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Welcome to the Web home of the Washington Balalaika Society.  Here you will find information about the WBS Orchestra, our Ensembles, our performance schedule and lots more.  If you're a musician yourself and live in the Washington area you may be interested in when and where we rehearse, how to join the Society or instruction on the domra, balalaika or bayan.  If you're  a lover of fine music, you'll want to know where we'll be appearing this season, who will be performing with us and how you can get tickets to our concerts.

Within these pages you'll also find interesting  background on the origins and history of the Russian folk orchestra, descriptions of all of  the instruments we play, how to be a member of our Balalaika Guild, how to buy our CDs and a great deal more.

The WBS is a community-based orchestra of more than 50 musicians with a mixture of amateur and professional training.   We work hard to earn and maintain our reputation as one of the finest of our genre.

We are also a community of  friends. Members thoroughly enjoy the warmth and hospitality of the group and we encourage others of all ages to join in the fun -- after all, as the saying goes, "We don't stop playing because we grow old -- we grow old because we stop playing."

Our conductor and artistic director, Svetlana Nikonova, is a graduate of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia, and previously worked with the world-renowned Andreyev Balalaika Orchestra there.  She is a talented arranger and domra professional as well as an experienced conductor, and we look forward to many more outstanding  concert seasons under her leadership.

Whatever your reason for visiting, we're glad you did and hope to have the opportunity to meet you in person. We're always happy to hear from you, and we encourage you to stop by often.

Jan Bohm, President

Our Supporters

Programs presented by The Washington Balalaika Society are supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; the Arlington Cultural Affairs Division of Arlington Economic Development and the Arlington Commission for the Arts; the Alexandria Commission for the Arts; and the Arts Council of Fairfax County, supported by Fairfax County
To learn more about these organizations and their important role in supporting the arts in Virginia, click on the logos above

LOVE MUSIC?

Join the Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra and perform the music of Russia, Ukraine and eastern Europe. Traditional fretted Russian instruments available. Learn from conservatory-trained teachers. Seeking players (or those wanting to learn) balalaika, domra (Russian mandolin), bayan/accordion, and some orchestral wind and percussion instruments to join us in the Fall. Call 703-549-0760 for more information.

Next Performances

April 2017
Thursday, April 27, 2017
  7:30pm Concert Event
June 2017
Saturday, June 03, 2017
  8pm Spring Concert 2017
Sunday, June 04, 2017
  3pm Spring Concert 2017
July 2017
Sunday, July 02, 2017
  3pm Concert at Harris Pavilion
Saturday, July 22, 2017
  7:30pm WBS Performance at BDAA
August 2017
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
  7:30am Concert at Lee District Park
Sunday, August 20, 2017
  7:30am Concert at Mason District Park
September 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
  3pm Concert at Catonsville
Saturday, September 23, 2017
  7:30pm Concert at Stage Alive, Culpeper, VA
October 2017
Saturday, October 21, 2017
  6pm Concert at Russian Festival
Sunday, October 22, 2017
  4pm Beltway Balalaikas at Russian Festival
November 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
  8pm Fall Concert 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
  3pm Fall Concert 2017