St. Mary’s Balalaika Orchestra, a group of parishioners from St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in Northeast Minneapolis, play authentic balalaikas and domras, recreating the traditional music of Slavic lands such as Russia and Ukraine.
Familiar to many from popular culture, the balalaika is a three stringed instrument of varying sizes with a distinctive triangular body. Its sister instrument, the domra, is three or four stringed and has a round shape, also in various sizes. The Orchestra’s new CD “Troika” will be available for $20. All proceeds go to the St. Mary’s Renovation Project.