin, Raisa Rodina

Richard Strauss, “Zueignung” (Dedication) [poems by Hermann von Gilm]
A. Rodina, A. Bolotin

Francis Poulenc “Les chemins de l’amour” (The paths of love) [poems by Jean Anouilh]

About the Concert

Alla, a noted musician and opera singer with 25 years of concert and performance experience, and her daughter, Raisa, an immensely talented sixth-grade violin student, fled the War in Ukraine and came to New York City in October 2022. Rodina’s husband, Alexander Rodin, a well-known composer and musician in Ukrainian and European concert halls, works in the genre of academic music. Rodin is visiting America for a few days before returning home at the end of March. Alla Rodina and Rodin and their daughter have decided to both celebrate and share their brief reunion with the wider NYC Arts Community via this concert! Please join us!

Meet the Performers

Alla Rodina has brown hair and a natural makeup look. Her chin rests on her hands, her wedding ring prominent. She wears a form-filling white button-down.Alla Rodina (soprano) was born in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2001, she graduated from A.V. Nezhdanova Odessa National Academy of Music in the class of opera singing (professor O. Stakhovskaya) and chamber singing (professor T. Knyshova). She is a laureate of the 4th International Solomiya Krushelnytska Opera Singers Competition (Lviv, Ukraine, 2009) and others. Rodina has performed as a soloist with the Odessa Philharmonic (2002-2003) and with the National Opera of Ukraine, where made her debut with the opera “La Traviata” (2005-2018). She has also been a guest soloist of the Kazan Opera since 2019 and an invited soloist of the Lviv National Opera (2007-2012). Her favorite roles in operas include Violetta, Abigail, and Aida (Verdi “La Traviata”, “Nabucco”, “Aida”), Lucia (Donizetti “Lucia di Lammermoor”), Marfa (Rymskyi-Korsakov “The Tsar’s Bride”), Michaela (Bizet “Carmen”), Liu, Mimi (Puccini “Turandot”, “Bohème”), and Elsa (Wagner “Lohengrin”).

Rodina has worked with conductors Marco Boemi, Vladimir Spivakov, Roman Kofman, and Oksana Lyniv and has participated in many international music festivals, including Solomiya Krushelnytska (Lviv), Sacred Music in France (Marseille, La Chaise-Dieu), named after F. Chaliapin (Russia, Kazan), and Theater and Music Festival (Vilts, Luxembourg). She has performed concerts and opera tours in Germany, France, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Russia, Japan, and Estonia, and she has been awarded with an honorary certificate of the mayor of the city of Odessa for significant contribution to art and a diploma from the international academy “Golden Fortune” and a medal “The National Opera of Ukraine – 150 years” (2017). Since 2018, Rodina has been working as a vocal teacher at KLSML (Kyiv Lysenko State Music Lyceum). Among the students are laureates of International and all-Ukrainian competitions. She has been a jury member of the X International Academic Vocal Competition “Premier” (2021) and the International Music Festival-Competition “ART&MORE” (2020, 2021).

Raisa Rodina, a 6th grader, stands with her back to a piano, grasping the neck of her violin.Raisa Rodina (violin) was born in 2010 in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2016 she began to study the violin. From 2016-2022, she studied at Kyiv Lysenko State Music Lyceum (Specialized Music School). She is a laureate of Ukrainian Music Competitions in violin and chamber ensemble. Since 2023, Raisa has been a student of Special Music School in Kaufman Music Center–New York, in the violin class of Professor Viktor Basis.

Alexander Rodin, lit darkly and facing sideways, is a bald, bearded man with furrowed eyebrows. His hand with his wedding ring strokes his beard.Alexander Rodin (composer) was born in 1975 in Gomel, Belarus, at the age of 6 years, moved to Chernihiv, Ukraine. In 1994 graduated from Chernihiv Musical College. In 2001 graduated from Odessa National Conservatory. Since 2005, he has been a member of the National Association of Composers of Ukraine. In the concert season 2020/2021, he was a composer-resident of the National Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra. Among the composer’s work are creations of different genres of academic music.   Work of his most ambitious productions: “Requiem” – for a symphony orchestra, choir, and soloists. “Stabat Mater” – for soprano, mezzo-soprano, and string orchestra. Based on Baudelaire’s poems, the cantata “Love Death” – is for soprano and symphony orchestra. Ballets “Seasons of the year”, “Aladdin”, “Up the river”, and “Viy”. Opera “Katerina”.

Aleksandr Bolotin is a young, sandy-haired man with glasses wearing a black button down. He adjusts his cuff and looks to the side, smiling.Aleksandr Bolotin (piano) was born in 2000 in St Petersburg, Russia. In 2008 he began to study the piano. Graduated from the Middle Special School of Music of the St Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire, he became a student of this Conservatoire in 2018 in the class of professor Alexander Sandler. Since 2021 Aleksandr Bolotin has been a student of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, USA, in the class of Arkady Aronov/Efrem Briskin Aleksandr has given concerts in the best halls of St. Petersburg and Moscow in a number of European countries, Israel, Japan, and the USA.

He took part in more than ten international music festivals, including Mariinsky International Piano Festival (Russia), Chopin’s Festival in Nohant (France), Summit Music Festival (USA), The International Tallinn Piano Festival (Estonia), International Academy of Music (Italy). Performed with orchestras, such as St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra, Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, North Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Thessaloniki State Orchestra, etc.

Yuliya Basis smiling in black and white. She has chin-length hair that flips outward at the ends.Yuliya Basis (presenter) is a sought-after collaborative pianist and educator from Orel, Russia. Yuliya serves on the piano faculty of the United Nations International School and the British International School of New York. She has worked as an accompanist at Kaufman Music Center for over 20 years and appeared in recitals at numerous New York City venues, as well as abroad. An avid chamber musician, Yuliya formed a duet with her husband and fellow Tchaikovsky Conservatory graduate,  Andrii Didorenko, in 2002. Since then, they have performed in the US, Taiwan, Ukraine, and Russia, and released two albums, Go 4 Sonatas (2008) and Intervals (2013), featuring Andrii’s classical works. They have also toured with Andrii’s contemporary rock fusion ensemble, Lost World Band, which has released several critically acclaimed albums. Since February 24, 2022, the duo participated in many fundraising events to aid Ukraine.

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