Thursday, October 12, 6:30 p.m., Fahy Hall 236, Seton Hall University campus
Acclaimed musicians Tamara Volskaya, Anatoly Trofimov and Leonid Bruk will perform a rousing selection of traditional and modern Russian music on authentic folk instruments. Former conservatory professors, Volskaya and Trifonov received the highest honors in Russia for their musicianship. Since emigrating to the US, they have performed in numerous prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center (where Volskaya performed in the Mostly Mozart Festival with the renowned Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky) and the Library of Congress.
The "Russian Trio" consists of unique professional musicians who contributed to the growing interest in Russian folk instruments in America. The primary characteristic of the ensemble is a successful blend and vibrant performance of Russian folk, Eastern European, traditional World folk, as well as classical and contemporary music.
The trio was started by a well-known domra–player Tamara Volskaya and her husband bayanist Anatoliy Trofimov and later joined by Leonid Bruk (contrabass - balalaika).
The trio came to life with Anatoliy Trofimov's full of humor, deep feelings and unique spirit arrangements of Russian, Ukrainian, Greek, Jewish and American tunes. The trio's arrangements of folk music are his original compositions based on folk tunes.
Soon after "Russian Trio" was established it became an essential part of Brooklyn community life as well as New York city music scene. The trio has performed at schools in Manhattan and Long Island with lectures about Russian music and Russian folk instruments. The musicians of the "Russian Trio" were welcome performers at Ocean County Libraries of New Jersey (Brick Library and Point Pleasant Branch libraries), at 92nd street and Y concert events. They participated at Bangor Folk Festival, Slavic Festival and International Mandolin Festival in Manhattan and performed for prestigious Madison Council of the Library of the Congress. They regularly perform with Russian Chamber Choir of New York City, with mandolin orchestras of NYC and Pittsburgh, played recitals for the Brewster concert series and at the Sinai Congregation Synagogue on Long Island.
This event is made possible through a generous sponsorship by the Russian and East European Studies Program, the Slavic Club, the Department of History, the Office of International Programs, and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The performance is free and open to the public. Slavic refreshments will be served.