School of Music at West Texas A&M University hosting 3rd annual Russian Music Festival


The School of Music at West Texas A&M University will present guest ballet dancers Arkadiy and Katya Orohovsky and their 11-year-old son, Alexei, in the third annual Russian Music Festival. The performance will be accompanied by the WT Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Mark Bartley at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 in the Branding Iron Theatre.

The Orohovsky family has been recognized as a world-class act for many years, and it began in the Ukraine with an aptitude for dance and desire to perform. They are sought after by schools throughout the U.S. as guest artists and master teachers.

The guest artists will be accompanied by WT musical artists in a special evening of performance led by Bartley, who became WT director of orchestral activities in 2006.  He conducts the WT Symphony, recent winners of the The American Prize, and together, the ensemble regularly tours the West Texas region and just completed its first European Tour in 2016 with performances in Prague, Vienna and Budapest. He has conducted professional orchestras around the world including the North Czech Philharmonic (Teplice), the Bacau Philharmonic (Romania), the Atlantic Coast Orchestra (Portugal), the Citiphilharmonie (Seoul, South Korea), the China Opera and Dance Symphony Orchestra (Beijing) and many more.

Tickets to the Russian Music Festival are priced at $10 each or free to those with WT Buffalo Gold Card. For more information, call the WT music office at 806-651-2840 or contact Mila Abbasova, festival chair, at

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