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Authentic glimpse into Old Russia
BETHEL – An authentic glimpse into Old Russia through the award-winning and world-recognized music and dance of the Golden Gates Company will be featured at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 5 at the Bingham Auditorium on Church Street.
The performance is the second in the 2011-2012 Gould Performing Arts Series presented by the Mahoosuc Arts Council. The same program will be presented for the Telstar middle and high school students and district home school and private school students January 4.
Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining glimpse into Old Russia through music, song, and dance. The repertoire is centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers.
The program is broad and varied, with something to appeal to everyone. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique trashotky and loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages. Led by Vitaliy Bezrodnov, the group was initially formed under his direction in Kaluga, Russia in the late 1980’s. After completing their Conservatory studies, they regrouped in 1996 in the United States.
In 1993, the company Golden Gates was created in St. Petersburg, Russia. Initially touring the Western states and the Hawaiian Islands, the group met with great acclaim due to their considerable talents and natural exuberance. Their venues have been as varied as First Night New Year’s Eve Celebrations to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. They also initiated a charity program entitled Music in Mission and Rotary Children’s Fund which raises money for the orphans of Russia.
Tickets of $5/$10/$15 are available at the door or by calling 824-3575. For links and more information, visit: www.mahoosucarts.org or 824-3575.