New West Symphony, prefacing Tchaikovsky 4 with balalaika music

Posted on: March 30, 2016

For the New West Symphony’s upcoming concerts featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, the orchestra has invited the Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra to perform Russian folk music prior to the main performance. The balalaika ensemble—formed in 1995 and featuring the domra, bayan, and gusli as well as balalaikas—will perform an hour before each of three performances on March 31, April 1, and April 2 in Santa Monica, Oxnard, and Thousand Oaks, California. The final movement of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 incorporates the Russian folk song “In the Field Stood a Birch Tree.” The New West Symphony concerts, led by Music Director Marcelo Lehninger, will also feature Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Ko-Eun Yi, and Canto by Los Angeles-based composer Adam Schoenberg.

Posted March 30, 2016