The Curry Coastal Pilot

"Three players, alone on a large open stage, filling every crevice with their rich, imaginatively conceived music" is how a Los Angeles Times critic described a concert by Trio Voronezh.

The Russian musicians will bring their unique instruments and cover a variety of genres during a one-night only performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Tolowa Event Center at the Smith River Casino.

The concert is hosted by Friends of Music and Stagelights Musical Arts Community. Tickets are $20 and available at the door and in Brookings at the Curry Coastal Pilot and at Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies. In Crescent City, tickets are available at Del Norte Office Supply.

Trio Voronezh is a musical ensemble that, according to its website, "produces incredibly exciting sounds and compelling arrangements of classics across a variety of musical styles, all played upon Russian folk instruments.

"Trio Voronezh's astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation give the trio the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, folk and contemporary repertoire."

The trio's diverse program includes the works of Vivaldi, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninov, as well as Russian folk songs, Argentine tangos, gypsy dance music, bluegrass and popular songs by Gershwin.

Musicians Vladimir Volokhin, Valerie Petrukhin and Sergei Teleshev formed the trio in 1993. They have been playing and performing since they were young children, around the age of 6. They continued their classical training and pursued further study at the Conservatory in Voronezh, Russia.

The trio made its U.S. debut at the 1996 Oregon Bach Festival, earning critical praise and held in high regard by the crowds. They have performed throughout Europe, filmed a music video in the United States and performed in the 1997 and 1999 Oregon Bach Festivals.

The first U.S. tour of the group, in the fall of 1998, began by bringing down the house at NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor. The Trio went on to perform at Houston's Society for the Performing Arts; the cities of Ann Arbor, Chicago, Portland, and St. Louis; and the Universities of Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Nebraska, and Los Angeles.

The folk trio named themselves after the working-class city from which they studied and perfected their craft, a city of over a million people, and approximately 350 miles south of Moscow.

For more information and videos of Trio Voronezh, visit