Fall in love with Balalaika! You may ask, WHAT is the Balalaika?
It’s a three stringed, triangular Russian instrument that in a Master’s hands is astonishing! Hear the multiple award winning masters of Balalaika LIVE at First Unity Spiritual Campus.
The balalaika is the three-stringed traditional Russian instrument, which in a master’s hands has an astonishing sound! Such is the case with Ensemble LAD, the multiple award-winning masters of balalaika, and crowd favorites on Russian television, at clubs and festivals. They come directly to the First Unity Spiritual Campus from Moscow! Equally talented Russian sensation (and now Tampa Bay’s own) elegant vocalist Elona Krasavtseva fronts the LAD Ensemble, working her ethereal soprano magic. Together, the LAD Ensemble and Krasavtseva perform a variety of music – from Bach, Paganini, and Villa-Lobos, to modern-day and famous film soundtracks that will make you fall in love with Balalaika.
Alexander Sunyaykin (Bayan, vocals)
Andrei Matveev (Balalaika-prima, vocals)
Vladimir Nesterenko (Domra alto, vocals)
Stanislav Sabadash (Balalaika-double bass, vocals)
Mikhail Tregubov (drums)
Elona Krasavtseva is a winner of three international vocal competitions in London, UK, Moscow, Russia and Minsk, Belarus, she is also a winner of All-Russian competition “National Treasure”. She is a graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University, where she studied Russian and European folklore. Elona performed in Australia, Canada, UK, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Ukraine. Elona now resides in Tampa Bay and is a founder of Music and Poetry Club of Florida.
Ensemble LAD was created in 1997 by graduates of Glinka Novosibirsk State Conservatory. They won several Russian national music awards and became finalists on the TV show “Minute of Fame”. The ensemble performed at philharmonic concert venues in 15 regions of Russia, as well as in Moscow clubs and open-air festivals.
Tickets: $25 reserved seats: general admission $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Child care is available for ages 2 – 11 for this event. $10 one child, $5 each additional child, same family. The First Unity Child Care team has received training and certification in Babysitting and Child Care from the American Red Cross. Let our Certified Child Care staff care for your child in a safe space in the same building you will be attending the performance.