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Balalaïka !



20:45 — Genève-Plage


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Benjamin Levyconductor

Alexeï Birioukovbalalaïka

Sirba Octetguest 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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Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphony No 6 'Pastoral'

Jonathan Nott


Recorded on 26 November 2018 at Victoria Hall, Geneva

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Yvonne Naef


György Ligeti
Poème symphonique, pour cent métronomes

Johann Sebastian Bach
Komm süsser Tod (orchestration by Leopold Stokowski)

Gustav Mahler
Kindertotenlieder, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Recorded on 21 January 2021 at Victoria Hall, Geneva