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Elina Karokhina at the Carnegie Hall in New York City

Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina performed six concerts at the Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 23rd, 24th, and 27th, 2016 as a soloist of "The Orchestra Rocks" production.  Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute brought together thousands of New York City students and teachers for annual "Link Up" concerts, featuring the Orchestra of St. Luke's, choir and three opera singers.

Elina Karokhina, Carnegie Hall, New York City, USA
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Elina Karokhina with Mariinsky Theatre at BAM in Brooklyn, New York

Elina Karokhina, Valery Gergiev, BAM, Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn, New York, January 14, 2015
Elina Karokhina with famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev

On January 14, 2015 Elina Karokhina was selected to performed balalaika part with Mariinsky Theatre from St. Petersburg, Russia in Rodion Shchedrin's opera "The Enchanted Wanderer" at the BAM - Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York. Some photos and video from Shchedrin’s rarely staged musical treasure, based on the story by Nikolai Leskov are available on Barynya website

Elina Karokhina with Irina Zagornova, Leonid Bruk and Mikhail Smirnov, Queens, New York, 10-13-2018

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Irina Zagornova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, photo credit Yuriy Balan Irina Zagornova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, photo credit Yuriy Balan Irina Zagornova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, photo credit Yuriy Balan
Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, photo cblueit Yuriy Balan Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, photo credit Yuriy Balan Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, photo credit Yuriy Balan
Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, photo credit Yuriy Balan Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Photo credit Yuriy Balan Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Photo credit Yuriy Balan

Emirates-Russian Week, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Musicians of Barynya ensemble provided several thirty minute performances during Emirates-Russian Week at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The most important guest of the Emirates-Russian Week were Russian president Vladimir Putin as well as United Arab Emirates' Prime minister Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.

Kempinski Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates-Russian Week
Barynya Russian Balalaika Trio, Kempinski Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates-Russian Week, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya
Russian Balalaika Trio, Kempinski Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Emirates-Russian Week

01-23-2020. "From Russians With Love", Concert with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC

On Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 Elina Karokhina, and Mikhail Smirnov performed joined concert titled "FROM RUSSIANS WITH LOVE" with Charleston Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Yuriy Bekker. Program of performance: Dmitri Shostakovich Festive Overture, Op. 96, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “ Polonaise ” from Eugene Onegin, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Vocalise, Modest Mussorgsky, (arr. Nikolai Rimsky - Korsakov) Night on Bald Mountain, Stravinsky's Firebird Infernal Dance Berceuse Finale, Aram Khachaturian's “Sabre Dance“ from Gayane, Nikolai Rimsky - Korsakov “Flight of the Bumble Bee” from Tale of Tsar Saltan, Russian Folk Song "Oche Chiornie" (Dark Eyes), arr. Carmen Dragon, Lionel Bart, arr. John Bachalis “ From Russia With Love “ from James Bond: From Russia With Love, Maurice Jarre, arr. Bill Holcombe “Laura’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago, Russian Folk Song "Kalinka", Russian Folk Song "Kamarinskaiya", Russian Folk Song "Valenki", Russian Folk Song "Korobushka", Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky “Finale” from Symphony No . 4 in F minor, Op. 36. All instrumental numbers were performed by Elina and MIkhail on guitar, and the traditional Russian instruments balalaika and garmoshka. After the performance conductor Yuriy Bekker, tenor Edward Brennan, Mikhail and Elina stepped into the lobby of the beautuful Charleston Gaillard Center to sign concert posters and take photos with people who attended the performance. Exact address of the venue: 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC, From Russians With Love Concert, Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC, From Russians With Love Concert, Charleston Symphony Orchestra

From Russians With Love, Concert with Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Gaillard Center, South Carolina
Barynya Balalaika Duo, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, From Russians With Love, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, South Carolina
Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, From Russians With Love, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston Gaillard Center, South Carolina

Sept 11, 2020. Recording of ensemble Barynya promo-video. Kings Bay YM-YWHA, Brooklyn, New York

On Friday, September 11th, 2020 dancers, singers and musicians of Barynya, Russian dance, song and music ensemble had a rehersal and session of video recording at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA - a Jewish community center and proud partner of UJA-Federation of New York - located at 3495 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229. Cast of Barynya on that day included Simona Zhukovsky (dancer), Valentina Kvasova (dancer, vocals), Olga Chpitalnaia (dancer), Olga Yeliseyeva (dancer), Alexander Rudoy (dancer), Vladimir Nikitin (dancer), Konstantin Tulinov (dancer), Danila Sherstobitov (dancer), Leonid Bruk (contrabass-balalaika), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), and singer Irina Zagornova. Company recorded one song performed by Irina Zagornova and several dance routines: "Barynya", "Kalinka", Cossack dance, Moldavian dance, "Metelitsa", Tatar dance, Gypsy dance and Jewish Bottle dance.

Ensemble Barynya, Artistic Director Mikhail Smirnov, Brooklyn, New York, Friday, September 11th, 2020, Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229, (from left to right) Simona Zhukovsky, Valentina Kvasova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Olga Yeliseyeva, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Danila Sherstobitov, Vladimir Nikitin, Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov, photo credit Leonid Bruk, ансамбль Барыня, художественный руководитель Михаил Смирнов, 11 сентября 2020-ого года, Бруклин Нью-Йорк, фото Леонида Брука
Ensemble Barynya, Friday, September 11th, 2020, Kings Bay YM-YWHA, (from left to right) Simona Zhukovsky, Valentina Kvasova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Olga Yeliseyeva, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Danila Sherstobitov, Vladimir Nikitin, Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov

Public concert at the Untermyer Park in Yonkers, New York on August 22nd, 2020

First public performance of Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya after the beginning of COVID-19 pandemic took place on Saturday, August 22nd, 2020 at the Untermyer Park in Yonkers, New York. Exact address of the venue: Untermyer Park and Gardens, 945 N Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. Cast of ensemble Barynya included Mikhail Smirnov (artistic director, founder, garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Elina Karokhina (balalaika virtuoso), Leonid Bruk (balalaika contrabass), Konstantin Tulinov (dancer), Vladimir Nikitin (dancer), Valentina Kvasova (dancer, vocals), Russian-Gypsy singer Natasha Stolichnaya, Frida Anuarbek (keyboard, vocals), Maryia Zhukovich (dancer), Katsiaryna Mileuskaya, and Veronika Hunko.

Ensemble Barynya, artistic director Mikhail Smirnov, суббота, 22-ое августа 2020 года, парк Унтермаер, Антермайер Парк энд Гарденс, город Янкерс, штат Нью-Йорк, Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, New York, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Vladimir Nikitin, Elena Notkina, Veronika Hunko, Maryia Zhukovich, Natasha Stolichnaya, Valentina Kvasova, Konstantin Tulinov, Frida Anuarbek
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, New York, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Vladimir Nikitin, Elena Notkina, Veronika Hunko, Maryia Zhukovich, Natasha Stolichnaya, Valentina Kvasova, Konstantin Tulinov, Frida Anuarbek

Первый публичный концерт ансамбля "Барыня" после начала эпидемии КОВИД-19 состоялся в субботу, 22-ого августа 2020 года в Антермаер парке города Янкерс (штат Нью-Йорк). Untermyer Park and Gardens (остатки поместья Сэмюэля Дж. Унтермайера "Грейстон") - исторический городской общественный парк площадью 43 акра, расположенный в Йонкерсе, штат Нью-Йорк, в округе Вестчестер, к северу от Манхаттена. На концерте было примерно пятьдесят человек зрителей (строго по пригласительным билетам). Вся публика была в масках. Люди сидели друг от друга на расстоянии в шесть футов (примерно два метра). Прямая трансляция выступления шла для остальных подписчиков этой концертной серии через Фейсбук и YouTube. Басист ансамбля Леонид Брук (Leonid Bruk) записал видео выступления. Благодаря ему концерт можно посмотреть полностью от начала до конца.

Ensemble Barynya, artistic director Mikhail Smirnov, суббота, 22-ое августа 2020 года, парк Унтермаер, Антермайер Парк энд Гарденс, город Янкерс, штат Нью-Йорк, Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, New York, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, Elena Notkina, Natasha Stolichnaya, Frida Anuarbek, Maryia Zhukovich, Vladimir Nikitin, Elina Karokhina, Konstantin Tulinov, Katsiaryna Mileuskaya, Valentina Kvasova, Veronika Hunko
Saturday, August 22nd, 2020, Untermyer Park and Gardens, Yonkers, New York, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, Elena Notkina, Natasha Stolichnaya, Frida Anuarbek, Maryia Zhukovich, Vladimir Nikitin, Elina Karokhina, Konstantin Tulinov, Katsiaryna Mileuskaya, Valentina Kvasova, Veronika Hunko

Full concert video

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Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, North Carolina

On Tuesday, January 21st, 2020, two dancers and two musicians of Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya provided dance and music workshop with questions and answers from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, and formal performance from 12:00PM to 1PM at the Cumberland Hall Auditorium on Fayetteville campus Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303. Students learn facts about Russia, and asked questions about Russian Culture and e njoy traditional Russian folk dances, music, and songs performed on garmoshka, and balalaika. Cast of performers: dancer Alisa Egorova, singer Mikhail Smirnov, balalaika player Elina Karokhina, and dancer Sergey Tsyganok.

Russian dancers in North Carolina, Ensemble Barynya, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Alisa Egorova, Sergey Tsyganok, Cumberland Hall Auditorium, Fayetteville Campus, Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Russian dancers in North Carolina, Ensemble Barynya, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Alisa Egorova, Sergey Tsyganok, Cumberland Hall Auditorium, Fayetteville Campus, Fayetteville Technical Community College, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303

Koinonia Christian Fellowship, Bloomingdale, Canada, October 26, 2019

Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov performed a program of Russian and Russian-Gypsy traditional music during Svet Ministries Event at the Koinonia Christian Fellowship in Bloomingdale, Canada on Saturday, October 26, 2019 . Performance took place at the Koinonia Christian Fellowship, 850 Sawmill Rd, Bloomingdale, ON N0B 1K0, Canada.

Svet Ministries Event, Koinonia Christian Fellowship event, Bloomingdale, Canada
Russian Balalaika Trio, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya, Bloomingdale, Canada (near Toronto), Svet Ministries Event, Koinonia Christian Fellowship
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Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2019, St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, Dexter, Michigan

Dancers, singers, and musicians of Barynya ensemble provided several performances during 7th Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2019 that was taking place on the gounds of St. Vladimir Orthodox Church in Dexter, Michigan on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th, 2019. Cast: Alisa Egorova (dancer), Serhiy Tsyganok (dancer), Konstantin Tulinov (dancer), Simona Zhukovski (dancer), balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Mikhail Smirnov.

Dexter, Michigan, Ann Arbor Russian Festival 2019, Elina Karokhina, Photo credit Jenna Kieser | jkieser@mlive.com
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Ann Arbor Russian Festival illuminates traditions | Article by Jenna Kieser

Wedding at the 26 Bridge, downtown Brooklyn, Friday, September 13th, 2019

Dancers, singers, and musicians of Barynya ensemble provided 30 min show during Russian-American wedding reception at the 26 Bridge in downtown Brooklyn on Friday, September 13th, from 8pm to 8:30pm. Exact address of the venue: 26 Bridge, 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, New York. The program of performance included Russian folk dance "Kalinka", Russian folk song "Korobushka", Russian Gypsy dance "Mardzhandzha", Ukrainian folk dance "Hopak", Jewish wedding dance with candle, Jewish Bottle Dance, Csardas by Vittorio Monti, and Russian folk song "The Moon Is Shining Brightly" (Светит месяц).

Russian dancers Brooklyn, 26 Bridge, 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn, New York  11201, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Alisa Egorova, Serhiy Tsyganok

Anyway Cafe, New York City

On Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 8 to 11pm two musicians of Barynya ensemble Elina Karokhina (balalaika), and Mikhail Smirnov (vocal, guitar) played for 3 hours at the Anyway Cafe in East Village, Manhattan. Exact address: Cafe Anyway NYC, 34 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003-8909. Phone: (212) 533-3412. Elina and Mikhail played a mix of some modern popular songs, classical pieces, Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewisjh, Gypsy popular and traditional songs and instrumental numbers on balalaika, garmoshka, and guitar. Music selections included Sabre Dance from "Gayane" by Aram Khachaturian, The Hungarian Dance Number 5 (German: Ungarische Tanze) by Johannes Brahms, Csardas by Vittorio Monti, Paganini's Caprice No. 24, Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Polonaise No. 13 in A minor, "Pozegnanie Ojczyzny" (Farewell to the Fatherland) by Michal Oginski, Libertango by Astor Piazzolla, J.S. Bach - Suite No. 2 - Badinerie (Joke), Variations on a Theme of Corelli in the Style of Tartini. Composer, Kreisler, Fritz, Marie-Auguste Massacrie-Durand Valse No.1, Op.83 (First Waltz), "Moscow Nights", "Kalinka", "Long Road", "Two Guitars", "Meadowlands", Andreev's Waltz "Daydreams", Russian folk dance "Kamarinskaya", "Somewhere My Love" from "Dr. Zhivago" movie, "The Moon Is Shining Brightly", "The Peddlers", "Yablocko", "Ural Mountains Dance", "Angry Husband", Onegin's Name Day Waltz, Mozart's "Turkish Rondo", "Dark Eyes", "Gypsy Roma Medley", Shostakovich's Waltz #2, "Chardash", Balalaika Medley, "Valenki" (Felt Boots).

Manhattan Russian Music Duo, Balalaika, Garmoshka, Guitar, singers, Anyway Cafe, East Village, Cafe Anyway NYC, 34 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003-8909,  Phone (212) 533-3412, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina

Faith Food and Fellowship Festival, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, East Meadow, Long Island

On Saturday, August 31st, 2019 ensemble Barynya (Leonid Bruk, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov) provided three hours performance during Faith Food and Fellowship Festival-2019 at the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in East Meadow, Long Island from 12 to 3pm. The program of performance included Russian, Ukrainian, Cossack, Moldavian, Tatar, Jewish and Gypsy folk songs, music and dancing.

Russian Dancers Long Island, Faith Food and Fellowship Festival-2019, August 31st, 2019, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church (East Meadow, New York), 369 Green Ave East Meadow, New York, Russian balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, photo credit Ilene Schuss, www.facebook.com/ilene.schuss
View all photos from Faith Food and Fellowship Festival-2019. Photo credit Ilene Schuss, www.facebook.com/ilene.schuss

Lone Tree Arts Center, Lone Tree, Colorado

Russian dancers, singers and musicians of ensemble Barynya performed 90 min concert at the Lone Tree Arts Center in Lone Tree, Colorado on Saturday, March 9th, 2019. Cast of Barynya ensemble included dancers Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov, Vladimir Nikitin, Olga Chpitalnaia, Katia Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Alisa Egorova, and musicians Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals). Dancers performed Moldavian dance, Sailors' dance, Barynya, Kalinka, Hopak, Danila Cooper, Jewish wedding dances (Bottle dance, Candle dance), Siberian, Gypsy, Cossack, and other selections. Exact address of the venue: Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree CO 80124.

Ensemble Barynya, Colorado, Russian dancers, Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, Lone Tree CO 80124, Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov, Vladimir Nikitin, Olga Chpitalnaia, Katia Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Alisa Egorova, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
Ensemble Barynya, Colorado, Russian dancers, Lone Tree Arts Center, Alexander Rudoy, Konstantin Tulinov, Vladimir Nikitin, Olga Chpitalnaia, Katia Brovkina, Valentina Kvasova, Alisa Egorova, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov

Concert at the Freeport High School in Freeport, New York

On Saturday, October 13th, 2018 ensemble Barynya performed 90 min concert sponsored by Freeport Community Concert Association (FCCA) at the Freeport High School, 50 S Brookside Ave, Freeport, NY 11520. Cast of Barynya ensemble included Vladimir Nikitin, Irina Zagornova, Leonid Bruk, Valentina Kvasova, Alexander Rudoy, Simona Zhukovski, Serhiy Tsyganok, Irina Biryukova, Konstantin Tulinov, Olga Yeliseyeva, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ilia Pankratov, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, and Mikhail Smirnov.

Russian Dance, Song and Music ensemble Barynya, Artistic Director Mikhail Smirnov, Saturday, October 13, 2018, Freeport High School, Freeport Community Concert Association, FCCA, Freeport, Long Island, New York, photo credit Yuriy Balan, Valentina Kvasova, Alexander Rudoy, Simona Zhukovski, Serhiy Tsyganok, Irina Biryukova, Konstantin Tulinov, Olga Yeliseyeva, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ilia Pankratov, Vladimir Nikitin, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Irina Zagornova, Alisa Egorova
all photos from Freeport High School

Russian Birthday party with Cheburashka, Bear, garmoshka, and balalaika

Russian Birthday party with dancing Bear, live garmoshka and balalaika, famous Russian Soviet Birthday song "Пусть бегут неуклюже пешеходы по лужам" composed by Vladimir Shainsky as well as appearance of the Cheburashka, as well as traditional Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Tatar, Jewish and Gypsy dancing took place near Philadelphia in Pennsylvania on Saturday, December 8th, 2018. Happy Birthday, Yura!

Russian dancers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Alisa Egorova, Vladimir Nikitin, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina
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Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival in Astoria, Queens, April 2018

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 during performance of ensemble Barynya at the Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival on Steinway Street (between Broadway & 31st Avenue) in Astoria, Queens. Dancers: Vladimir Nikitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Alisa Egorova. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, vocals), Gypsy Boulevard Vasily Romani (singer, 7 string Russian guitar).

Ensemble Barynya, Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival, Astoria, Queens, Vladimir Nikitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Gypsy Boulevard Vasily Romani
Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival in Astoria, Queens

Concert with Klezmer band at the Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, New York, Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Elina Karokhina, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York, Sunday, August 26th, 2018 Elina Karokhina, Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York, Sunday, August 26th, 2018
Concert with Klezmer band at the Congress Park in Saratoga Springs, New York, Sunday, August 26th, 2018

Druzhba Ohr Natan Rego Park Community Center and Synagogue, Rego Park, Queens, July 2018

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Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Druzhba Ohr Natan Rego Park Community Center and Synagogue, Rego Park, Queens, July 26, 2018

BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, July 2018

Mikhail Smirnov, Volodymyr Marunych, Elina Karokhina, Natalia Marunych, Leonid Bruk, Tetiana Khomenko, BDAA 40th Anniversary conference, BDAA-2018, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA July 2018 Elina Karokhina, BDAA-2018, Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA July 2018
Valley Forge Casino Resort, BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference of Balalaika and Domra Association of America Orchestra, King Of Prussia, Pennnsylvania, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
BDAA-2018, 40th Anniversary conference of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, Valley Forge Casino Resort, King Of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA, July 16, 2018

Performance at the Garden of Joy Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York, July 9, 2018

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Garden of Joy Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York, July 9, 2018

Bard Music Festival, Hudson Сollege, Amenia, New York, June 2018

Elina Karokhina, Bard Music Festival, Hudson Сollege, Amenia, New York, June 2018 Elina Karokhina, Bard Music Festival, Hudson Сollege, Amenia, New York, June 2018
Elina Karokhina, Bard Music Festival, Hudson Сollege, Amenia, New York, June 2018

Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival in Astoria, Queens, April 2018

Sunday, April 29th, 2018 during performance of ensemble Barynya at the Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival on Steinway Street (between Broadway & 31st Avenue) in Astoria, Queens. Dancers: Vladimir Nikitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Alisa Egorova. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, vocals), Gypsy Boulevard Vasily Romani (singer, 7 string Russian guitar).

Ensemble Barynya, Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival, Astoria, Queens, Vladimir Nikitin, Konstantin Tulinov, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Alisa Egorova, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Gypsy Boulevard Vasily Romani
Steinway Street Fair International Cultural Festival in Astoria, Queens

Noble Nest, White Lake, New York, October 2017

Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Noble Nest, White Lake, New York
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Fort Lauderdale Grand Russian Ball, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Florida, February 2017

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian balalaika duo, Black Tie Gala, Fort Lauderdale Grand Russian Ball 2017, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, 75th Anniversary of Florida Grand Opera, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312, Saturday February 11th 2017 Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian balalaika duo, Black Tie Gala, Fort Lauderdale Grand Russian Ball 2017, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, 75th Anniversary of Florida Grand Opera, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312, Saturday February 11th 2017
Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian balalaika duo, Black Tie Gala, Fort Lauderdale Grand Russian Ball 2017, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, 75th Anniversary of Florida Grand Opera, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312, Saturday February 11th 2017 Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian balalaika duo, Black Tie Gala, Fort Lauderdale Grand Russian Ball 2017, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, 75th Anniversary of Florida Grand Opera, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312, Saturday February 11th 2017 Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian balalaika duo, Black Tie Gala, Fort Lauderdale Grand Russian Ball 2017, Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, 75th Anniversary of Florida Grand Opera, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312, Saturday February 11th 2017
Russian balalaika duo at the Black Tie Gala, Fort Lauderdale Grand Russian Ball 2017 at the Mary Porter Riverview Ballroom, 75th Anniversary of Florida Grand Opera at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 Southwest 5th Ave, Fort Lauderdale FL 33312.

LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin, February 11th, 2018

Ensemble Barynya, Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival led by world celebrated singer Nikolai Massenkoff, performed at LuCille Tack Center for the Arts in Spencer, Wisconsin Sunday, February 11th, 2018. Dancers Simona Zhukovski, Vladimir Nikitin, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, vocals), Stas Vengelevski (bayan). Exact address of the LuCille Tack Center for the Arts is 400 School Street, P.O. Box 337, Spencer, WI 54479. Program of performance included Kalinka, The Moon is Shining, Russkoye Polye, Korobushka, Metelitsa, Tatar dance, Ural Mountain dance, Tyomnaiya Noch', Katyusha, Tatarskiy Taneyts, Kamarinskaia, Along The Pitersakia, Cossack dance, Valenkee, Gypsy dance, Moscow Nights, Ochee Chorniye, Dorogoi Dlinnoyou, Hopak, If I Were A Rich Man, Barynya, Somewhere My Love, and other selections.

LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin, Nikolai Massenkoff, Simona Zhukovski, Vladimir Nikitin, Serhiy Tsyganok, Dinara Subaeva, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Stas Vengelevski
LuCille Tack Center for the Arts, Spencer, Wisconsin

University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, October 2017

Olga Douglas, Simona Zhukovski, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Valentina Kvasova, Dinara Subaeva, Vladimir Nikitin, University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Ensemble Barynya: Olga Douglas, Simona Zhukovski, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Valentina Kvasova, Dinara Subaeva, Vladimir Nikitin, University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Studzinski Concert Hall of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, September 16, 2017

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Studzinski Concert Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, September 16, 2017
Photo after performance at the Studzinski Concert Hall of Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, September 16, 2017

Lakeside Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York, September 2017

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Barynya Balalaika Trio, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Leonid Bruk, Lakeside Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, New York

Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York, August 2017

Barynya Russian Song, Music & Dance Ensemble, Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov, Simona Zhukovsky, Dinara Subaeva, Vladimir Nikitin, Alisa Egorova, Konstantin Tulinov, Serghiy Tshnok. Photos made by Donna Davis, Ms. Davis Photography
Leonid Bruk, Elina Karokhina, Valentina Kvasova, Mikhail Smirnov, Simona Zhukovsky, Dinara Subaeva, Vladimir Nikitin, Alisa Egorova, Konstantin Tulinov, Serghiy Tshnok. Photos made by Donna Davis, Ms. Davis Photography

Russian Adoption Reunion-2017 at the Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove, California, July 22, 2017

Russian dance, song and music ensemble Barynya performed 30 min concert during Russian Adoption Reunion-2017 event at the Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove, California on Saturday, July 22, 2017. Exact address of the venue: Great Wolf Lodge, 12681 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840. The program of the performance included Russian traditional dance "Barynya", Russian folk button accordion garmoshka (Russian: Гармошка) introduction with traditional Russian song "Saturday Affair" ("Subboteya"), Russian traditional Khorovod song and dance "The Snowstorm" (Russian: "Метелица"), introduction of the Russian traditional string instrument balalaika (instrumental solo of folk tune "Kamarinskaiya" (Russian: "Камаринская"), Cossack marching song and dance "Pri Luzhke", Russian Jewish wedding dance with Candles ("Свечка"), Russian Roma (Romani) Gypsy song and dance "Dark Eyes" (Russian: Очи чёрные - Цыганский), Russian Tongue-Twisters Medley (Russian: "Скороговорки"), Felt Boots ("Валенки"), Ukrainian folk song and dance "Pidmanula" - "You Tricked Me" ("Украинский"), "Sabre Dance" ("Танец с саблями"), Russian folk dance "Kalinka", and other selections.

Lilia Babenko, Elina Karokhina, Alisa Egorova, Mikhail Smirnov, Russian Adoption Reunion-2017, Great Wolf Lodge, Garden Grove, California

Corporate event at the Siberian Floors NYC, July 12, 2017

Leny Kushnir, Vladimir Nikitin, Dinara Subaeva, Leonid Bruk, Mikhail Smirnov, Alexandre Tsytlin, Elina Karokhina, Siberian Floors NYC, July 12, 2017

Matryoshka Festival, Clinton, Massachusetts, Sunday, May 14, 2017

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Matryoshka Festival, Clinton, Massachusetts, Sunday, May 14, 2017 Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Matryoshka Festival, Clinton, Massachusetts, Sunday, May 14, 2017

День Победы в Коннектикуте - Victory Day in Weston, CT, May 2017

День Победы в Коннектикуте, Victory Day Celebration, Weston, CT
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Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence, South Carolina, April 8th, 2017

Alla Melnik, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence, South Carolina, April 8th, 2017
Concert at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, Florence, South Carolina, April 8th, 2017

Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, January 28, 2017

Barynya Balalaika Trio, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, Arizona Balalaika Orchestra, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, January 28, 2017 Barynya Balalaika Trio, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, Arizona Balalaika Orchestra, Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, January 28, 2017
Barynya Balalaika Trio, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk. Concert with Arizona Balalaika Orchestra at the Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona on January 28, 2017

Russian festival, New Russia Cultural Center, Rensselaer, NY, 2016

Ensemble Barynya (from left to right) Andrei Kisselev, Elina Karokhina, Yana Volkova, Alisa Egorova, Aleena Kisselev, Mikhail Smirnov, New Russia Cultural Center, Rensselaer, New York
Ensemble Barynya, (from left to right) Andrei Kisselev,  Elina Karokhina, Yana Volkova, Alisa Egorova, Aleena Kisselev, Mikhail Smirnov, New Russia Cultural Center, Rensselaer, New York
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Saturday, August 6th, 2016, Adult Day Health Care Center "Zabota", Allston, Massachusetts

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BDAA conference 2016, Courtyard Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, July 22, 2016

Elina Karokhina, BDAA conference 2016, Courtyard Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, July 22, 2016
BDAA conference 2016, Courtyard Bloomington, Bloomington, Indiana, July 22, 2016

BAZAAR, International Festival, West Windsor Township, New Jersey, May 22, 2016

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, International Festival, New Jersey, May 2016
Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, International BAZAAR Festival, New Jersey, May 2016

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, BAZAAR, International Festival, West Windsor Township, New Jersey, May 22, 2016 Elina Karokhina, BAZAAR, International Festival, West Windsor Township, New Jersey, May 22, 2016 Elina Karokhina, BAZAAR, International Festival, West Windsor Township, New Jersey, May 22, 2016
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Public Library, Orlando, Florida, April 2016

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Public Library, Orlando, Florida, April 2016
Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Public Library, Orlando, Florida, April 2016

Sunrise Adult Day Healthcare Center, Brooklyn, New York, December 25, 2015

Elina Karokhina, Sunrise Adult Day Healthcare Center, Brooklyn, New York, December 25, 2015

Synodal Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign, New York, New York, 02-22-2015

NY Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, New York, Russian Orthodox, Maslenitsa Celebration, Synodal Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign, February 22, 2015  Balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, Prince Vladimir K. Galitzine, New York, Russian Orthodox Maslenitsa Celebration, Synodal Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign, February 22, 2015  NY Balalaika Duo, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, New York, Russian Orthodox, Maslenitsa Celebration, Synodal Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign, February 22, 2015

NY Balalaika Duo {Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov} performed during Russian Orthodox Maslenitsa (блины и прощённое воскресенье) celebration at the Synodal Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of the Sign, 75 East 93rd Street, New York, NY 10128-1331 on Sunday, February 22, 2015. On the photo in the middle balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina with Prince Vladimir K. Galitzine.

Barynya Balalaika Trio in Greenwich, Connecticut (private party, October 2015)

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Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition "Faberge Revealed", Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013.

Photo from concert at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) during exhibition "Faberge Revealed" in Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013. All photos made by Shawn Fitzgerald Photography are available on Barynya website.

Barynya performance at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM), exhibition Faberge Revealed, Salem, Massachusetts, USA, July 2013, Shawn Fitzgerald Photography
All photos from Barynya performance at the "Faberge Revealed" exhibition, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, July 2013, Shawn Fitzgerald Photography.

Russian wedding in Cancun, Mexico, 2013

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian wedding, Cancun, Mexico
Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Russian wedding, Cancun, Mexico

Morristown, New Jersey, December 31st 2012

Barynya in Morristown, New Jersey, USA
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October 21, 2012. Middle Country Public Library, Selden, New York

Russian dance and music ensemble Barynya. Concert October 21st, 2012. Middle Country Public Library, 575 MC Road, Selden, New York
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Georgian dance and Russian Gypsy song & music concert in Yonkers, NY


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June 28th, 2012, Gypsy show in Philadelphia, PA

Gypsy Trio in PA
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Oak View Elementary School, Fairfax, Virginia, March 9th, 2012

NY Balalaika Trio, Elina Karokhina, Boulat Moukhametov, Mikhail Smirnov, Oak View Elementary School, Fairfax, Virginia, March 9th, 2012
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State Capella of Saint Petersburg, St.Petersburg, Russia, February 27, 2012.

Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov were invited to perform at the concert dedicated to celebration of 80th jubilee of Mr. Nikolai Aleksandrovich Shubin, famous teacher of the balalaika and domra. Elina and Mikhail played very difficult medley that consisted of Russian folk songs, classical and popular hits. The concert took place at the "State Capella of Saint Petersburg", one of the most prestigious concert halls in St. Petersburg, Russia located at Naberezhnaya Reky Moiki, #20, metro (subway station) "Nevsky Prospekt". All photos and videos are available at st.petersburg.russia.htm

State Capella of Saint Petersburg, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov
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Private party, Long Island, New York

Singer Irina Fogelson, balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina, violinist Eduard Glushkin, bayan player Gennady Gutkin, and Semyon Lemberskiy (guitar, bass, balalaika) provided 3 hours of music and songs for the private party on Long Island

Irina Fogelson, Elina Karokhina, Eduard Glushkin, Gennady Gutkin, Semyon Lemberskiy

Birthday party, New York City, 2012

Alexadre Tseytlin, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Pasha Zhivago, Birthday party, New York City
Alexadre Tseytlin, Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Pasha Zhivago, Birthday party, New York City

January 8, 2012, Showcase for the Association of Performing Arts Presenters-2012, New York City

Ensemble "BARYNYA" and "THE SNOW MAIDEN" (Musical) showcases during Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) annual booking conference at the Hilton Hotel NYC (at 54th Street), 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York, USA. Cast: singer Alexander Menshikov, Mikhail Smirnov (guitar, garmoshka, vocals), Leonid Bruk (contrabass-balalaika), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Andrei Kisselev, Boulat Moukhametov, Alexander Rudoy, Anna Brovkina, Olga Chpitalnaia, Valentina Kvasova.


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Barynya, APAP|NYC|2012, New York City, January 8th, 2012
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Russian-American Wedding at the Garrison, Garrison, New York

On Saturday, September 17th, 2011 musicians and dancers of Russian dance, song, and music ensemble Barynya provided music and entertainment during mixed Russian-American wedding in Garrison, New York. Cast of Barynya included Danila Sherstobitov (dancer), Ilia Pankratov (dancer), Olga Chpitalnaia (dancer), Anna Brovkina (dancer), Leinid Bruk (contrabass balalaika player), Mikhail Smirnov (singer, garmoshka, and guitar player), and balalaika virtuoso Elina Karokhina. Exact address of the venue: The Garrison, 2015 US 9, Garrison, New York 10524. Address for GPS: 1 Snakehill Rd, Garrison, NY 10524.

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Concert at the United States West Point Military Academy, West Point, New York

Balalaika Trio perfored a formal concert at the West Point Military Academy on April 16th, 2015. Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Leonid Bruk (balalaika-contrabass) played a mix of popular, classical and traditional music and songs from Russia and from around the world. Program of performance included Andreev's Waltz, Russian folk song Kamarinskaya, Dr. Zhivago, The Moon Is Shining Brightly, Peddlers, Yablocko, Ural Mountain dance, Angry Husband, Onegin's Name Day Waltz, Russian Tongue Twisters, Mozart Turkish Rondo, Russian Folk Songs Medley, Dark Eyes, Gypsy Roma Medley, Shostakovich Waltz #2, Chardash, Balalaika Medley, Valenki (Felt Boots).

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, West Point Military Academy, NY Balalaika Trio, Russian music, garmoshka, songs, balalaika-contrabass
Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk, West Point Military Academy

Lake Side Adult Care, Brooklyn, New York, August 17th 2011

trio Barynya performance in Brooklyn, NY, August 2011
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August 12 2011, School concert, dance and music workshop in New York City
P035M @ Bellevue Hopital Center, 462 First Avenue, New York, NY 10016

Russian dance, music show and workshop, NYC, 8-12-2011 Russian dance, music show and workshop, NYC, 8-12-2011
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Troika Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania. Memorial Day 2011.

Elina Karokhina, Barynya, Erie, Pennsylvania, Troika Festival, Church of the Nativity
Elina Karokhina. View all photos and videos from TROIKA Festival organized by the Church of the Nativity in Erie, PA.

Friday, March 11th, Old York Road Temple - Beth Am, Abington, Pennsylvania

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Abington, PA, March 2011
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February 2011, concert in Los Angeles, California.

Ensemble Barynya: Leonid Bruk, Alexander Menshikov, Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Los Angeles, California, February 2011. Photo by Leonid Bruk
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concert in Los Angeles, California, February 2011.

Concert at the public school # 91, Brooklyn, New York, Jan 26, 2011
Photo and editing by Leonid Bruk

Elina Karokhina, Photo and editing by Leonid Bruk
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Multicultural school assembly. Russian dance and music, dance workshop. January 26, 2011, Brooklyn, New York
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Performance during basketball game NJ NETS vs Utah JAZZ on January 19th, 2011 at the Prudential Center arena in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Musicians Alexandre Tseytlin (violin), Leonid Bruk (bass, balalaika-contrabass), Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar), singer Alexander Menshikov, and singer Irina Zagornova entertained during the New Jersey Nets VIP reception. The guest list included NETS owner (Mikhail Prokhorov), the Russian Ambassador to the UN (H.E. Vitaly Ivanovich Churkin), and the Russian Consul General (Honorable Andrey Konstantinovich Yushmanov).

Russian band NJ NETS January 19, 2011
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December 2010, TMPlaza, Hong Kong, China

Barynya in Hong Kong
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December 16th, 2010 Russian consulate NYC, New York, USA

Elina Karokhina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk and singer Irina Zagornova at the RUSAL USA corporate party.

Barynya at the Russian Consulate NYC
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Photos from ensemble Barynya's concert tour in Florida. December 2010.

Ensemble Barynya tour in Florida, December 2010
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Saturday, November 20th, 2010
Cincinnati Opera's 2010 Ball “An Evening Under the Tsars”
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel, Cincinnati, OH

Barynya Cincinnati, Ohio 2010
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October 2010, Anyway cafe, New York City

Mikhail Smirnov, Elina Karokhina, Anyway Cafe, New York City, 2010
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Untermyer Park, Yonkers, New York, August 2010

Elina Karohkina, Mikhail Smirnov, Leonid Bruk
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July 25, 2010, Northern Adult Care Center, Brooklyn, NY

On Sunday, July 25th, 2010 Elina Karokhina performed two concerts with New York based guitar player Alexey Efimenko at the Northern Adult Care Center, 1 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215. The program of performance included Russian, Gypsy, Ukrainian and Jewish music as well as several classical pieces.

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April 29th, 2010. Balalaika Piano Duo, wedding ceremony in Boston, MA

Balalaika/Piano Duo led by Elina Karokhina provided music for wedding ceremony on April 29th, 2010 in Boston, MA. The music included The Swan (Le Cygne) from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens, "Here Comes The Bride" Wedding March, J.S.Bach - Arioso from Cantata BWV 156 (Adagio), Ave Maria - Schubert, "CANON IN D" by PACHELBEL, WEDDING MARCH by MENDELSSOHN, "CLAIR DE LUNE" by DEBUSSY, and other selections.

Balalaika and Piano Duo, Classical Music for wedding ceremony, Elina Karokhina

April 9, 2010, Toronto, Canada

Friday, April 9th, 2010, Old Mill Inn, 21 Old Mill Road, Toronto, Ontario, M8X 1G5 CANADA, Winter Palace Ball and the Gala Charity Fundraiser benefitting Ruskoka, a summer camp for underprivileged children. Musicians: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Leonid Bruk (contrabass balalaika), Yan Khmel (bayan), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Valery Abramov (tenor-saxophone), Oleg Sorin (trumpet).

Barynya at the Winter Palace Ball, Toronto, Canada
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March 5, 2010, Boston, Massachusetts

Barynya in Boston, Massachusetts
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Article about Elina Karokhina in the BDAA newsletter

BDAA newsletter is the official Journal of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America.

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BDAA newsletter about Lina Karokhina
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Article about performance in Atlanta - "The BDAA Newsletter"


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Fox Hills Adult Community, Friday, January 1st, 2010

1209 Hamilton Drive, Rockaway, NJ 07866. Ensemble Barynya cast: Elina Karokhina (balalaika), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar), Alexey Klyuchnikov (dancer, costumed characters), Anya Zeenenko (dancer).

 
Barynya concert in Rockaway, New Jersey, 2010
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Ridgewood, New Jersey, November 29th, 2009
Ridgewood Public Library, photos by Bill Grae

 
Elina Karokhina
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Los Angeles, California, November 14th, 2009
Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County

 
Barynya, Los Angeles, California, November 2009
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Lina Karokhina
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Military Ensemble of Northern-Western Order, St. Petersburg, Russia

Elina Karokhina, Ansambl' Vnutrennikh Voisk Rossii Severo-Zapadnogo Okruga   Elina Karokhina, Ansambl' Vnutrennikh Voisk Rossii Severo-Zapadnogo Okruga   Elina Karokhina, Ansambl' Vnutrennikh Voisk Rossii Severo-Zapadnogo Okruga

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September 1987 (with Chicken Yasha) - Сентябрь 1987, фото с курочкой Яшей

Elina Karokhina with Chicken Yasha, September 1987, Leningrad, Russia, Элина Карохина с курочкой Яшей, Ленинград, Россия, сентябрь 1987
Elina Karokhina with her Chicken Yasha, September 1987, Leningrad, Russia, Элина Карохина с курочкой Яшей, Ленинград, Россия, сентябрь 1987

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