This gala will be the capstone of American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation’s 10 year effort to place bronze likeness of the two poets (Alexander Pushkin and Walt Whitman) in Washington and Moscow respectively. The event will feature a distinguished speaker on U.S. – Russia relations, a poetry reading by students of Walt Whitman School, a performance by the celebrated soprano Carmen Balthrop and the bestowing of our Foundation’s award upon Russia’s most prominent contemporary poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko. Mr. Yevtushenko, a gifted performer, currently a professor of the University of Tulsa, will read a few of his poems in English.
For more information on the event or sponsorship opportunities and to purchase tickets, please contact Ellen Blankenstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-741-1279.
Date: October 20, 2009
Location: Embassy of the Russian Federation
Attire: Black Tie
Individual Tickets: $210