Anchorage, AK. Russian balalaika, garmoshka dance, song, music duo. Concerts in Anchorage, Alaska

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Russian balalaika, garmoshka music, song and dance duo performed two big concerts and made two short performances in Anchorage in February 2019. First concert was presented by Anchorage Lutheran Concert Series. One hour performance took place on Friday, February 22nd at the Anchorage Lutheran Church (1420 N St, Anchorage, AK 99501). Second performance took place at the William Gage Center located in downtown during "Bridges Builders" international festival. Third show was at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center during special ceremony of honoring winners of the "Silver Archer" awards in Alaska. And finally Mikhail Smirnov and Elina Karokhina provided 90 min concert at Dana and Don's house.

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Email: msmirnov@yahoo.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497.

Anchorage Lutheran Concert Series, Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Anchorage Lutheran Concert Series present Barynya Balalaika Duo Friday, February 22nd at 7pm Anchorage Lutheran Church 1420 N St, Anchorage, AK 99501. This nationally and internationally known Balalaika duo will be sure to provide an exciting evening of music. Mikhail Smirnov and Dr Elina Karokhinas program will include Russian traditional and popular music as well as Ukrainian, Gypsy, Jewish, classical, and other world-known popular music. Program of performance in PDF format

Russian Balalaika Duo, Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday February 22 2019, Anchorage Lutheran Concert Series, Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St, Anchorage, AK  99501
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Russian Balalaika Duo, Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday February 22 2019, Anchorage Lutheran Concert Series, Anchorage Lutheran Church, 1420 N St, Anchorage, AK  99501
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William Gage Center, Bridges Builders International Fest, Sat, February 23, 2019

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian Balalaika Duo, Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday February 23 2019, William Gage Center, Bridges Builders International Festival
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Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian Balalaika Duo, Anchorage, AK, Alaska, Saturday February 23 2019, William Gage Center, Bridges Builders International Festival Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian Balalaika Duo, Anchorage, AK, Alaska, Saturday February 23 2019, William Gage Center, Bridges Builders International Festival
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"Silver Archer" Award, , Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

Performance at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center during special ceremony of honoring winners of the "Silver Archer" awards in Alaska. Director of the Russian Cultural Center in Alaska Anna Vernaya put together the whole scenario of the ceremony, invited Mikhail Smirnov and Elina from New York, kid's dance company "Rosinka" (six dancers) from San Jose, California, photographers, videographers, organized beautiful auditorium, cocktail reception inside of the museum, and performed many other things to make it happen. Acting director of prestigious "Silver Arcer" Award Nadezhda Yavdolyuk arrived all the way from Moscow, Russia to congratulate winners and be a part of the ceremony. This event was taking place in the United States of America for 9th time, and in the world for 22nd time. The "Silver Archer" awards are given to people and organizations who put their time, effort, and energy to improve relationships between USA and Russia. Among winners of the award are Russian language teacher from Anchorage, former mayor of the city, director of Fort Richardson Memorial.

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Russian Balalaika Duo, Anchorage, Alaska, Silver Archer Award,  , , Saturday February 23rd 2019, Anna Vernaya, Nadezhda Yavdolyuk, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina
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Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska, , Saturday February 23rd 2019 Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center, Anchorage, Alaska, , Saturday February 23rd 2019
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Sunday, February 24, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9pm. 2- , Dana and Don's house

01. Moroz, M. Uvarova (, -)
02. Kamarinskaiya, traditional
03. Doctor Zhivago: Lara's Theme-Steppes All Around, Maurice Jarre, S.Sadovskiy, I.Surikov
04. Long Road, K. Podrevskiy, B.Fomin
05. Variations on a Theme of Corelli in the Style of Tartini
06. Russian Winter Song, E. Khanok, S. Ostrovoy
07. The Butterfly Waltz, V. Andreev
08. Russian Tongue Twisters Medley
09. Sabre Dance, a movement in the final act of Aram Khachaturian's ballet Gayane
10. Conversation With Happines, A. Zatsepin, L. Derbenev
11. Gypsy Medley, A.Shalov
12. Kalinka
13. Chardash, V. Monti

14. Watz No.1, Op.83 by Auguste Durand
15. Fluffy Bumblebee, A.Petrov, R.Kipling
16. Semyonovna, arr. Alexander Shalov
17. I will take you to tundra, M.Fradkin, M. Plyatskovskiy
18. Fiddler On The Roof Medley, J. Bock, L. Zabeginski
19. Dark Eyes
20. Barynya, Yury Shishakov
21. Two Guitars ( ) A.Grigoriev, I.Vasiliev
22. Turkish Rondo, V. Mozart
23. The White Acacia's Fragrant Flakes, Alexander Shalov and V. Basner
24. Felt Boots, arrangement Alexander Shalov
25. The Peddlers, N. Nekrasov, V. Antipov
26. World Music Balalaika Medley, arr. Mikhail Smirnov
About Elina Karokhina, the balalaika virtuoso, dancer:
Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia. She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist. She continued her training at the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany. After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art degree in the Balalaika. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika. Elina Karokhina served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars. As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble "Barynya".
About Mikhail Smirnov, garmoshka and guitar player, vocalist:
Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia. He has been in the business of Russian folk dance and music for more than 25 years. Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya based in New York City, author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian. Mikhail received his Master's degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous "Moscow Boys Chorus" - one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, "Russkaya Pesnya", under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina, ensemble "Moskoviya" under the direction of Valeriy Kuz'mich Nesterov. In January 2009 Mikhail Smirnov and dancers of ensemble Barynya were featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" - breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance). This prestigious dance competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will win. The show premiered on NBC network.
 
Russian Balalaika Duo is available for hire for performing art centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, libraries, concert halls, private and corporate events.

Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, photo cblueit Yuriy Balan Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, photo credit Yuriy Balan Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, photo credit Yuriy Balan

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