Svetlana Nikonova & Vladimir Zakharevich

Monday, May 19, 8:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring
$12 advance/$14 door

From St. Petersburg, Russia, Svetlana Nikonova is an acclaimed virtuoso performer on the Russian domra. She is an honors graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory, one of Russia's most prestigious post-graduate schools for folk instruments artists. Svetlana's husband and musical partner, Vladimir Zakharevich, is an equally distinguished player of the bayan, a Russian version of the accordion. The duo has performed extensively throughout Europe and will make their U.S. concert debut for IMT. Both laureates of numerous competitions in Russia, Svetlana and Vladimir include classical selections as well as folk arrangements in their extensive repertoire. The highly-regarded duo consistently amazes and delights audiences with their musical skill and their warmth of presentation of difficult material which they make look easy. Svetlana will spend the 2003 year as conductor in residence for the Washington Balalaika Society, America's largest orchestra of Russian Folk Instruments.

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