April 28 - Los Aztex Balalaika, May 6 - Ivory Fantasy & Flamenco Passion













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vMusical Connections present:

Los Aztex Balalaika
April 28, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theatre, 207 W 18th St, Austin, TX 78701


Joel Guzman
Having grown up in a musical family and playing accordion all of his life, Joel realized that the accordion had no limits. Born into a dual identity, both Mexican and American, Joel continues to merge both cultures into his accordion style. "I may play a box, but I don't want to be put in one" testifies 2-time Grammy award winner Joel Guzman. One blogger at called Guzman probably the best three-row diatonic player in the country, and added, he can play anything from traditional conjunto to jazz and beyond". Guzman, a child accordion prodigy, was given title "El Pequeno Gigante" by his peers. Guzman has long beenknown to his peers as the mostversatile and virtuoso accordionist in Texas.

Sarah Fox is the main songwriter and driving vocal behindLatin Rock outfit Los Aztex. With a Mexican mother and a Cuban father, Sarah was exposed to the best of several worlds including top artists in salsa, ranchera, blues, as well as jazz music. In 1999, Sarah joined Los Super Seven (RCA/Nashville) as a guest vocalist. The Mexican Roots CD received a Grammy for best Mexican-American album. She quickly followed with "Short Stories" (Hightone Records), and Latinology (GFR). Both projects mixed folk and jazz creating an excellent fusion of tropical rhythm and roots music.

Joel Gabriel made his professional music debut at the 30th Annual Conjunto Festival in San Antonio,TX. at the age of 14. The young apprentice is perhaps best known for his work with the award-winning group Los Aztex. His skills as a guitarist and accordionist have landed him on stage with some of the best in the business. Musically trained by his father, Joel Gabriel began performing professionally in his mid teens. After taking up guitar he was soon putting his skills to use as an accompanist, culminating with performances with Los Aztex at Le Gran Soufflet in Rennes,FR, Pueblo Fest, Tulare,CA, and many summer festival stages from Texas to Louisiana.

The Flying Balalaika Brothers, ated by two Russian musicians, combines classical training with folk traditions. This group features vocalist Zhenya Rock on balalaika, accordion, guitar, and banjo; Sergey Vashchenko on balalaika, bass, accordion. They will also play original music by Zhenya Rock, composer.

Tickets (at the door):
Adults: $20
Seniors and Students: $10
Students and children under 12: free
Advance tickets online:

This performance is made possible with support from the City of Austins Cultural Arts Division, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Artsand Great Promise for American Indians.

To learn about upcoming shows or to obtain interviews or reviews, contact Sergey Vashchenko at balalaika@sbcglobal.netor at (512) 656-6865.

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nNina McIntire & Musical Connections present:

Flamenco Passion & Ivory Fantasy: Nina McIntire & Yolanda G. Sobrado
May 6, 2017, at 7:00 p.m.

Scottish Rite Theater
207 W 18th St. Austin, TX 78701


Only One Concert in Austin!

Nina McIntire (Russia/Germany) and Yolanda Sobrado (Spain): These two internationally renowned artists invite you to a fascinating journey through the musical world - gliding through rhythms, melodies and dance - an ethereal bouquet of sound, light and movement. Embraced with Spanish flair the Ivory Fantasy & Flamenco Passion show was first presented in Europe.

Yolanda Sobrado is one of the worlds best flamenco dancers. Born in Santander Spain, she studied dance at the prestigious Armengou Dance Center and the Royal Conservatory of Dramatic Art & Dance. She danced at the Ballet Nacional de Espana in Madrid, Ballet de Antonio Gades and she was a Star-Solo-Dancer at one of the most successful show productions in the world -Riverdance, Ireland. Today Yolanda continues her artistic career as a dancer and choreographer and conveying her experience at Master Classes.

Nina McIntire completed her degree in Master of Fine Arts at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow and at first had a career as a classical concert violinist performing around the world with Solo Concerts, Chamber Music and Symphony Orchestras. Recently, Nina has been very active on the international music scene as a composer and pianist, presenting her latest project Ivory Fantasy - a fascinating combination of classical music and her original modern style  compositions blended with her vivid and colorful visuals. Emphasizing humanistic and environmental aspects, in her artistic mission Nina celebrates the beauty of the world and the wholeness of the diversity of the world's unique cultures.

The historic Scottish Rite Theater, built in 1871, is Austins first and oldest venue. The theater's marvelous reception area and elegant lobbies encourage socializing. With tea, pastries and wine tasting you can enjoy your time with friends and other concert visitors. After the concert you are welcome to share your impressions with the artists and get your CD signed. 

The door is open from 6:15 PM.

One of Nina and Yolandas creations can be seen in the music video: "Viva Espana! - Nina - Ivory Fantasy

Please note, seats are limited to 300. Reserve your tickets early.
Tickets at the door (cash only) and online:

TUCKETS: Adults: $25 / Students: $15 / Children under 12: free


The City of Austins Cultural Arts Division, the Musical Connectionsthe Russian Speakers' Society of Austin and the Scottish Rite Theater have all helped make this event possible. Please join us! 


Holy Protection Russian Orthodox Church

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Services are in English with some Russian, in the Russian traditions. For a detailed calendar of services, click here.

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