Troy Savings Bank Music Hall: Accordion Virtuosi of Russia | Glinka, Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Tchaikovsky, Joplin, Strauss, and more

Wednesday, February 7th 2018 at 7:30 pm

We have a tendency to pigeonhole or typecast instruments. In 1943, Pavel Smirnov decided the accordion could be used for more than background music in French movies and formed Accordion Virtuosi of Russia. The waves of sound produced by this thirty plus accordion orchestra are astonishing.

The Accordian Vituosi ensemble consists of 11 accordions and 10 bayons, plus percussionists, electrice guitars, bass, and soloists. Founded during the Siege of Leningrad (1943) by Professor Pavel Smirnov, the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia survived the war and has gone on to secure a place on concert stages around the world. It has always been led by a member of the Smirnov family, first by Pavel’s sons and today by his grandson. As one can imagine, its repertoire ranges from folk music from many nations (not just Russia) to arrangements of rock songs, operatic arias, and even familiar classics. A typical program might include excerpts from West Side Story and the overture to Bizet’s Carmen to music of Prokofiev, Scott Joplin, Strauss Waltzes, Khachaturian’s Sabre Dance, and of course Tchaikovsky. In the hands of these musicians, the accordion takes on an entirely new dimension.

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