As The Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra looks back on 25 seasons of music-making, it marks two and half eventful decades of memorable concerts and artistic growth under the guidance of our directors, Iryna Orlova and Anatoliy Mamalyga. We remember also a host of challenges, including the Great Recession, events larger than any of us, that have threatened our very existence. But each year we have come back, come back re-inspired by our instruments and the music, re-dedicated to our mission to sustain a world-class Balalaika Orchestra here in Los Angeles. One more things, however, keeps us in the game: the support and appreciation of our audience. We know only one way to express our gratitude This year's concert features a completely new program and soloists guaranteed to surprise and delight everyone. Join us this year to celebrate our past and dedicate our future. Since the film was to be based on Leo Tolstoy's short story "Two Hussars", Bernard had a notion to include in it, some Russian music. Vernon made arrangements for us to meet Bernard and Julia, to introduce ourselves and our music to them. We met at the beautiful and cozy house on Kings Rd.
Two strings are usually tuned to the same note and the third string is a perfect fourth higher. The higher-pitched balalaikas are used to play melodies and chords. The instrument generally has a short sustain , necessitating rapid strumming or plucking when it is used to play melodies. Balalaikas are often used for Russian folk music and dancing. The balalaika family of instruments includes instruments of various sizes, from the highest-pitched to the lowest: the piccolo balalaika, prima balalaika, secunda balalaika, alto balalaika, bass balalaika, and contrabass balalaika. There are balalaika orchestras which consist solely of different balalaikas; these ensembles typically play Classical music that has been arranged for balalaikas. The prima balalaika is the most common; the piccolo is rare.
See and hear past performances at our You Tube channel. From its conception by Vasily Vasillevich Andreyev a nobleman from the Tverskoi Province who was studying violin in the s, the Russian folk orchestra has taken its special character from two fretted string instruments, the triangular balalaika and the round-bodied domra. Both derive from a primitive lute of two or three strings, with a small body and long neck, widespread among the Russian peasantry by the 17th century and believed to be of Tatar origin.. He was frustrated in his early attempts to find a violinmaker who would even agree to make a concert balalaika, as this instrument was considered to be nothing but a plaything by serious musicians. After some effort he was able to persuade one of St. Petersburg's leading luthiers, F.
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