Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Russian Balalaika Duo

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On Saturday, February 11th, 2017, 5:45pm to 7:15pm Russian music, dance and song Balalaika Duo (Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov) performed at the Fort Lauderdale Grand Russian Ball 2017 at the Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312. Black Tie Gala took place to mark the 75th Anniversary of Florida Grand Opera. In the tradition of Grand Opera, the Gala evening began with cocktails, hors doeuvres and an opulent dinner in the Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom. Following dinner, guests entered the Broward Centers Au Rene Theater to enjoy Tchaikovskys most beloved opera Eugene Onegin. Following the performance, everyone returned to the Riverview Ballroom for dessert, dancing and greeting the international opera stars. The program of Balalaika Duo's performance included Sabre Dance from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian, "Fiddler On The Roof" Medley, "Two guitars", Csardas by Vittorio Monti, Paganini's Caprice No. 24, "The Gypsy Trail" ( ), Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, "Dark Eyes", Polonaise No. 13 in A minor, "Pozegnanie Ojczyzny" (Farewell to the Fatherland) by Michal Oginski, "Those Were The Days", J.S. Bach - Suite No. 2 - Badinerie (Joke), Pidmanula ( i), Waltz for Jazz Orchestra No. 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich, - The Moon Is Shining Brightly, Waltz "Babochka" by V. Andreev, Felt Boots (), Variations on a Theme of Corelli in the Style of Tartini. Composer, Kreisler, Fritz, Iced House (" , "), Dr. Zhivago's "Somewhere, My Love" (Lara's Theme), and other selections.

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Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Russian Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Elina Karokhina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Elina Karokhina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Elina Karokhina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Elina Karokhina, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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ABOUT PERFORMERS: Elina Karokhina
Elina Karokhina was born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Russia.  She began her formal training at the Mussorgsky Music College of St. Petersburg and continued her training at N.A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg State Conservatory, earning a degree as an Orchestra Soloist.  Elina continued her training at the Conservatory, which included a brief residency in Germany.  After, she returned to her native St. Petersburg and completed her education, earning a Doctor of Musical Art Degree in the Balalaika Teaching and Performing.  Following the Graduation, Elina began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika.  Mrs. Karokhina served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars.  She is a winner of International Music Competition in Cherepovets and a Holder of the First Place in Troyanovsky's Competition for musicians performing of traditional instruments in St. Petersburg, Russia.   As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. She was a soloist of State Concert Russian Orchestra of Saint Petersburg under direction of Honored Performer of Russia Vladimir Popov (Russian: -, .)  When she moved to the United States in 2009 she was hired as a musicial director and soloist with the biggest professional Russian music, song and dance ensemble Barynya (New York).  In January 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to perform the balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre directed by world-famous conductor Valery Gergiev in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York.  In May 2016 she was hired to play several concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City with symphony orchestra, choir, and opera soloists as a soloist of "The Orchestra Rocks" production.  In September 2016 he appeared at the Carnegie Hall again as a part of "Moscow Gypsy Army" representing rich musical culture of Eastern Europian Roma people.  In January 2017 Elina was hired to play Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh" Suite at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra.  All four performances were under direction of world-famous conductor Sir Mark Elder.  In 2017 Elina was invited to perform as a Honored Guest Artist at the Balalaika and Domra Association of America 40th Jubilee Convention in Philadelphia (July 2018).
 
About Mikhail Smirnov:
Mikhail Smirnov was born in Moscow, Russia in 1966.  He has been in the business of Russian folk dance and music for more than 25 years.  Mikhail is an artistic director and founder of ensemble Barynya based in New York City, author of many articles about traditional Russian dance, music and instruments in English and Russian.  Mikhail received his Master's degree from the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. As a child, he was a member of the famous "Moscow Boys Chorus" - one of the most prestigious all-male choirs in Russia. Before coming to the United States in 1991, Mikhail was a soloist in a several Russian folk dance and music groups including the Moscow State Center for Russian song, "Russkaya Pesnya", under the direction of Nadezhda Babkina.  In January 2009 Mikhail Smirnov and dancers of ensemble Barynya were featured on national TV, NBC's "SUPERSTARS OF DANCE" - breathtaking international dance competition led by executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Simon Fuller (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance).  This prestigious dance competition hosted by Michael Flatley ("Lord of the Dance") and Susie Castillo, a former Miss USA. Mikhail Smirnov was one of eight judges to decide which country will win.  The show premiered on NBC network.

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