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The Orchestra

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.

Read more about the people of the Russian Folk Orchestra.

The Orchestra practices Monday nights in room 1418 Van Hise Hall (1220 Linden Drive), on the UW--Madison campus.

The Orchestra is sponsored by CREECA (Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia) at the University of Wisconsin--Madison.

The Orchestra is a proud member of the BDAA, the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.

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The instruments

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 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.

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