14th Annual Russian Spring Fest (May Concert)
Sat, May 31, 2014 • 7:00 PM • Unity Church of the Hills (9905 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 78750)
The Russian Speakers Society presents a concert featuring two outstanding groups: Nina McIntire and The Flying Balalaika Brothers.
Nina McIntire, a pianist from St. Petersburg, Russia, completed her Master of Fine Arts degree at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. Nina has recently been very active on the international music scene. Her latest project, “Ivory Fantasy," combines classical themes with her own compositions, integrating ragtime, jazz, pop, and blues. This project has enjoyed successful concerts in Finland, Russia, Germany, and the United States.
The Flying Balalaika Brothers were originally comprised of two virtuoso native Russian musicians who combined classical training with folk traditions, later joining American musicians to create a unique sound. First established themselves at small festivals (Gilroy Festival, Sawdust Festival, Valencia Street Market, Pecan Street Festival, Music Under the Stars, Kerrville Folk Festival), they now perform in concert halls around the nation. This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion; Aaryn Russell on guitar and bass balalaika; Dustin Russell on drums, and Corinne Zappler on viola.
All of these musicians perform out of a love for traditional music and classical elegance. Join us for an innovative and exciting performance. Adult tickets are $20, senior citizen and student tickets are $10, and admission for children under the age of 12 is free.
The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and an award from the National Endowment all have helped make this event possible. Join us!