Strings on the Bay returns June 26

stasv.com At right, acclaimed ­accordion virtuoso Stas Vanglevski sits with his instrument.

ESCANABA — Music lovers will once again be able to enjoy a unique showcase of chamber music this summer when Strings on the Bay returns to Bay College.

The series begins at 7:30 p.m. on June 26 at the Besse Center Theater. The first performance of the three-concert series will feature acclaimed accordionist Stas Venglevski. Joining him will be hammered dulcimer player Tatyana Krasnobayeva. The program will feature an eclectic blend of classical, popular, and folk music.

Tatyana Krasnobayeva was born in Minsk, Belarus, in 1980. Her studies included the State Academy of Music, the Belarusian State Academy of Music, and later she was awarded the diploma of 1st degree in Kishinev, Moldova. Her instrument, the cimbalom (dulcimer) dates back to the 16th century in Belarus and is famous for its unique silvery timbre, making it capable of playing any music genre from Bach and Vivaldi to folk and contemporary music. Today it is often used in Belarusian pop and folk music, as well as in symphonic orchestras.

Stanislav “Stas” Venglevski is a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union. A two-time first prize winner of Bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his master’s degree in music. In 1992 he immigrated to the United States.

Stas is an accordionist, arranger, entertainer, and teacher. His repertoire includes his original compositions and a broad range of classical, contemporary, and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen and Steve Allen and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally, he has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States.

Tickets are available through the Bay College website or at the Box Office during business hours or immediately prior to the concert. A reception follows the concert. Remaining programs in the series are on July 17 and Aug. 7 at the Besse Center Theater.

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