The world-renowned Russian folk music group Zolotoj Plyos will be performing at the Memorial Union Great Hall Sunday, April 8 at 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the general public.
Originally from the Saratov Conservatory, the group has traveled throughout Russia gathering and transcribing the native folk music traditions of countless communities. They perform traditional folk songs and dances, accompanied by authentic Russian folk instruments. The group’s repertoire includes folk songs and instrumental pieces from various parts of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and other areas, and also features Romani music, Russian popular music, and Jewish music. The members of the ensemble play more than thirty Russian folk instruments, including the bayan, chromatic and diatonic accordions, the balalaika, domra, guitar, zhaleika, clarinet, saxophone, various percussion instruments, and Russian bells. The performances provide an energetic and interactive musical experience for listeners of all ages and linguistic backgrounds.
Since 2000, the ensemble has made more than five tours of the United States. They have performed at Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory, the main hall of the State Academic Choir in St. Petersburg, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Zolotoj Plyos has also directed the Russian Choir of the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College.
This event is sponsored by the Slavic Graduate Student Organization, the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, UW-Madison Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic, the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Center, and the Alice D. Mortenson/Petrovich Distinguished Chair in Russian History at UW-Madison.