| Welcome to the Web home of the Washington Balalaika Society. Here you will find information about the WBS Orchestra, our Ensembles, our performance schedule and lots more. If you're a musician yourself and live in the Washington area you may be interested in when and where we rehearse, how to join the Society or instruction on the domra, balalaika, bayan or guitar. If you're a lover of fine music, you'll want to know where we'll be appearing this season, who will be performing with us and how you can get tickets to our concerts.
The WBS is a community-based orchestra of more than 60 musicians with a mixture of amateur and professional training. We work hard to earn and maintain our reputation as one of the finest of our genre.
We are also a community of friends. Members thoroughly enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the group and we encourage others of all ages to join in the fun -- after all, as the saying goes, "We don't stop playing because we grow old - we grow old because we stop playing."
We are especially pleased to celebrate our eleventh concert season with our conductor and artistic director, Svetlana Nikonova. Ms. Nikonova is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, and previously worked with the world-renowned Andreyev Balalaika Orchestra there. She is a talented arranger and domra professional as well as an experienced conductor, and we look forward to another outstanding concert season under her leadership.
Whatever your reason for visiting, we're glad you did and hope to have the opportunity to meet you in person. We're always happy to hear from you, and we encourage you to stop by often.
Jan Bohm, President
Programs presented by The Washington Balalaika Society are supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts; the Alexandria Commission for the Arts; and the Arts Council of Fairfax County, supported by Fairfax County
To learn more about these organizations and their important
role in supporting the arts in Virginia, click on the logos above
The Balalaika and Domra Associaton of America
The House of Musical Traditions
Takoma Park, Maryland
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DON'T MISS OUR 2013
SPRING CONCERT WEEKEND
"ALIVE AT TWENTY-FIVE"
Saturday, May 18 at 7:30 pm
Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church
6601 Bradley Boulevard
Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 pm
Yorktown High School
5200 Yorktown Boulevard
Check here often for
presentations by WBS' talented
ensembles -- Russkie Musikanti
and The Beltway Balalaikas
* Saturday, May 11, 3 - 4:00 pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Library,
4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA
* Tuesday, June 11 at Noon
Beltway Balalaikas ~ Freedom Park
behind the WJLA building in Rosslyn.
* Saturday, July 20, 7:30-8:30 pm
Russian Cultural Heritage Festival
Ossian Hall, 7900 Heritage Drive,
Sunday, July 21, 6:00 pm
Lubber Run Amphitheatre
N. 2nd and Columbus Streets,
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