The Benicia Historical Museum is proud to announce a concert featuring world celebrated singer Nikolai Massenkoff, founder and star of the colorful, universally acclaimed “Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival”.  The concert takes place on Saturday, September 7 at 8 PM in the Museum’s Charles P. Stone Hall.

Accompanied by a trio of musicians playing traditional Russian instruments, Nikolai will be giving voice to lively interpretations of popular Russian folk songs mixed with classical and contemporary selections, including an aria from the modern opera Juno and Avos (Юнона и Авось) by Alexey Rybnikov and Andrei Voznesensky, based on the Nikolai Rezanov and Concepción Argüello love story – California’s own “Romeo and Juliet”.

Nikolai has appeared in venues across 40 states and 12 countries, and was featured at the Olympic ceremonies in Seoul, Korea; with Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall; and has appeared onstage with such diverse performers as Bob Hope, Julio Iglesias, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Brooke Shields, and Liberace.

Seating is limited for this wonderful evening program so do book early; tickets are $25 and available at the Benicia Museum Gift Shop at 2060 Camel Road, Wednesday through Sunday, 1 PM  – 4 PM; the Museum Offices, Tuesday through Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM; online at BrownPaperTickets.com, and at Bookshop Benicia. Concert starts at 8 PM; open seating at 7 PM; no host bar; free entry to Museum exhibits at intermission.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Nikolai Massenkoff, of White Russian parentage, lost his mother and father in China and as an infant was placed in St. Tikhon’s Russian orphanage there. A child prodigy, he was chanting and singing at the age of three, both in China and later in San Francisco, where he arrived after staying two years on the Philippine Islands with other White Russian immigrants. He received his BA from San Francisco State University, where he studied drama and voice. Following his education, Nikolai competed in Moscow’s International Tchaikovsky Competition, where his performance resulted in an invitation to study with the Italian opera and Hollywood movie star, Tito Gobbi, in Florence Italy.  He founded the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival as an authentic, cultural presentation of Russian songs, balalaika music and Russian folk ballet all represented in authentic Russian style, language, and costumes.

Nikolai has appeared in venues across 40 states and 12 countries, and was featured at the Olympic ceremonies in Seoul, Korea; with Tony Bennett at Carnegie Hall; and has appeared onstage with such diverse performers as Bob Hope, Julio Iglesias, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Brooke Shields, and Liberace.

The Benicia Historical Museum presents

Nikolai Massenkoff in Concert

at the Benicia Historical Museum at the Camel Barns
Charles P. Stone Hall

Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Doors open at 7:00 PM
No-host Bar
Tickets $25

Tickets on sale at:
Benicia Historical Museum Gift Shop and Office
2060 Camel Rd.
Benicia, CA 94510
707-745-5735
info@beniciahistoricalmuseum.org

Bookshop Benicia
636 First Street
Benicia, CA 94510
707-747-5155

and online at BrownPaperTickets.com