Thanks to Liz Nunan, president of the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra, for passing this along:
The Atlanta Balalaika Society will present a concert of Russian and Gypsy folk music, song and dance on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 7:30pm at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell.
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (404) 292-7176, with a credit card at www.atlantabalalaika.com, or in the lobby with check or cash one hour prior to the performance. Adult tickets are $20, students and seniors $18, and children 12 years and under are $7.
The concert will feature the dance duo of Valentina Kvasova and Boulat Moukhametov, and vocalist Irina Zagornova, all of whom perform with the Barynya Russian dance and music ensemble. The Atlanta Balalaika Society will perform with domra virtuoso Angelina Galashenkova-Reed, bayan soloist Alla Melnik, oboist Arlene Lathrop, John Huston on guitar, and balalaika soloist, David C. Cooper.
The Atlanta Balalaika Society, now in its 32nd year, is one of the largest orchestras of Russian folk instruments outside of Russia, and is the primary promoter of Russian folk culture in the Southeast. Colorfully dressed in traditional folk costumes, the orchestra performs on balalaikas, domras, and bayans (Russian button accordions), along with other ancient wind and percussion instruments.
Soloist informationIrina Zagornova studied folk singing at the Mussorgsky College of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has performed throughout the world. She is based in Brooklyn, N.Y. where she teaches voice and piano, in addition to performing with the Barynya Russian folk dance and music ensemble.Valentina Kvasova is a professional dancer specializing in Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, and Gypsy/Roma traditional dances. Trained in Russia, she danced as a soloist for the Rostov Don Cossacks State Ensemble in many countries. She has danced with Barynya based in New York City since 2005.
Boulat Moukhametov was born in a tiny village in the Ural Mountains of Russia. He studied at the Rudolph Nureyev Ballet Academy in Russia. He danced as a soloist for the Russian Baltic Navy Forces and after leaving the Navy, he danced on major cruise ships for several years. In 2009 he joined Barynya as a principal dancer.