The 2023 Cherry Orchard Festival will run from June – July 2023 across the nation, featuring the United States tours of solo pianist Polina Osetinskaya performing some of the most enduring musical masterpieces in history, a solo performance "I AM HERE" starring renowned theater actor Anatoly Beliy, and an NYC screening of "Mama, I'm Home" featuring a Q&A session with producer Alexander Rodnyansky. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://cherryorchardfestival.org/. "The Festival is incredibly excited to announce its upcoming season as a lot has changed since the last festival in 2020. The pandemic, the rapidly changing landscape of performing arts, and the ongoing war in Ukraine have emboldened The Festival to discover new ways to engage while remaining faithful to its original mission to present acclaimed international performers to US audiences. The 2023 season will feature three different perspectives from Russian-speaking performers who are openly speaking out against the war in Ukraine through their respective genres: film, theater, and music," said Maria Shclover, Producer, Cherry Orchard Festival. "As always, the Festival aims to maximize connection through intimate Q&A conversations with artists, bringing audiences closer to the creative process and facilitating conversations. We will continue to offer discounts for groups and for students, enabling access for more arts lovers than ever before," said Irina Shabshis, Artistic Director, Cherry Orchard Festival. POLINA OSETINSKAYA, PIANO: BAROQUE MASTERPIECES FROM EPIC FILMS June 2023 Baroque Masterpieces from Epic Films Polina Osetinskaya makes a triumphant solo return to the United States, after a critically acclaimed appearance at Carnegie Hall with Maxim Vengerov in October 2022. For this upcoming intimate solo recital, Osetinskaya turns to a program of some of the most enduring musical masterpieces in history. With her signature virtuosity, Osetinskaya brings to life seminal works by Bach, Handel and Rameau, from epic films by Coppola, Kubrick, Tarkovsky and other luminary directors. The dramatic qualities of the music, which had once enhanced the pivotal moments in these great films, are now distilled by Osetinskaya into a thoughtful and engaging live program. PROGRAM JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685 -1750) "The Talented Mr. Ripley", 1999; dir. Anthony Minghella Italian Concerto in F Major Allegro Andante Presto "Solaris", 1972; dir. Andrey Tarkovsky Chorale prelude BWV 639 "Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" ("I cry to you, Lord Jesus Christ") "Fingers", 1978; dir. James Toback Toccata in E minor Toccata Adagio Fuga "Breaking the Waves", 1996; dir. Lars von Trier Sonata No. 2 in E-flat minor for flute and harpsichord, BWV 1031 II: Siciliano "The Godfather", 1972; dir. Francis Ford Coppola Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV 582 GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL (1685 -1759) "Barry Lyndon", 1975; dir. Stanley Kubrick Suite No. 4 in D minor III: Sarabande "Autumn Sonata", 1978; dir. Ingmar Bergman Chaconne with variations in G Major HENRY PURCELL (1659 -1695) "The Draftsman's Contract", 1982; dir. Peter Greenaway Ground in C minor JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683 -1764) "4 days in France", 2016; dir. Jerome Raybaud From "Pièces de Clavecin" in E minor Le rappel des oiseaux (The calling of birds) Tambourin (Tambourine) "The Maid", 2016; dir. Pan Chang Uk From "Pièces de Clavecin" in E minor La Villageoise (The Villager) "Casanova", 2015; dir. Jean-Pierrel Jeneut From "Pièces de Clavecin" in D Major Les tendres plaintes (Tender complaints) Les Niais de Sologne (The Fools of Solon) Les Soupirs (Sighs) La Joyeuse (The Joyful) L'entretien des Muses (Conversation of the Muses) Les Cyclopes (Cyclops) SCHEDULE Saturday, June 03, 2023 | 8:00 PM TORONTO, ON Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music | 273 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1V6 Sunday, June 04, 2023 | 8:00 PM BOSTON, MA Berklee Performance Center | 136 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115 Tuesday, June 06, 2023 | 8:00 PM SAN FRANCISCO, CA Herbst Theater | 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 Saturday, June 10, 2023 | 8:00 PM NEW YORK, NY Kaufman Concert Hall at the 92Y | 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10128 For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://cherryorchardfestival.org/2023_polina-osetinskaya-piano. I AM HERE – US TOUR June - July 2023 Starring Anatoly Beliy Following a sold-out run in Israel, famed theatre actor Anatoly Beliy brings a highly anticipated US premiere of I AM HERE, a dramatic performance, staged by director Egor Trukhin. Beliy's "everyman" character goes on a dramatic emotional exploration of one's identity, a conversation with the audience about our innermost feelings, sometimes funny and sad, or tragic and comical, but always sincere. Written after the start of Russia's war in Ukraine, "I AM HERE" is a dramatic tapestry of works by contemporary poets: Alya Haitlina, Zhenya Berkovich, Lena Berson, Michael Eisenberg, Roman Osminkin, Konstantin Buzin, M.K. translated by Anna Krushelnitskaya. Beliy is formerly one of Russia's most lauded dramatic actors of his generation, with several critically acclaimed theatrical appearances as a leading actor of the Moscow Art Theatre, as well as over 50 film roles. Lauded for his anti-war position, Anatoly Beliy left Russia for Israel after the start of the Russia's war in Ukraine on February 24, 2022. He is currently an actor with Israel's Gesher Theater. Egor Trukhin is a young director, graduate of the Moscow Theatre College under the guidance of Oleg Tabakov, and of the famed The Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS) as a student of Sergey Zhenovach, Artistic Director of Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre. Trukhin declared his anti-war position after February 24, 2022, and left Russia for Israel, where he is currently working with Gesher Theater. This play is performed in Russian. SCHEDULE Friday, June 16, 2023 | 8:00 PM PHILADELPHIA, PA The Theater at KleinLife Northeast Philadelphia | 10100 Jamison Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19116 Saturday, June 17, 2023 | 8:00 PM BOSTON, MA The Cutler Majestic Theatre | 219 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116 Thursday, June 22, 2023 | 8:00 PM TORONTO, ON John Basset Theatre | 255 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2W6 Friday, June 23, 2023 | 8:00 PM CHICAGO, IL North Shore Center for the Performing Arts | 9501 Skokie Blvd, Skokie, IL 60077 Saturday, June 24, 2023 | 8:00 PM NEW YORK, NY The Town Hall | 123 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 Sunday, June 25, 2023 | 8:00 PM WASHINGTON, DC Lisner Auditorium | 730 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052 Thursday, June 29, 2023 | 8:00 PM SEATTLE, WA Edmonds Center for the Arts | 410 4th Ave N, Edmonds, WA 98020 Friday, June 30, 2023 | 8:00 PM SAN FRANCISCO, CA Herbst Theater | 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102 Saturday, July 01, 2023 | 8:00 PM LOS ANGELES, CA Wilshire Ebell Theater | 4401 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90005 For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://cherryorchardfestival.org/2023_i-am-here. AN EVENING WITH ALEXANDER RODNYANSKY June 2023 Special screening of the film "Mama, I'm Home" and Q&A Alexander Rodnyansky is an Academy-Award winning film producer and an outspoken critic of the Putin regime. Rodnyansky unwavering voice resonates with millions of people across the world, helping galvanize the global cultural response to the war. During this special evening with New York audiences, Rodnyansky will answer questions, discuss his activist efforts and preview his latest film, "Mama I'm Home" which tells the story of a mother searching for her son, after being told he was killed as a mercenary soldier in Syria. Alexander Rodnyansky, the Academy-Award winning film producer, was born in Kyiv and began his career as a documentarian, before becoming the driving force behind some of the key films and filmmakers on the post-Soviet cinematic landscape. Rodnyansky's credits include East-West, Aleksandr Sokurov's The Sun, and Andrey Zvyagintsev's award winning films Elena, Leviathan, and Loveless. Rodnyansky spoke out vehemently against Russian aggression in Ukraine, becoming one of the first people to get branded with the infamous status of ""InoAgent."" Since the first day of the war, Rodnyansky has journaled his thoughts about the Russian regime to an online audience, while located in war-besieged Kyiv. Rodnyansky's unwavering voice resonates with millions of people across the world, helping galvanize the global cultural response to the war. SCHEDULE Sunday, June 18, 2023 | 7:00 PM NEW YORK, NY Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025 For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://cherryorchardfestival.org/2023_mama-im-home. ABOUT THE CHERRY ORCHARD FESTIVAL Since its founding, The Cherry Orchard Festival has presented renowned international works of performing and visual arts to US audiences. The Festival's goal is to increase access to the arts; as such, it is committed to offering flexible ticket prices, and planning at least one event every season that's free of charge. We are constantly searching for the newest, most daring projects, acclaimed in the international arts arena, to introduce to our audiences in New York and in major cities across North America.