Russian folk music next up for Five Nights

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Russian Duo to perform in Morrill Hall Auditorium, Thursday, March 11

The Ohio State University at Marion is pleased to welcome Russian Duo to Morrill Hall Auditorium, Thursday, March 11, 7:30 p.m, as part of the Five Nights on Campus cultural and performance arts series.

Russian Duo is an international project, born out of a love of traditional music and classical elegance. Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika virtuoso, and Terry Boyarsky, masterful pianist, have teamed up for exuberant performances of soulful, passionate music. Their collaboration highlights the mysterious sounds of the balalaika underscored by the vast expressive range of the piano. Featuring vocals and Russian percussion, their extensive repertoire draws from Russian folk music, romances, dances, classical music, gypsy melodies, and Russian songs.

Oleg Kruglyakov was born in Omsk City, Siberia, Russia in 1966. Many of his early experiences growing up centered around singing with family members. He has a keen ear for musical styles and a deep respect for cultural tradition. He is fascinated by the history of the Russian people and well-versed in the essence of the Russian language.

Kruglyakov began playing the balalaika at age 7 and later was educated at the renowned Ekaterinburg Conservatory, studying conducting, as well as teaching. While in conservatory he had the opportunity to perform with many types of ensembles, including an ethnic music singing group. Kruglyakov has performed as balalaika soloist with many Russian folk groups. From 1989-91, he toured Moscow, St. Petersburg, Siberia, and Ukraine with the Urals State Folk Choir. For three years, Kruglyakov played with the band "Siberian Mosaic" touring the Irkustsk region of Siberia. Between 1993 and 1998, he traveled with the Urals Folk Ensemble "Prikamie" performing in France, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Malta and Turkmenistan. Kruglyakov has also appeared with the Russian folk instrument quartet "Golden Russia." He has participated in many international festivals, among them the 1997 Folklore du Monde Festival de Bray-Dunes.

Kruglyakov moved to the United States in 1998 to become part of "Moscow Nights" touring extensively in Canada, Alaska, and 45 states in the Continental United States. In 2007, Kruglyakov formed the International project “Russian Duo” with pianist Terry Boyarsky.

Terry Boyarsky is a movement specialist, singer, and ethnomusicologist who believes
that every person is musical. Her search for musical collaboration led her into chamber music, choral singing, folk dance, coaching, accompanying dance, and creating ceremony. She has collaborated with singers and dancers across four continents. Boyarsky holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Reed College, a Bachelor of Music in Eurhythmics from Cleveland
Institute of Music, and a Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology from Kent State University.

She has training from the Dalcroze School in New York City and was one of sixteen Ohio artists selected to participate in the Kennedy Center for the Arts Seminars “Artists as Educators” from 2004 - 2007. Boyarsky has taught and created events for institutions such as the Dalcroze Society of America, American Orff-Schulwerk Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, the Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Hawaii, Rowe Center in Massachusetts, Kasetsat University in Bangkok, Thailand, Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Boyarsky is part of Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio, the Kennedy Center’s Ohio State-Based Initiatives, and Ohio Arts Council. She presents workshops on arts integration and Dalcroze Eurhythmics nationally.

Boyarsky has taught children, disadvantaged youth, amateur adults, learning disabled, educators, and conservatory students around the world. She sings with the Cleveland Orchestra Blossom Festival Chorus and Choral Arts Cleveland. Her newest passion is “Russian Duo,” singing and performing classical, ethnic, and Russian music with Kruglyakov.

Ticket prices for “Russian Duo” are $10 for general admission, $9 for seniors, and $4 for students. There is no charge for children 5 years of age or younger. Marion campus faculty and staff, which includes all Ohio State Marion and Marion Technical College personnel, are eligible for $8 discounted individual performance tickets. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. For advance tickets or for more information contact Bronwen Babich, Ohio State Marion Office of Community Relations at 740-725-6341, or email:

Five Nights on Campus is a performing arts series designed specifically for the residents of the seven-county regional service area of Ohio State Marion and is intended to complement the other entertainment opportunities which are available in the area. The mission of Five Nights is to provide exceptional and diverse cultural and educational opportunities and to encourage the community to be a part of campus life. The series, which began in autumn 1995, is in its fifteenth year. This season offers an outstanding blend of talented national and international performers.

Five Nights on Campus is made possible by local community-minded businesses and organizations such as: Clear Channel Radio, Marion; Herald Printing; Marion Technical College; Whirlpool Corporation, Marion Division; the Warren Brown Family Foundation; and Wyandot, Inc.