In Russia, accordion plays you

Russia seems to dominate political discussions these days. Overlooked in all this is the fact that, on better days, Russians lay down some tight folk music.

This Sunday, March 12, accordionist Stas Venglevski and dulcimer player Tatyana Krasnobaeva will perform at the World of Accordions Museum and Harrington Arts Center across the bridge in Superior, Wisconsin. The show starts at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20 per person.

From the press release:

The concert hall’s perfect acoustics will faithfully convey the delicate sounds of Tatyana’s cembalom (hammered dulcimer) and Stas’ Russian bayan accordion in solo and duet offerings of Russian folk, classical and original compositions. This is the first local opportunity to enjoy these instruments and their artists.

As a virtuoso, Stas’s dazzling technical command, and sensitive interpretations have brought him to the forefront among accordionists. He has been invited to tour in many countries and has received copious acclaim. In addition to his performance career, Stas serves the accordion community as a l board of director for ATG, as adjudicator, composer and arranger whose works are frequently performed. He also promotes fellow artists in concert tours (Accordion XXI Century Series) through which Tatyana appears here.

Tatyana graduated from Belarus Academy of Music. Her repertory includes exceptionally complex music covering the gamut from Baroque to contemporary blues. This performance is a MUST for all avid musicians.

I’m not always able to share all the press releases I get here at, but this one stood out. Despite my irrational and often lonely affection for the sound of accordion music, I wasn’t aware of the World of Accordions Museum and Harrington Art Center. The facility is built into the old Presbyterian Church on Belknap Street.

Museum volunteer Marian Syrjamaki-Kuchta, originally from Chisholm, filled me in about the place. The founder and director Helmi Strahl Harrington immigrated from Germany, inspired to become an accordion virtuoso by her mother. A concert musician and expert in accordion repair, Strahl Harrington found her way to Minnesota where eventually she found a place for a museum of her accordion collection across the bridge in Superior.

The World of Accordions Museum and Harrington Art Center is located at 1401 Belknap St., Superior, WI. For more information call (715) 395-2787 or (218) 393-0245.

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