Trio Voronezh

Sometimes apparent setbacks lead to unexpectedly delightful surprises. That is what
happened at the opening concert in the 2012/13 season of The Valley Concert Society.
The contracted performer cancelled his date with the society. The replacement, a few
months later, had to cancel due to injury. What came out of the scramble for another
replacement was the Trio Voronezh.

A group that was pretty much unknown to the board and to the audience ended its
program on September 28 of that year having won the hearts of the audience with their
virtuosity and their uncanny ability to communicate without language. Since then, during
the society’s Concert Selection Committee meetings, one often heard the words, “We
should have Trio Voronezh back some time.” That time is now.
The trio, named after the Russian city of their roots, will bring their traditional Russian
instruments to the stage of the Matsqui Centennial Auditorium on Thursday, January 23,
at 7:30 p.m.

Sergei Teleshev is magical on the bayan, a button accordion. Valerie Petrukhin plays the
enormous bass balalaika while Vladimir Volokhin plays the diminutive domra, which
resembles a mandolin. The contrast in size between the latter two instruments is almost
comical, but the music they create is astonishing.
Besides traditional Russian music, the group’s repertoire ranges from classical to folk to
gypsy to tango and contemporary. They have performed at prestigious festivals, including
the Oregon Bach Festival where they were discovered by the American audience in 1996.
They have collaborated with orchestras and jazz musicians. Their recordings have won

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear outstanding musical artists in a format that is
not often heard in Abbotsford. Tickets are available online at for $28 for adults and $15 for students. Call 604-289-
3377 for more information.
John Wiebe
The Valley Concert Society