Barynya, Russian dance and music ensemble, comes to RIC March 20  

World-renowned music and dance sensation Barynya will perform an exhilarating mix of Russian folk music and traditional dances in a Performing Arts Series presentation on Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium in Roberts Hall.

Making its RIC debut, Barynya will feature Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma dancing and singing. Live musicians will accompany in virtuoso performances on traditional Russian instruments such as the balalaika, garmoshka and bayan featured.

Known as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia, Barynya was founded by Mikhail Smirnov, artistic director, in November of 1991 in New York City.

The group has been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious venues in the country, including Carnegie Hall and the United Nations in New York, the Smithsonian Institute of America and the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

Over the last few years, Barynya has performed outside the U.S. in Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia.

“The spirit of the Old Country transplanted to the New – that’s the essence of Barynya…” wrote the Star-Ledger.

General Admission is $35. Discounts are available for seniors, children and RIC faculty/staff/students/alumni. Purchase tickets in advance with Visa, MasterCard or Discover by calling (401) 456-8144 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; online at; or at the box office in the lobby of the appropriate performance venue, which will open for sales two hours before the performance begins.