Medinah, Illinois, IL, Russian dancers, musicians, singers, balalaika, garmoshka, Bear Mascot, multicultural school assembly

Russian song, dance and music ensemble Barynya performed in Medinah, Illinois on March 17th, 2014. Multicultural school assembly programs took places at the Medinah Intermediate School, (7 N 330 Medinah Rd, Medinah, IL 60157), and Medinah Primary School, (22 W 300 Sunnyside Rd, Medinah, IL 60157). Students and teachers spent 45 minutes of their time on Monday learning about Russian culture through songs, music, dance and language. Artistic director/founder Mikhail Smirnov played the garmoshka, a Russian-style diatonic button accordion and guitar. Dancer Alisch presented Russian, Gypsy, Cossack, Andizhan, Jewish Wedding Bottle dance, and the dance of "Russian Bear". Musical director of the group Elina Karokhina played the balalaika, a three-stringed, triangular instrument, performed Russian folk dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm, Russian: «Метелица»), Russian Gypsy Roma dance "Kay One" ("Where Are They"), and Russian traditional dance "Kalinka" (Russian: «Калинка»).

CONTACT INFORMATION / Email: mikhail@barynya.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497

In between playing songs on their instruments, singing songs, and dancing traditional numbers to the music, Mikhail Smirnov shared a little bit of the Russian language with the students. He taught them phrases such as "Thank You" (SPASIBO), "Hello" (ZDRAVSTVUITE), "You're Welcome" (PAZHALUYSTA) and "Bye" (PAKA) as well as the alphabet and counting. He said each word in English and then slowly in Russian, allowing the children a moment to try the words themselves after each one. After the segment on words, the students attempted to chatter in Russian for a couple minutes, smiling and laughing about how they sounded. In the middle of the performance, Mikhail paused to share a couple of Russian tongue twisters, explaining each one in English first, and then saying them in Russian at top speed. With each one, the twisters got more complicated and lengthy. There was even a chance for a handful of students to get up on stage and try out a couple of Russian percussion instruments.

Russian dance and music trio Barynya: Mikhail, Elina, and Alisch

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The program of Multicultural School Assembly performance included "The Snowstorm" Khorovod song and dance «Метелица», "Kamarinskaya", Instrumental solo Russian dance «Камаринская» performed on guitar and balalaika, "The Peddlers" Russian folk song «Коробейники», "Kalinka" Russian folk dance «Калинка», "Amazing Balalaika" Medley «Волшебная балалайка», "Russian dance Workshop" interactive lesson «Урок Русского танца», "Russian Alphabet" interactive lesson «Урок Русского языка», "Where Are They?" Gypsy Roma song and dance «Кай-Йёне», "Chardash" balalaika instrumental solo «Чардаш», "Russian Bear" dance «Танец Медведя», "Russian Percussian Orchestra" interactive game «Оркестр Русских ударных инструментов», and few other selections. Established in 1991, ensemble Barynya presents Russian, Cossack and Jewish traditional dancing and music on instruments including the balalaika, balalaika contrabass, guitar and garmoshka. Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the U.S., including Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian, the United Nations and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C. Ensemble 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.

CONTACT INFORMATION / Email: mikhail@barynya.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497

VIDEOS

Video of the concert at the Medinah Primary School

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Video of the concert at the Medinah Intermediate School

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PHOTOS

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina plays Russian folk song "Kamarinskaia"

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Russian Gypsy dance

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Russian Gypsy Roma dance "Kai One"

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Bottle dance

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Russian Bear dance

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Russian Khorovod Dance "Metelitsa" (The Snowstorm)

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Russian Gypsy Dance "Kai One" ("Where Are They")

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Mikhail Smirnov plays his garmoshka and sings Russian folk song "Moroz-Moros" ("Father Frost")

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CONTACT INFORMATION / Email: mikhail@barynya.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497

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CONTACT INFORMATION / Email: mikhail@barynya.com / Phone: (201) 981-2497

 
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