In 1996 the Russian Arts Foundation designed Magic of Music to bring the joys of hearing live classical music and creative self-expression to children living under difficult, challenging circumstances. Working with administrators and care-providers, the RAF made a commitment to help the children in Moscow’s orphanages and special facilities for the mentally and physically disabled. In the two decades since, the program has expanded to the U.S. with Russian National Orchestra musicians performing for children while on tour.
The RNO has a passion for reaching the hearts of children living under difficult circumstances and bringing greater joy to their souls, enriching their spirits through music and creative self-expression.
The Russian Arts Foundation has organized programs across the United States aimed at bringing children closer to the joys of classical music.
Please join our donors to keep the Magic of Music alive in the hearts of children living under difficult circumstances and bring greater joy to their souls by enriching their spirits through music and creative self-expression.
In October, the RNO will give two free Magic of Music concerts in Moscow and Troitsk, featuring young musicians from the Gnesin Institute.
In August, flutists Maxim Rubtsov and Diane Boyd Schultz collaborated on a performance for the National Flute Association's Annual (NFA) Convention in Minneapolis. It included selections from Hermitage Cats Save the Day with the participation of eight young flutists.
On November 6, 2016, in its Orchestrion Concert Hall, the RNO presented a goodwill concert for students in children’s homes and special music schools, performing Andrei Rubtsov’s work, Alena’s Flower (Аленький цветочек).
On April 23, 2016, an enchanting performance awaited young listeners at the Herzen House Museum in Moscow. The concert was prepared by the RNO Wind Quintet and its leader, Maxim Rubtsov.