Moscow Nights and Golden Gates offer the rich traditions of Russia at Wisconsin Lutheran College

December 27, 2006
MILWAUKEE - Moscow Nights and Golden Gates deliver a program of Russian folk melodies in the Schwan Concert Hall at Wisconsin Lutheran College Tuesday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the college's Horizons Series. A Moscow Nights performance offers repertoire centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture. Music ranges from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. In addition, the Golden Gates dancers help to present an authentic picture of Russian folk traditions, culture and dance.

Moscow Nights is a versatile trio of prize-winning musicians from Russia. Led by Vitaliy Bezrodnov, the group was initially formed under his direction in Kaluga, Russia, in the late 1980s. After completing their conservatory studies, they regrouped in 1996 in the United States. In 1993, the Golden Gates company was created in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The first members of the group began performing at various cultural events, folk festivals and concerts throughout Russia and Europe. Currently under the direction of Marina Tourlygina, and ranging in ages from five to fifteen, the group includes Russian dancers as well as singers. 

The Moscow Nights and Golden Gates performance is sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Arts Board. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance at 8815 W. Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $23 general, $21 seniors and $8 students. To purchase tickets, call the WLC box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.