Russian trio to perform in North Metro Arts Series

By Elyse Kaner
Staff Writer

The Trio Voronezh will perform the third concert in the series Feb. 14 as part of Spring Lake Park District 16’s North Metro Performing Arts Series. But you don’t have to be a season’s ticket holder to attend. And single-concert tickets are still available for purchase.

The Russian Trio Voronezh performs Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., as part of the North Metro Performing Arts Series at Spring Lake Park District 16’s Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available online at www.northmetroperformingarts.com or at the door. Photo submitted

Individual tickets are $25. In a special sweetheart package for Valentine’s Day, tickets are two for $40. Student tickets are $10.

The Russian trio features a wide variety of music from classical to folk to contemporary.

The series, in its first year, is going well, said Ryan Julien, artistic coordinator from District 16. The performers in the first two concerts have received standing ovations.

“They’re (audience members) very thankful we’ve started this concert series,” Julien said. “They’re amazed at the quality and the artistry, the humor and the musicality of our performers.”

Audience members at the Feb. 14 concert will be treated to music from a repertoire of such composer giants as Bach, Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky. Shostakovich and Strauss are more examples. In the mood for something more modern? The group features songs by Gershwin. Russian folk songs and gypsy dance music further spice up the program.

Formed in 1993, the trio is named after Voronezh, a city in Russia. The three men comprising the trio,Vladimir Volokhin, Sergei Teleshev and Valerie Petrukhin, were classically trained at the Conservatory in the Voronezh.

The group was discovered playing Bach in a Frankfurt, Germany, subway station.

The men play traditional Russian folk instruments. Volokhin plays domra, a three-stringed ancestor of the mandolin; Teleshev plays the bajan, a chromatic-button accordion; and Petrukhin plays the double-bass balalaika, a three-stringed instrument with a triangular-shaped body made of fir wood.

The group has performed extensively throughout the United States, including an appearance on American Public Media’s “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keillor.

The next production, the last of four in the North Metro series, is the Kenya Safari Acrobats in a show titled “Lost in Africa.” The group features many amazing stunts rarely seen in North America, including Bed of Nails and High-flying Jump Rope. The performance is Wednesday, March 7. Tickets are $25 for adults. Students $10. For this production, the district is offering a family special, one child admitted free (K-12th grade) with one paid adult admission.

Concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Spring Lake Park Fine Arts Center, 1100 81 Ave. N.E. Tickets for both concerts are available at the door. For more information, visit www.NorthMetroPerformingArts.com or call 763-795-5929.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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