The Feast of Music 2017 Silent Auction will include around 20 noteworthy, specially secured items! A sampling of some of these exceptional prizes can be found below.

Viking Cruises | Month of Dates | Taste of the Caucasus | Palekh Box

Viking Cruises

Explore the real Russia

See the swirling onion domes and stout towers of Moscow’s Red Square. Share stories at the kitchen table of an Uglich family. Savor Russian caviar with your blini pancakes. Soak up the steam in a traditional banya in riverside Mandrogy village. Envision Peter the Great luxuriating in massive Peterhof Palace, then see how multiple families shared living space at a Soviet-era kommunalka.

A Viking River Cruises journey provides the perfect way to experience Russia’s countryside, culture and two great cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Moscow boasts some 2,500 historical and architectural monuments, 70 museums, 50 theaters, 4,500 libraries and 540 colleges and research institutions. There is so much to see and experience there. St. Petersburg provides graceful pleasures with its romantic canals, baroque palaces and lovely avenues and squares designed along European lines. You will want to visit the Hermitage, both the historic Winter Palace and a world-class art museum with an extensive collection of works ranging from da Vinci and Michelangelo to Cézanne and Picasso; you will gaze in wonder upon the Peter and Paul Fortress with its baroque cathedral inside; and you will enjoy strolling and shopping along Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main promenade, with its lively culture of street artists and performers. From Moscow to St. Petersburg, this two-weeklong voyage immerses you in real Russian culture.

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A Month of Date Nights in Boston

Here's a novel idea for weekend fun: a month of dates, already planned and set to go! All you have to do is pick the days that work for you (and your hot date!).

This jazzy package includes dinner at high-end, local restaurants like Brasserie Jo and Blu. After dinner, head over to Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, or Huntington Theatre Company for some stellar performances. Not to mention the chance to see the 20th Anniversary Broadway Tour of RENT at Shubert Theater or the Celebrity Series showcase of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! At the end of a night of entertainment, kick back with an overnight stay at hotels including Loews Back Bay Boston, The Colonnade, Boston Park Plaza and the lovely Fairmont Copley Plaza.

The winner of this auction package can combine these dinners, shows, and hotel stays in any way you choose-- for four memorable date nights!

Taste of the Caucasus

The Caucasus is a region that lies between the Black Sea in the west and the Caspian Sea in the east. It boasts snowy mountain ranges and evidently, absolutely delicious wine! We present to you a “Taste of the Caucasus,”  a sampler box of famed Abrau-Durso wines from the shores of beautiful Lake Abrau in the Greater Caucasus Mountains. For almost 150 years, Abrau-Durso Winery has been producing sparkling wine of the highest caliber, using the French methode champenoise. Their wines have been appreciated by royalty and at celebrations by each level of society as a symbol of joy and pleasure. They have assembled for your delight a collection of renowned wines – from the deep berry flavors of our Syrah, the refined elegance of Cabernet Sauvignon, to the golden effervescence of the region's famed sparkling wine.  We hope that you will savor each bottle with our warmest regards.

To learn more about the Abrau Durso Winery, please visit abraudurso.ru  Every year, more than 120,000 tourists visit Abrau Durso to enjoy nature, learn about our wine production methods, taste samples of our finest wines, enjoy fine cuisine, and simply to relax in the unforgettable Caucasus Mountains.

"We hope to welcome you in person one day at our winery, but in the meanwhile, please enjoy these fine examples of our wines."

Abrau Durso Winery Landscape

Handmade Russian Palekh Box

Палехская миниатюра, or Palekh, is a type of Russian lacquer art which features a beautifully-detailed miniature painting on a varnished object. Palekh art on papier-mâché first appeared in 1923 in the village of Palekh, located in the Palekhsky District, and is based on a local history of icon painting. Palekh miniatures usually show characters from real life, literature, fairy tales, bylinas, and songs, and artists use gold and bright paints on an inky black background.
The beautiful box offered in our silent auction was carefully transported from Russia by our Feast of Music committee co-chair Margarita Rudyak.

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MUSIC IS THE SILENCE BETWEEN THE NOTES. CLAUDE DEBUSSY