Batavia, IL. Russian Balalaika virtuoso, Bass singer, Folk and Ballet Dancers, Songs and Music concert

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Russian dance, song, and music ensemble Barynya performed a concert on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 (show 8-10pm) for Fermilab Arts & Lecture Series in Batavia, IL 60510. The show took place at the Ramsey Auditorium (inside the Wilson Hall) at Fermilab (Wilson and Kirk Roads, Batavia, IL 60510-5011). Cast of performers: Sherstobitov, Kvasova, Chpitalnaia, Karokhina, Kisselev, Loginov, violin player, keyboard player, ballet dancer Elena.
 
Musical director of the Barynya ensemble Elina Karokhina performed a few solos on Russian folk instrument balalaika and MC the show. Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina who 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. She 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. Following her graduation, she began working as a musician, both as a teacher and as a performer, teaching balalaika. Elina Karokhina served in the Russian Army in the Military Ensemble in the Northwest Order of Red Stars. As a balalaika soloist Elina has toured all over the world. 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 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 as a part of "THE TRIUMPH OF HOPE" international event.
 
Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya (established in 1991). The Barynya is available for hire for performing art centers, school assemblies, festivals, colleges, libraries, concert halls, restaurants, private and corporate events as one powerful ensemble or in smaller groups.

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