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Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra offers free concert

Featuring soprano Betty Jo Fite Hays, R-MWC Class of 1959

11/11/2003 10:41:13 AM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra will be performing at 3:00 PM, Saturday, November 15th in Smith Hall Theatre on the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Founded in 1988, the group has more than fifty members and is the largest orchestra of its kind in the United States. Its members specialize in the study and performance of the balalaika, domra, bayan, and other related folk,wind, and percussion instruments. The concert, featuring the music of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, is free and open to the public.

The performance will also feature Svetlana Nikonova, visiting conductor for the 2003 concert season. Nikonova is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia and has previous experience working with the Andrevev Balalaika Orchestra.

In addition to its annual spring and fall concerts, the Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra also appears regularly at festivals, public and private venues. Previous performance venues include the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lisner Auditorium, the Embassy of the Russian Federation, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and many other venues in the greater Washington area.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations