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Balalaïka !



20:45 — Genève-Plage

Festival Genève-Plage

festival partner


media partner


Benjamin Levy

Alexeï Birioukov

Sirba Octet
guest ensemble

Sirba Orchestra!
A variety of traditional Russian, Bohemian and Yiddish music including favourites such as the Moskovskaia polka, Ya Vstrestil vas, Kalinka and Katiouchka.

the music

The Sirba Octet will appear together with a special guest artist, the Russian balalaikist Alexeï Birioukov, alongside the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Born in rural Russia, the Balalaïka later took its place in the palaces of the Tsars and reflects the Russian soul in all its splendid ardour and melancholy. Discover unmissable Russian melodies, combined with a rich mixture of traditional Romanian, Hungarian, Moldavian and gypsy music in this varied evening programme. An anthology of the most beautiful themes of gypsy cabaret and klezmer music!

This concert is based on the Sirba Orchestra! album, released by Deutsche Grammophon in 2018.


Practical Information

  1. It is obligatory to wear a mask at Genève-Plage, and you are kindly requested to remain seated for the duration of the performance.
  2. In case of rain, the concert is cancelled and your ticket is refunded : an announcement will be made 4 hours before the start of the concert. For updated information, call 1600, refresh this page, or check the OSR's Facebook page. 
  3. Don't forget your picnic blanket or deck chair to enjoy this outdoor experience !

the videos

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the venues

OSR Live

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Richard Dubugnon

Arcanes symphoniques, pour grand orchestre

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 09 December 2015 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Modest Mussorgsky

Night on the Bare Mountain

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 30 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva