American-Russian Cultural Foundation 2013 Annual Gala

Ambassador Sergey Kislyak with 2012 James W. Symington award recipient Jaim Coddington | Mary Bird

This year’s gala “Friends in Time of War” chaired by Susan Carmel Lehrman, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Russian Navy’s goodwill visits to New York and San Francisco, took place at the Embassy of the Russian Federation on Oct. 7. Ambassador Kislyak paid tribute to The Hon. James Symington by awarding him “The Order of Friendship” for supporting American-Russian relations. The evening was highlighted by the musical mastery of Igor Butman and Wynton Marsalis, “Russia’s and America’s finest cultural ambassadors,” who jammed to a rapt audience far past the normal Monday night Washington bedtime.

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