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Golden Gates - Program

Moscow Nights/Golden Gates offers audiences an entertaining and authentic 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, including audience participation though clapping and learning Russian songs and words. Lilting balalaikas, dynamic bayan accordion, unique Treshotki and Loshky, humorous dances, and superb vocals combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages.

Award-winning musical ambassadors from Russia, "Moscow Nights" is an exciting, versatile group of world-recognized, prize-winning musicians. Having established themselves as one of the fastest rising musical groups in the United States, these classically trained artists first took Western Europe by storm and now are bringing their enthralling music to North America. Led by Vitaliy Bezrodnov, the group was initially formed under his direction in Kaluga, Russia in the late 1980’s. After Conservatory studies, they regrouped in 1996 in the United States. 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 Performing Arts Centers to Concert series and cultural festival nationwide. They also initiated a charity program entitled Music in Mission and Rotary Children’s Fund which raises money for the orphans of Russia.

In 1993 the company Golden Gates was created in St. Petersburg, Russia. Drawing upon students from the Cultural Arts Centers and Schools, these children became the first members of the group, and they began performing at various cultural events, folk festivals and concerts throughout Russia and Europe. Currently young artists ranging in ages from 12 to 21, the group is now including Russian and Georgian dancers. Moscow Nights/Golden Gates are embarking upon their tenth tour of the United States, receiving rave reviews across the country.

Sampling of Music, Songs, and Dances

Komarinskaya/Ohtinskoe Gulianie – Country Dance
Vorotza – Country Dance
Mozart – Rondo All Turka
Tchaikovsky – Russian Dance from Nutcracker
Quadrille – Instrumental for Country Quadrille
Acharulli – South Georgia Dance
Katusha – Russian Song
Quadrille/Horovod – Traditional Russian Dances with Audience Participation
Volga Boatmen – Russian Song
Zavalinka – Russian Celebration Dance
Oi, Kalina – Lyric Russian Song
Caucasian Dance/Lesginka – Most Famous Dance from Caucasian Mountains
Ah Bereza – Siberian Variations
Saratov Sorting Out/Saratovskie perebori – Medley of folk melodies and songs with audience participation
Kalinka – Most famous Russian Dance
Varinka – Cossacks Song and Dance
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