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Alexandrov – Skliar Duo: From Baroque to Bluegrass

March 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey welcomes the Alexandrov – Skliar Duo with their program, From Baroque to Bluegrass.

The program includes the music from XVII to XXI centuries in the original arrangements for the unique duo of mandolin and domra. It demonstrates the range of techniques and colors of both instruments and takes audiences on a journey through musical epochs and styles. The program includes music by J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Albéniz, Piazzolla, and more.

Both masters of mandolin and Russian domra, Alexey Alexandrov and Ekaterina Skliar came together in 2015 to form a unique mandolin-domra duo that presents a repertoire that spans the globe; from Bach duets to folk and jazz music. They arrange baroque and classical masterpieces, jazz and ethnic themes for their unique instrumentation, bringing together the traditions of classical music and the atmosphere of freedom from Russian folk origins.

Performer, composer, and 2019 Made in NY Jazz Competition Winner, Alexey Alexandrov is a unique artist who plays domra in both classical and jazz styles. He has collaborated with artists all over the world including John Lee, Al Foster, Oliver Lake, Alain Musichini, Bobby Sanabria, Vadim Repin, and others. His large repertoire includes transcriptions of classical music, original works for domra, contemporary and jazz music, and his own compositions. He holds his DMA at Russia’s M. Glinka Novosibirsk Conservatory.

Winner of the 2019 Astral Auditions, Ekaterina Skliar debuted with the Russian Folk Instrument Orchestra of the Buryatia Republic at age 11 and went on to perform with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in her native Russia. A prizewinner of many international and all-Russian competitions, she was also awarded a Silver Medal Global Music Award for her domra solo recording. She appeared in solo recitals and with chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout the U.S. and Russia, including Kaleidoscope Orchestra, Trans-Siberian Art Festival, and gypsy folk string ensemble “Lendvay & Friends”. She studied at M. Glinka Novosibirsk Conservatory (Russia).

The duo has become a nominee for the “MIRA” World Music Award (Russia) and a winner in the category “Best Instrumental Project” of the International Music Festival “Ustuu-Huree” (Russia). Ekaterina and Alexey have performed concerts in numerous American and Russian cities, where their performances got many positive reviews.

Their duo has become a prizewinner of many festivals, including the International Festival of Music “MIR Sibiri”, and International Festival of Live Music “Ustuu-Huree”. Recent accomplishments include 1st Prize at Made in NY Jazz Competition and winning the Astral National Auditions 2019.

They cover many styles, from classical music to Russian folk songs, and from bluegrass to jazz. We have performed with many orchestras and chamber groups both in the US and Russia, including Munier Mandolin Orchestra (Philadelphia), Philadelphia Mandolin Ensemble, L’Esperance Mandolin Ensemble (Cape Cod), Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra (Los Angeles), and many others.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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March 7, 2020
3:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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