Technically, 2023 is the 26th anniversary of the UW-Madison Russian Folk Orchestra’s founding. But as director Victor Gorodinsky said to WORT’s Peter Haney, there was the small matter of a global pandemic in 2022 that was still making live concerts difficult. So the ensemble is back with a bang and ready to perform at 7:30 on Saturday, May 20th at First Unitarian Society. Featuring a mix of old and new repertoire, the concert should remind everyone why the group is an audience favorite in Madison. Guest soloists will include David Cooper, balalaika (Atlanta, GA), Yuriy Kolosivskiy, domra (Madison), and 10-year-old singer Mila Vinogradova, vocals (Madison). In the interview, Mr. Gorodinsky discusses the ensemble’s origins, shares his own ideas about music, and shares highlights of the upcoming concert.
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