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M-Prize Winner! Russian Renaissance

  • Rackham Auditorium (map)


Performing with Russian Renaissance on their UMS Debut.

The grand prize winner of the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance’s 2017 M-Prize competition, Russian Renaissance presents “high caliber traditional folk music through a modern lens.”

With their professional debut in October 2015, the quartet — which includes balalaika (a Russian stringed instrument with a unique triangular body), domra (a long-necked Russian instrument from the lute family), button accordion, and contrabass balalaika — brings together tradition and modernity in unique crossover and fusion styles. Their M-Prize appearance featured works ranging from tango to Russian folksongs to Duke Ellington, creating a fun, yet soulful approach.

Earlier Event: January 26
SPLICE Festival
Later Event: February 18
Blueprints Piano Series: Ghosts