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55th Annual Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel, NYC, Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Russian Children's Welfare Society, New York

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Barynya Balalaika Orchestra led by Mikhail Smirnov provided live music entertainment for 55th Annual Petroushka Ball at the historical Plaza Hotel {768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019} on Friday, February 7th, 2020. Petroushka Ball (Russian: ) is a traditional Russian ball held annually in New York City at the Plaza Hotel in the beginning of February. It is the primary fundraising event for the Russian Children's Welfare Society, organization which is dedicated to assisting disadvantaged Russian children, to improve their health, education, and social welfare. First Petroushka Ball took place in 1965 as a small Tea Dance by a group of descendants of Russian families whose intent was to raise funds to help Russian children. Since then, the Petroushka Ball has become one of New York Society's most vibrant and anticipated annual events, attracting upwards of 700 dinner and dancing guests. Cast of ensemble Barynya musicians and singers in 2020 included: Mikhail Smirnov (band leader, guitar, garmoshka, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Yaroslav Bell (violin), singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili (saxophone), Igor Lutsev (drums), and Vlad Barskiy (keyboard). The Barynya Balalaika Orchestra led by Mikhail Smirnov performed at the Petroushka Ball for number of years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006.

Contact information: phone/text: (201) 981-2497 / email msmirnov@yahoo.com

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy
Barynya Balalaika Orchestra, Petroushka Ball, The Plaza Hotel NYC, February 7th 2020, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Yaroslav Bell, singer Irina Zagornova, Sergey Gurbeloshvili, Igor Lutsev, Vladimir Barskiy

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BARYNYA BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA PLAYLIST

During the Petroushka Ball musicians of Barynya Balalaika Orchestra performed many songs including Moscow Nights ( ), Katyusha (), , Ukrainian song i, Besa Me Mucho, Name Day Waltz ( ), , , , , Burnt By The Sun ( ), Vengerka (), Waltz , Barynya (), Two Guitars ( ), Tango , The Moon Is Shining ( ), Waltz , Tango , Yesterday, Those Were The Days My Friend ( ), Gypsy song , , , , , , , , Laras Theme, Tango Dark Eyes (, ), Rock-n-Roll --, Sailor's Dance (), Dark Night ( ), - , Ural Mountain Dance ( ), La Kum Parsita, , , , Tango , Ukrainian song , , , , , Tango , Waltz , Ukrainian , , , -, Tango - , Karapet ( ), Dark Eyes ( ׸), , Kalinka (), , Waltz , , , , i, , -, . - 2, and other selections.

Petroushka 2020 schedule of events

5 PM RTVi crew arrives (4 camera man). Room Xavier Suite
Flower arrangements have to be done by 4 pm.
4:00 PM 6:00 PM Raffle & Silent Auction Prizes laid out on 2-3 tables.
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM Raffle kids arrive. The dressing room will be Monroe Suite. Water station should be available. Children should be dressed and ready with baskets by 8 pm.
Ballroom dancers Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina arrive.
7-7:45 PM Dancers rehearsal at the Grand Ballroom
7:45-8:30 pm RTVi records few interviews in front on step & repeat
Photographer Julia will be working at stop & repeat banner till 11 pm
8 PM Met Opera artists rehearsal at the Grand Ballroom
Roman Makhmutov sets up the photo station at Centennial Foyer (the same location as last year)
7:45 PM Maike Schulz, photographer, arrives with 2 assistants
8:00 PM Cocktails Served in Centennial Foyer at the 3rd fl
Barynya playing the background music in Centennial Foyer at the 3rd fl
Kids Folk Club Kaleidoskope arrive
9:00 PM Guests escorted to the Grand Ballroom. Lester Lanin starts playing.
Appetizers are preset.
Lester Lanning stops playing
9:10 PM As soon as the guests are seated, Beatrice Fekula welcomes the guests, acknowledges important guests, thanks Aeroflot, important sponsors, mentions the raffle & silent auction.
9:15 PM Peter Fekula says a few words about the RCWS and introduces the singers.
Serena Malfi, mezzo soprano and Ben Bliss, tenor, Metropolitan Opera both accompanied by Jonathan Kelly.
Cruda sorte Litaliana in Algeri Rossini (5 min) Serena
Kuda, kuda Evgeny Onegin Tchaikovsky (6 min) Ben
Ite vurria vasa Di Capua (4 min) Serena
No puede ser Sorozabal (3 min) Ben
Duet: Stranger in Paradise Kismet Wright/Forrest (4-5 min)
Lester Lannin Orchestra continues playing (about 20 min)
9:45 Once the main course is served, Lester Lannin stops playing and Peter Fekula introduces the ballroom dancers - Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina
1 dance You and I 4.5 min. Recorded music.
Lester Lannin stops playing. Peter Fekula introduces Barynya and Folk Club Kaleidoskope.
10-10:10 pm Barynia musicians accompanied by dancers from Folk Club Kaleidoskope perform - , , . , , , ,
10:25 pm Lester Lanin continues playing (stars with social dancing music)
Lester Lanin continues playing till 1:00 am.
10 PM Barynia begins playing in the Terrace Room
10:00 pm dancing guests start to arrive and check in. Russian Standard Vodka station (long bar) is opened.
12 midnight Russian Folk dancing at the Terrace Room
2:00 Barynya concludes evening in the Terrace Room.

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