What audiences are saying about ABS...

"Many thanks for the wonderful concert on Saturday evening! We loved the selection of music and were amazed at Shvetsov's mastery of the balalaika. As  guitar and mandolin players, we truly appreciate his abilities on that tiny fretboard!"

"We were blown away last night. The music was incredible! "

"A fabulous performance!! I am so glad I was there. Dimitri Shvetsov was incredible. You all sounded wonderful and the selection of music was my favorite so far!! "

"Well done!!! Bravo!!! Encore!!!"

"Thank you very much for the opportunity to attend the September 29, 2012 American Balalaika Symphony concert.  It was by far the best ABS concert that I have attended to date.  The soloist was outstanding, the orchestra did a superb job, but the lion's share of credit must go to Peter. "

"In my younger days, I was adjunct professor at Carnegie-Mellow University in Pittsburg. In those days, this prestigious school's driving principle was 'excellence on a shoestring.' This is precisely what has been coming up in my mind when I followed the success of ABS over the years.

 "The September 29 "Autumn Fantasies" concert was first and foremost outstanding in its design by introducing to Washington audiences several little-known Soviet era composers and presenting young artists and local premier performances. "

 "Shvetsov stands with the best of the younger musicians.  Watching live his virtuoso performances was a real experience and greatly contributed to the success of the concert. The audience showed its true appreciation with a standing ovation."

"Fabulous! Bravo!!!"
Love, Annuck — Paris France

"ABS is always a wonderful inspiration offering music to dream by. Thanks for the entertainment."

"This is our family's third time seeing you, and we enjoy ourselves very much every time. Keep up the good work!"

"Wonderful music! My daughter loves coming to your concert. Thank you."

"Peter & Anna — What a great show! We loved all those movie themes."

"Very lovely! Superb job by all."
Best wishes from a Sri Lankan family.

Superb concert! Bravo!"

"Most Excellent Music!"

“The program was phenomenal! Each piece performed was a treat for the ears. It was the first time I have ever heard the accordion featured in a symphony and the utilization of the percussion section was amazing!”

"We routinely come to all [New Dominion Choraliers] concerts and enjoy them very much. But last night's joint concert with the American Balalaika Symphony was out of this world! Can't remember when we enjoyed an evening more. Thanks for a wonderful evening.”

“Congratulations on a glorious concert this evening! You had a packed house, the audience was truly pleased (...standing ovation!!!). You have much to be proud of. “

“We had a wonderful time listening to the beauty and depth of numbers like Bonfire, Evening Bells...(so many to mention). ABS was in great form!"

“I can not say enough glowing things about this performance. A very accomplished group giving their all and we appreciated it. Conductor fabulous!! We had no idea there were so many different balalaikas. We would like to hear them again. Thank you.”

“The concert was wonderful.  My guest, who knows a lot more about music than I do, was equally impressed by the quality of the playing.”

"Wonderful concert! Thank you!”

“We have been to several concerts at Strathmore and no audience has shown as much appreciation (long applause) as the one did for
ABS tonight.”

“I thought the orchestrations were very good and with all the (semi-) solo parts gave great variety and opportunity to show off musician talent and interpretation… I thought the orchestra was well held together despite the tempo variations built into the charts… the music selection well chosen, presenting nice variation and fine solo renditions.”

“We enjoyed every piece but are in love with Evening Bells. Could listen to it over and over.”

“Congratulations on a terrific concert—to you as the maestro, Anna and all your players…. You have created a loyal audience that virtually filled up this huge hall.”

“As I was listening, I realized again how much I love the sound of the balalaika—it has a certain cheerfulness... Anna's warm smile right behind you is worth the price of admission (and I mean at Kennedy center levels).”

“A great evening!”

“The concert was fabulous and your composition the best! Congratulations!”

“What a lovely evening of beautiful music and in such a gorgeous place!”

“Hope to attend another one of your concerts soon!”

“It was a great concert... thoroughly enjoyed the evening.”

“… really enjoyed the
ABS Saturday night, especially the Children of Captain Grant Overture, the Zaporiz'kyi Cossack March (good rousing Russian music) and Evening Bells.  To me, it sounded like Peter wrote Evening Bells specifically for his orchestra.”

“A wonderful experience. The music was breathtaking—romantic, moving—a great selection of compositions and excellent performance.”

“I loved it. I have an attachment to Russian music as both my parents and their families came from
Russia. My dad, esp., had many records to which we all listened and sang songs, etc. I know he would have loved this too.”

“This was a marvelous program. We enjoyed it very much.”

"Delightful! Thank you."

“I suspect the orchestra will be getting more invitations to perform at Strathmore!”

“It was a great performance.  We both enjoyed it.  Great humor through many moments.”

“.....the concert was absolutely delightful.  [You] apparently have quite a following....I sat next to folks from
Springfield who had made the trip to Bethesda to see [ABS]. The instruments are beautiful and the sound just shimmers....and the music was very uplifting.”

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