Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) will host the third annual “Russian Nights: A Black Tie Affair” on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018 at the home of Carolyn and Craig Watson in South Pasadena, an intimate location that is wonderful for presenting chamber music. Proceeds from the event will benefit PCDA, which provides therapies and services for children, teens and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families.

The evening features a chamber music trio of Los Angeles-based virtuosi, including cellist and master teacher Ruslan Biryukov, founder of the Los Angeles Cello Quartet and the Glendale Philharmonic Orchestra; violinist Roberto Cani, Concertmaster of the Los Angeles Opera and faculty at Santa Monica Conservatory of Music; and pianist Armen Guzelimian, celebrated as a top-notch collaborative artist and first-rate chamber musician. Trio organizer Ruslan is a lively and engaging performer who brings his sparkling personality to his interactions with the audience and to his expert playing. This is a truly exclusive opportunity to hear some of our city’s best musicians up close and personal.

A limited seating of 60 guests will ensure an intimate listening experience for all who attend. Guests will also enjoy a gourmet dinner catered by Chef Claud Beltran of Bacchus’ Kitchen, including caviar and other delicacies. The performing musicians are also scheduled to join guests for dinner, allowing for a truly special interaction between performers and audience members.

Michael Bernard, chair of the event, is a professional oboist and a Partner with Bernard & Johnson Family Wealth Management. He is delighted with how this year’s Russian Nights evening is shaping up. “To call Russian Nights a ‘performance’ really doesn’t do it justice because the musicians are so interactive with the small group in attendance, and the Watson’s gallery space is particularly well-suited for chamber music. When paired with Chef Claud’s outstanding fare, it is really a special evening.”

Celebrating its 20th year of service in the community, PCDA improves the quality of life for children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families in greater Pasadena, Los Angeles, and the San Gabriel Valley by providing therapies and services grounded in the DIR philosophy. Using this play-based therapeutic approach, PCDA clinicians help over 1,000 children, teens and young adults annually to reach developmental milestones, live more fulfilling lives, and enjoy warm and loving relationships.

For more information about the Russian Nights event, please contact Franci Levine-Grater at (626) 793-7350, ext. 289 or email development@pcdateam.org. For online event registration or to learn more about PCDA, go to www.pcdateam.org/russiannights.

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