Articles / "Metelitsa ( "Snow-Storm"), Russian folk music instruments orchestra

"Metelitsa ( "Snow-Storm"), Russian folk music instruments orchestra

Subject / Art/Music, theatre

“METELITSA” (“SNOWSTORM”), the State Russian folk orchestra. Founded in 1988. The first concert was held on the 14th of March 1989 in Tikhvin Town. In 1992 the orchestra acquired a status of a State orchestra. Organizer, unchallenged creative director and director is I.M. Tonin. The orchestra repertoire includes Russian and foreign pieces of classic, folk music, vanguard music; modern arrangement of folk music plays an important role. Diversity of musical palette is only achieved with the help of traditional folk musical instruments, such as: balalaika, domra, psaltery, button accordion, zhaleyka, horn , hooter. Along with the concert activities in Russia and abroad (Ukraine, Estonia, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, USA, etc.) the orchestra gives master-classes in children’s musical schools, organizes meetings with musicians, seminars, festivals. Since 1991 the orchestra annually holds the Leningrad Oblast contest of Russian folk musicians among children, since 2006 the orchestra holds a similar international contest named after N.N. Kalinin. The orchestra is a first prize-winner of the International musical contest “Baltika-Garmonika” (“The Baltic-Accordion”) (1997).

Kozhevnikov, Vladimir Aleksandrovich

Tonin, Igor Mikhaylovich

Leningrad Oblast, the/Tikhvin District/Tikhvin Town

Культура Ленинградской области на рубеже тысячелетий. СПб., 2003, 28-29