SPECIAL TO THE AJT //
Arts & Culture at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) presents two unique concerts in June 2013: The Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra (June 2), in which a premiere Russian folk orchestra performs delightful music on traditional Eastern European instruments; and “Jazz at the MJCCA – A Tribute to Dave Brubeck” (June 19), showcasing the work of an artist who bridged the jazz and classical worlds.
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The former will feature masters performing beautiful Old World melodies on the large stringed instruments known as balalaikas, domras and bayans. In addition to American-born musicians, the Atlanta Balalaika Society Orchestra – 30 musicians strong – includes members born in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Latvia and Sweden. The collective, founded in 1981, serves as the premier Russian folk orchestra in the Southeast and is one of the oldest in North America.
The latter is set to celebrate Brubeck, who reached a worldwide audience with his fantastic tunes for better than half a century. Four Atlanta musicians – Alan Dynin (piano), Marshall “Mac” Isseks (saxophones), Scott Glazer (bass) and Adrian Ash (drums) – team up to honor the late, great jazz ambassador.
Both concerts are suitable for all ages and will be held at the MJCCA’s Morris & Rae Frank Theatre. Tickets are $10 for MJCCA members and $15 for non-members; student and senior discounts available
To purchase tickets to either concert, call (678) 812-4002 or visit atlantajcc.org/boxoffice.