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Sierra Nevada Balalaika Orchestra celebrates 20 years with world renowned musicians

By ThisIsReno

Popular Russian and Eastern European folk music group, the Sierra Nevada Balalaika Orchestra, will celebrate its 20th year of bringing music and culture to Reno with a special performance featuring world renowned musicians from Moscow, Russia, Alexander Tsygankov and Inna Shevtchenko. The October Jubilee show will take place at 7pm on Saturday, October 6th at the Reno High School Theater (395 Booth Street).

Virtuoso domra player dubbed “The Master of all Domra Masters,” Alexander Tsygankov, and his wife, renowned pianist Inna Shevtchenko, are both graduates of the Russian Academy of Music and have toured the world, gaining acclaim and popularity for their unique, entertaining and unforgettable music. The pair will perform solo and in conjunction with the Sierra Nevada Balalaika Orchestra and other special guests including well-known Nevada Opera Tenor, Steven Murdoch, among other talented performers from around the region.

The show will feature a mélange of classical tunes from instruments like the balalaika, domra and bayan ranging from lively to melancholy in feel, and performers will be decked out in colorful, traditional costumes treating the audience to the unique sights and sounds of Russia and Eastern Europe.

“We are honored to have been able to share our love of Russian and Eastern European music and culture with the Reno community for 20 years,” said Dr. Zeny Ocean, founder of the Sierra Nevada Balalaika Society. “This concert is a big celebration for us and it promises to please.”

Tickets are $20 and are available for advance purchase from Maytan Music Center, Sundance Bookstore and the Sierra Nevada Balalaika Society. For more information about the October Jubilee and/or the Sierra Nevada Balalaika Society please call Zeny Ocean at 775-746-1809 or 775-329-1333 or visit www.sierrabalalaika.org.


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