The 53rd Annual Petroushka Ball took place on February 9th 2018 at the legendary Plaza Hotel and featured an exclusive performance by Ildar Abdrazakov, bass and Lyubov Petrova, soprano, who appeared by kind permission of the Metropolitan Opera.
ANASTASIA The Musical on Broadway featured Stephanie Rothenberg.
Over 700 guests attended the Ball this year.
One of the Petroushka Ball unique features is two distinguished orchestras – The Lester Lanin Orchestra in the Grand Ballroom coupled with the Barynya Balalaika Orchestra in the Terrace Room playing a boisterous set of popular Russian gypsy music, Cossack songs, and lively balalaika arrangements to the early hours of the morning.
All net proceeds from the Petroushka Ball go directly towards the Russian Children’s Welfare Society (RCWS) charitable programs. Among them are educational scholarships for orphans (currently 157 students), medical treatment for children with severe facial deformities (annually over 200 little patients receive surgeries), assistance to orphanages, rehabilitation programs for children with special needs, a “Yelka” (New Year and Christmas tree) party in Moscow for over 1,000 disadvantaged children visiting from many areas of Russia; and other vital programs.