Russian Soul in the Early Fall – A Colonial Theatre Tribute to Russian Romance, Dances, Classics, Improv

(Seen above are “Tango-istas” Adriana Salgado and Orlando Reyes who will also perform.)

From our News Desk: Russian Soul in the Early Fall, a tribute to the magical music of Russia, will be performed at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Sunday, September 18 at 4pm.

Performing selections from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Skibinsky and more, an ensemble of Russian performers will delight audiences with the best of their musical heritage. The performers include Nika Leoni, soprano, Luba Poliak, piano, Illia Skibinsky, piano, saxophone, composer/arranger, Iryna Krechkovsky-Loucks, violin, Eddy Khaimovich, double bass and Adriana Salgado and Orlando Reyes as dancers.

Soprano Nika Leoni

Russian-born soprano Nika Leoni has been praised for her “exquisite voice and a truly expressive musicality” and her “beautiful sense of poetry and elegance.” She has toured internationally, performing at Gasteig Munich Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Silesian State Theater and Usti nad Labem Opera in the Czech Republic, Filharmonia Sudecka in Poland, and recording with Stern Orchestra in Prague. Recent New York engagements include Anna in Puccini’s “Le Villi,” songs by D. Shostakovich in a world premiere orchestra arrangement, and her dramatic debut in the off-Broadway musical play Pushkin’s Little Tragedies. Her CD of Russian Romances titled Dark Eyes was released on Larion RecordsTM in 2009.

Born in Siberia, Luba Poliak made her orchestral debut at the age of eleven playing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic and has won several competitions. Ms. Poliak has performed solo and chamber recitals around the world, appearing on series or at venues such as the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series, Chicago; Embassy Series, Washington, D.C.; the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Belgium; Jordan Hall, Boston; the 92nd Street Y, New York and the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art. She is on the faculty of the 92nd Street Y School of Music and has taught at University of Houston, Lehman College (NY), Lawrence University (WI) and elsewhere.

Saxophonist and Composer, Ilia Skibinsky was born in Russia and grew up in Israel. Upon his graduation from the New School University, Ilia continued his musical career in New York.

Mr. Skibinsky is recognized for his diversity in various styles as both a performer and composer ranging from classical and world to jazz and contemporary music. Ilia has participated in some of the top Israeli TV and Theater productions such as the adaptations of Dancing with Stars, American Idol, Full Broadway scale productions of the musicals Chicago and Guys & Dolls as well as various other projects in many international festivals. He has also toured the world with a production of Cirque Du Soleil completing over 500 shows. Mr. Skibinsky has been honored by the America-Israel cultural foundation.

Ukrainian-born violinist Iryna Krechkovsky-Loucks has been featured as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A prizewinner at competitions including the Sorantin International Competition in Texas, the Canadian Music Competition in Montréal, and the Kocian International Violin Competition in the Czech Republic. Ms. Krechkovsky has appeared as a soloist with the Canadian Academy Chamber Orchestra, the Warren Philharmonic Orchestra, the Toronto Sinfonietta and the Lviv National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.

Eddy Khaimovich, Israeli bassist and composer living in New York recorded his first album featuring multi Grammy-award winning trumpeter Roy Hargrove to raving acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Since attending prestigious Manhattan School of Music on full scholarship in 2001, his agile command of bass, warm, deep tone and uniquely creative musical voice have earned him a solid reputation on New York music scene in Jazz, Classical and Commercial music. He performed and/or recorded with Jazz greats Roy Hargrove, James Moody, Antonio Sanchez, Paquito D’Rivera, Fred Hersch, Jason Lindner, Bill Goodwin, Hal Galper, Andy Laverne and Classical luminaries Lorin Maazel, Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Barenboim, among many others.

Adriana Salgado and Orlando Reyes have been professional dancers and teachers of Argentine Tango for over a decade. Their energetic, precise and passionate dancing, their changing embraces, breathtaking jumps and their wonderful connection makes their performances outstanding. In New York City some of their performances include Tango Connection ,Tango Noir in 2008 and 2009 and Tango por Ellos ,in 2009, which received the Latin ACE Award 2010 nomination for Best Choreography, and Mientras Tango, in 2010 at Jamaica Performing Arts Center. They were semifinalists in the 3rd Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires in 2006, got 3rd place at the Long Island Dance Championship in 2009 and recently 1st place in the Pro Open dance division at the New York Hustle Congress. They currently teach and perform at Paul Pellicoro’s DanceSport, in New York.

Tickets are $20. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street or by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am–5pm, Saturdays 10am–2pm or on any performance day from 10am until intermission.

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