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Welcome to the website of the UW Russian Folk Orchestra! The Orchestra, now in its 20th season, is a unique ensemble performing Russian and other East-European folk music on authentic Russian instruments, balalaikas and domras. The orchestra was founded and is directed by Victor Gorodinsky.
The Orchestra practices Monday nights in room 1418 Van Hise
Hall (1220 Linden Drive), on the UW--Madison campus.
The Orchestra is a proud member of the BDAA, the Balalaika and
Domra Association of America.
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The Orchestra is made up of two groups of authentic Russian stringed instruments: balalaikas and domras. The Orchestra also uses accordions, bayans (button accordions), as well as various woodwind and percussion instruments. Read more about the instruments used in performing Russian folk music.
The repertoire consists mainly of Russian and other Slavic folk songs, dances, ballads, etc. The orchestra also plays music of Russian classical composers, such as Tchaikovsky. Occasionally, selections of Western music are introduced. The orchestra conductor and founder, Victor Gorodinsky, has written several original compositions for the ensemble.