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The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra (The Kennedy Center)

The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra

The Washington Balalaika Society is a community-based organization dedicated to studying, preserving, and performing the rich musical heritage of Russia and Eastern Europe on authentic and traditional folk instruments.  It is organized for educational and performance purposes to promote the balalaika and domra and the Balalaika Orchestra as a musical art form.  The Society’s purpose is to educate both its members and the general public in the appreciation of Slavic instrumental music and dance.  Central to its mission, the Society strives to replicate the folk orchestra typically found in major cities and towns of Russia.  Our goal is to educate and entertain audiences by introducing them to our musical genre and expanding the musical diversity of the area.

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Opera Insight: <i>Show Boat</i> 5/4/13: Opera Insight: Show Boat

Enjoy an hour-long preview of musical highlights from Washington National Opera’s new production.

Opera Insight: Show Boat

Enjoy an hour-long preview of musical highlights from Washington National Opera’s new production.
The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra 12/13/08: The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra

Playing traditional Russian folk instruments, including the balalaika, dorma, and bayan, this orchestra plays the music of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe.

The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra

Playing traditional Russian folk instruments, including the balalaika, dorma, and bayan, this orchestra plays the music of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe.
The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra 2/11/06: The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra

Founded in 1988 by a group of Washington-area musicians interested in studying and performing the music of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, this orchestra performs on traditional Russian folk instruments—the balalaika, domra, bayan, and related folk wind and percussion instruments.

The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra

Founded in 1988 by a group of Washington-area musicians interested in studying and performing the music of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe, this orchestra performs on traditional Russian folk instruments—the balalaika, domra, bayan, and related folk wind and percussion instruments.

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