The Friends of the Garden City Public Library will sponsor a free Russian folk-dance program, “Barynya” on Thursday, June 12 at 1:30 PM. Ensemble Barynya will perform Russian, Gypsy, Jewish, Cossack, Ukrainian dance, song, and music. Mikhail Smirnov is the artistic director and founder of Ensemble Barynya, which is based in New York City. He will give a short explanation of each dance during the program. Dances will be performed in different sets of beautiful hand-made costumes inspired by the place where the dance originated.
Priority will be given to Garden City residents by presenting your Garden City Public Library card at the program-room door. Non-residents will be accommodated on a space-available basis 10 minutes before showtime. No saved seats. Limited parking. No tickets are required. Please, no busses.
The Russian music, dance, and song ensemble Barynya, established in the year 1991, is a world-renowned group that enjoys exalting stature as the premier Russian folk ensemble. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Russian Jewish, and Russian Gypsy traditional dancing, music, and songs. Barynya has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious cultural venues in the USA, including Carnegie Hall in NYC; the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia; the Smithsonian Institute of America in Washington, D.C.; the United Nations in NYC; and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C.