Krystall-BalalaykaThe award-winning folk music group Kristall-Balalayka will arrive on campus from Saratov, Russia to appear in SMU’s 13th annual Russian Cultural Festival and Concert. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. March 29 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater.

“This is a major recruiting event to introduce SMU students and the Dallas community to our Russian program,” says Tatiana Zimakova, chair of Russian Area Studies in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department of Dedman College. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the University’s language and culture classes as well as study-abroad opportunities in Moscow and St. Petersburg, she adds.

Other featured artists include classical guitarist Christopher McGuire and performers from the Nascimento Piano Trio, a group of recent graduates of SMU’s Meadows School of Arts. In addition, nearly a hundred 6th- and 7th-grade Russian-language students from Dallas’ William B. Travis Academy/Vanguard for the Academically Talented and Gifted will give a choral performance. The program includes songs, dances and music by Russian composers.

For more information and photos, visit the Russian American Center website.