The ARIZONA BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA is pleased to announce their 28th annual concert series, “RUSSIAN MAGIC” to be held January 26, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. and January 27, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pima Community College Center for the Arts, Proscenium Theater, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Tucson, Arizona.

The concerts will feature the 30-member Orchestra playing the music of Russia and Ukraine on authentic instruments, including the triangular balalaika, the mandolin-like domra, the Russian bayan accordion, as well as wind and percussion instruments.  Performing under the direction of Russian-trained Dr. Alexander Tentser, the concert will feature traditional Russian folk music and classical works by Katchaturian and Pagannini. The Orchestra will be joined by the youngest KALINKA RUSSIAN DANCERS, as well as the RUSYNY DANCERS of St. Melany's Byzantine Catholic Church.  Also appearing in the concerts will be the  SONS OF ORPHEUS MALE CHOIR OF TUCSON, directed by Grayson Hirst.
Special guest artists appearing will be the Russian-trained virtuoso TAMARA VOLSKAYA, performing on the Russian four-stringed domra, and her husband ANATOLIY TROFIMOV, accompanying on the Russian bayan accordion.  Tamara has been awarded the prestigious Merited Artist of Russia award, and has been a Professor of the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory of Russia.  She is a recognized authority on both the Russian domra and the mandolin, and has performed throughout Russia, Europe, Japan and the United States.  She and her husband have performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York in 2005.  

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available now from the Pima College Center for the Arts box office, 206-6986, or at The Folk Shop, 2525 N. Campbell Ave.  For more information, please call 743-2347 or visit the Orchestra’s website at

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