Festive Music Played on Authentic Handmade Russian Folk Instruments. Selections include slavic music, gypsy music, and pop music.
The Beltway Balalaikas were organized in 1997 as a small ensemble within the fifty-five piece orchestra of the Washington Balalaika Society, the largest Russian folk orchestra in the country.
The group includes founding members Janet Bohm (prima balalaika), Kathy Hulan (sekunda balalaika), and Dick Hulan (kontrabass balalaika). They are joined by WBS orchestra conductor Svetlana Nikonova (prima domra) and her husband Vladimir Zakharevich (bayan), both of whom studied Russian folk instruments at the music conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. All members of the Beltway Balalaikas live in Fairfax County, and appear regularly in concerts of the WBS orchestra in the area.
Some places where the Beltway Balalaikas have performed:
Embassy of The Russian Federation,
Embassy of the United Kingdom,
Embassy of Uzbekistan,
Russian New Year's Ball, Mayflower Hotel,
Baltimore Ukrainian Festival,
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria,
First Night, Alexandria,
Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Baltimore,
St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral,
Balalaika and Domra Association of America (BDAA) Convention, Pittsburgh,
BDAA Convention, Washington, DC,
Russian National Day at the Embassy of Russia,
Kennedy Center Terrace,
University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg,
The Marriott Wardman Park Hotel,
Pilgrim United Church of Christ, Wheaton,
New Millennium Unity First Inaugural Ball,
University of Wisconsin, Madison Campus,
The Byham Theater, Pittsburgh,
The Ernst Cultural Center, NVCC,