PRESS RELEASE  —  January 28, 2009

Balalaikas in the Desert

Tucson Concerts February 7-8

The ARIZONA BALALAIKA ORCHESTRA announces their 29th annual concerts, “BALALAIKAS IN THE DESERT" to be held Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 8, 2009 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 Russia and Carpathian folk music. The Orchestra, under the direction of Russian-trained Alexander Tentser, will be joined by the SONS OF ORPHEUS MALE CHOIR OF TUCSON, directed by Grayson Hirst, and the RUSYNŶ  DANCERS.  

Special guests will be the Ukrainian-trained virtuoso IRYNA ORLOVA, performing on the domra, and VADIM KHAVRUN, playing the bayan accordion.  

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available from the Pima College Center for the Arts Box Office, 520-206-6986; or at The Folk Shop, 2525 N. Campbell Ave. 520-881-7147.  For information, please call 520-327-4418 or visit the Orchestra’s website at

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