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Saturday January 21, 2017
A Wintry Collage of Music for the Season
2017 winter concert, the American Balalaika Symphony has chosen a theme that
could hardly be more appropriate for the season: SNOW! Drawn almost entirely from Russian composers
of both concert and popular music, the program depicts snow and
snowfalls in all their many “shades” and aspects, from swirling wind-driven
snowflakes, to dashing through the wintry countryside behind a three-horse troika, to the peaceful repose of
moonlit fields and forests after a fresh snowfall. Are there really “50 shades
of snow”? Well, perhaps, but as celebrated film critic Roger Ebert once wrote,
“The very fact of snow is such an amazement.”
Combining the rich traditions of the Russian Music School with the best of European and American music, founder, artistic director, and conductor Peter Trofimenko has created a unique American orchestra.
Each concert season the American Balalaika Symphony performs a stunning range of music — from beloved Russian folk melodies to classical favorites to rarely heard symphonic masterpieces, often with prominent virtuoso soloists from around the world.