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Russia Distilled: Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini (SOLD OUT)



Friday, February 22, 2019
Doors open at 6:45 pm
Lecture and Vodka-tasting from 7:00-9:00 PM
ArtSpace, 51 South Spring Street, Elgin

Irina Del Genio and John Schwartz, speakers

Advance Ticket $12
*Phone and Online Sales end at 4 PM on 2/22/19
At Door Ticket $15
*Walk-up sales begin at 6:45 PM.  Cash only at door.
**This event is for ages 21+

The dynamic duo of Irina Del Genio and John Schwartz will explore Russian culture at the time Tchaikovsky composed Francesca da Rimini, a wildly romantic tone poem about two lovers doomed to Dante’s Inferno. The ESO will be performing the piece March 2 & 3 on a vibrant and eclectic concert program that includes Villa-Lobos’ Guitar Concerto and Corigliano’s Troubadours, featuring Jason Vieaux, guitar; and Czech composer Smetana’s The Moldau. The event also includes a Russian vodka tasting, tea from Russian Tea Time provided by Clare M. Ollayos, DC, and zakuski, or snacks, prepared by Elgin Community College’s Chef Douglas Yeomans, who will also talk about Russian cuisine and food sustainability. Presented by the Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Gail Borden Public Library.  Tea sponsored by Clare M. Ollayos, DC-Chiropractic Physician. Profits benefit ESO Ainsworth Concerts for Youth.


Russian Dark Bread and Butter
Beet Vinegret Salad
Vodka Dill House Cured Salmon on Potato Buckwheat Blini’s with House-made Crème Fraiche, Capers and Quick Pickled Cucumber Onion Salad*
Fried Moldavian Flatbread with Farmers Cheese and Black Currant Jam*
Smoked Paprikash Braised Beef Shank Crostini with Celery Root Purée, Whipped Horseradish Spiked Crème and Crispy Fried Shallots*

* Tarragon Catering, Chef Douglas Yeomans

Vodka samples:

Odessa Vodka, Odessa, Ukraine
Kremlyovskaya Vodka, lemon-flavor infused vodka, Russia
Russian Value Vodka, Kazan, Russia
Putinka Vodka, Moscow, Russia
Tarkhuna Vodka, Georgian Republic
Russian Standart, St. Petersburg

Russian Tea sponsored by Clare M. Ollayos, DC- Chiropractic Physician

Flavored water