- The Oconomowoc Arts Center will present Russian Folk on
Friday and Saturday as part of its Cabaret Cafe Series.
is headed by accordion virtuoso Stas Venglevski, a nationally
known player recognized for his use of the bayan, a Russian
accordion that features a different tone and bass.
members of the band include vocalist Anna Kryukovskaya and
Misha Latvin, a master mandolinist and domra player. The trio
will perform traditional Russian folk favorites, many in their
native language, with some original compositions that hail
brilliant artistry and melody.
is a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former
Soviet Union. He is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music
in Moscow, where he received his master’s degree in music
under the famed Russian Bayanist Fredrich Lips. In 1992, he
immigrated to the U.S.
has performed in the United States, Canada and Europe. He is a
regular with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has
performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Tacoma
Symphony Orchestra. He has also done performances with Doc
Severinsen, Steve Allen and with Garrison Keillor on the
Prairie Home Companion show.
was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and began her vocal career
in Europe, where she won several international competitions.
Kryukovskaya came to the U.S. a few years ago and is regarded
as a master of the classical arias, romances, folk songs, jazz
and modern songs.
performed both as a soloist and with chamber orchestras in
Russia, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and the
U.S. She resides in the Milwaukee area and is a faculty member
at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
features an innovative musical adventure through such
favorites such as “Lara’s Theme” from “Doktor Zhivago,”
“March & Trepak” from “The Nutcracker” and
The 7 p.m.
shows on each night are in the OAC’s Little Theater.
Brian Shoemake will keep in line with the Russian theme by
presenting a menu of Russian beef stroganoff with crispy fried
potatoes, picked beet and cucumber salad, along with medovik -
a Russian honey cake for dessert.
soda and other beverages also will be available.