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Accordion Virtuosi Returns to Perform for Lee’s Presidential Concert Series


Accordion Virtuosi of Russia Returns to Lee

Lee University will welcome back the Accordion Virtuosi of Russia to continue its Presidential Concert Series on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Pangle Hall. Having first performed at Lee in 2015, the ensemble is one of the most popular and energizing groups to appear on this series.

“When we booked Accordion Virtuosi the first time,” says Lee President Paul Conn, “we didn’t know quite what to expect, and we invited them because of the wonderful reviews they were getting in major cities.

“The result was one of the most unusual and delightful programs ever on our series. The crowd loved it. We immediately went to work to arrange a return visit. This is a concert you don’t want to miss!”

With a repertoire that encompasses musical genres ranging from folk music to rock songs, Accordion Virtuosi continues to astound audiences around the world.

“They perform with incredible precision and unbelievable delicacy,” said Frankfurter Neue Presse, Germany.

Accordion Virtuosi has performed at venues around the world such as the Olympia Hall in Paris, the Great Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, and Verona’s Arena in Paris. The ensemble has toured extensively in Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Japan, and the USA.

The group also received invitations to be a part of the cultural program for the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, Montreal in 1976, and Moscow in 1980.

Founded in 1943 by Professor Pavel Smirnov, the ensemble has been led by three generations of the Smirnov family. Smirnov’s sons, Yuri and Vladimir, currently lead Accordion Virtuosi of Russia.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for seniors and children and can be purchased at the Lee University Box Office in the Dixon Center or by contacting (423) 614-8343, Monday-Friday, from 3-6 p.m.

For more information about Accordion Virtuosi of Russia, visit AVR.

For more information about the Presidential Concert Series, call the School of Music at (423) 614-8240.
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