Atlanta Balalaika Society Concert
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Bailey Performance Center
$12 - $15
The Year of Russia's closing event is a concert featuring authentic Russian folk music performed by the Atlanta Balalaika Society. Formed in 1981 by a group Balalaika aficianados, the Atlanta Balalaika Society is one of the most highly-regarded orchestras of Russian folk instruments outside of Russia, and is the primary promoter of Russian folk culture in the Southeast.
It's original ensemble was led by Charley Rappaport, a professional musician who grew up in New York City’s environment of Eastern European folk culture, and co-founded several Russian folk music groups, as well as the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.
The make-up of today’s Atlanta Balalaika Society reflects the cultural richness of Atlanta’s vibrant international community. In addition to American-born musicians, the orchestra includes members born in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Latvia and Sweden. The orchestra’s large audience also reflects Atlanta’s international character, with many languages being overheard during their concert intermissions!