On Saturday November 16, the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership (BRCP) hosted their inaugural Salomé Ball at the Algonquin Club of Boston to further their mission of fostering cultural understanding and exchange between the U.S. and post-Soviet countries.
The intimate and elegant costume black tie soiree included a cocktail hour with tasty hors d’oeuvres and live musical performances by Brooklyn-based jazz band The Red Hook Ramblers.
BRCP Executive Director Anna Winestein greeted the intimate crowd of 50 and introduced the sublime performance of Strauss & Rachmaninov songs by classical concert singer John Spaulding King and pianist William Merrill.
After guests were seated for their three-course dinner, BRCP Chairman Peter Rand introduced the evening’s guest of honor, Suzanne Massie. Suzanne, the daughter of a Swiss diplomat, remarked on her key role as Russian cultural advisor to the Ronald Reagan in the final years of the Cold War and plugged her new book, Trust but Verify: Reagan, Russia, and me. Also in attendance was former State Department diplomat to Russia, James Kenney, a current member of the BRCP Board.
The evening was truly a celebration of Russian arts and culture; following the dinner dancer Adrina DeVitre performed the premiere of choreographer Rebecca Rice’s Veils and Tears, followed by King and Merrill’s musical performance of Ravel and Mussorgsky songs. Guests then made the dance floor their own and enjoyed a second dessert prior to departing for the evening.
For philanthropists and patrons who enjoy the arts and an intimate evening affair, the Salomé Ball is one event to add to your social calendar. After all, who wouldn’t want to enjoy classical music and live dance performances under one roof when the proceeds fund such a great cultural charity organization?
Photos by Kalman Zabarsky