Story last updated at 6/3/2009 - 12:15 pm
SITKA - The Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA) will hold their 31st annual convention in Sitka for the first time this year, and present a gala concert entitled "A Festival of Russian Music."
The convention will be held July 19-25. This unique experience in Russian and East European music and dance will bring together approximately 100 members and guests from across the nation and internationally. There will be a program of workshops, lectures, social events, orchestra rehearsals and concerts throughout the week.
The gala concert will be presented on Friday, July 24 at 7:30 pm at the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center. The concert will include appearances by Alexander Tsygankov, prima domra soloist from Moscow, Russia; Bibs Ekkel, prima balalaika soloist from London, England; balalaika ensembles from cities throughout the United States; Sitka's New Archangel Dancers, the SitNiks; and the nearly 100-piece BDAA Festival orchestra.
This exciting event will be hosted by Sitka ensembles: New Archangel Dancers - a group performing dances of Russia and surrounding regions; and SitNiks - a music ensemble specializing in Russian and East European music.
BDAA was founded in 1978 to perpetuate the study and the performance of Russian and East European music on traditional folk instruments - the balalaika, domra, bayan, and folk wind and percussion instruments, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and developments concerning these instruments and music. The BDAA now has an international membership of over 400, with connections to many orchestras and ensembles worldwide.
To register for the convention, visit the BDAA 2009 Convention website: www.bdaa2009.com, or call (907) 747-8083 for a registration form to be mailed to you.
For questions, contact Jeanne Stolberg, convention coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 747-8083.