996 Spring 2019 Russkie Musikanti Russian Music Performance
Thursday, 11:50–1:20, May 9
Church of the Good Shepherd
Performers: Russkie Musikanti ensemble
The Russkie Musikanti is an ensemble under the Washington Balalaika Society, the largest Russian folk orchestra in the United States. Wearing traditional Russian costumes and performing on authentic folk instruments, the ensemble will delight you with a sampling of Russian and Eastern European music, including some that was especially composed for these folk instruments. The ensemble consists of balalaikas, domras, accordion, a variety of percussion instruments, and features two vocalists. More information about the Russkie Musikanti and the Washington Balalaika Society can be found at www.balalaika.org.
Cindy Stroup, prima domra, organizes concerts and music. She also plays mandolin in the Takoma Mandoleers. Penny Weissman, prima and alto domra, also plays classical guitar. She is the ensemble leader and responsible for arrangements and artistic direction. Lisa Bell, tenor domra, has played violin and mandolin in various groups. Living in Croatia for six years led to her interest in Slavic music. Peter DiGiovanni, accordion, plays piano, arranges music, is an award winning composer and president of Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society. Kathy Hulan, prima domra, is CFO of the Washington Balalaika Society. She also plays sekunda balalaika and is a member of the Beltway Balalaikas. Dick Hulan, kontrabass balalaika, also plays a number of other folk instruments and is a member of the Beltway Balalaikas. Jane Purcell, sekunda balalaika, also plays piano and has performed in several choral and dance groups. Janet Bohm, prima balalaika, is president of the Washington Balalaika Society. She is a member of the Beltway Balalaikas and the Reston Chorale. Jim Pope, alto balalaika and vocals, also plays prima balalaika, piano, and has performed in choral groups at the Kennedy Center and across Europe. Katia Bogdanov, vocals, has a master’s in choral conducting and voice. She has been singing solo with groups her whole life.