How do I get to Milwaukee and the Hotel?
If flying, the best option is the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. There is no shuttle to the hotel, but ride-sharing services, taxis, and car rentals are available.
If renting a car, the Dane County Regional Airport in Madison, WI (60 minute drive) or the airports in Chicago (90 minute drive) are also possibilities.
Workshop Leaders & Convention Team
Aleksei & Irina Lutcenko – Chorus & Beginning Domra
Irina and Aleksei Lutcenko both studied at the Academy of Far Eastern Arts in Vladivostok, Russia. In 2017, the two artists decided to settle in Quebec, Canada. The love of music and the complementarity of their instruments, bayan and domra, are at the origin of the success of this family. Russian folk music has conquered the hearts of many audiences in Russia, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Canada thanks to the interpretation of these two musicians and the original sound of their instruments. The musicians also take an active part not only in the artistic life, but in the social life of Montreal: their performances are warmly welcomed by residents of long-term centers, rehabilitation centers and palliative care.
Michael started folk dancing with the large and lively group in Madison, WI in 1969 and has been a passionate participant, leader, and teacher there ever since. He has made a dozen journeys through the Balkans to participate in the folkways of the people (particularly Bulgarians, Albanians, Macedonians, Serbians, and Roma) as well as to collect dances, music, instruments, costumes, wonderful friends, and instructive anecdotes. He speaks several languages of the region and studies them all. Michael is Artistic Director of Narodno, Madison’s Eastern European folk ensemble and the main man behind such regional celebrations as June Camp and the Folk Ball Festival, the Midwest’s largest participatory folk dance festival. He teaches weekly at Madison Folk dance Unlimited, annually at the Door County Folk Festival, occasionally at Folklore Village, in Nova Scotia. Michael plays accordion and ocarina, thumps a Balkan bass drum, and transcribes folk songs and dance tunes. Dances Michael has taught include Armenian Shuffle, Gijuševska Rŭčenica, and Svornato.
He will teach two workshops at the convention: a lecture “What Makes Balkan Folk Music Special?” and a dance class – “A Walking Tour of Balkan Folk Dance”
Professor Karen Evans-Romaine
Karen Evans-Romaine is Professor of Russian in the UW-Madison Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic. An ACTFL-certified Russian oral proficiency tester, Evans-Romaine directed the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College from 2003–2009 and coordinated the first-year Russian program there from 2001–2003. She is co-author of the two-volume elementary Russian language textbook Golosa. Evans-Romaine also studies intersections between Russian and German literature and between Russian literature and music, with a focus on the work of Boris Pasternak; she has published a book and several articles in these areas. She has taught Russian at all levels, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, Russian cultural history, and courses on literature and music in European Modernism; in 2006 – 2007 she taught advanced English and American literature and culture to Russian students at Smolny College in St. Petersburg on a Fulbright.
Professor Evans-Romaine will give a history lecture on “Russian Music and Power” at the convention.
Jason Schreiber – Convention Coordinator
Jason is a music educator, arranger, and ethnomusicologist from Wisconsin where he currently teaches music to 3rd graders through high school. He holds a B.A. and M.M. in music from Northern Illinois University where he focused on the steel band art form, music theory, and ethnomusicology. He has performed in Trinidad and Tobago twice for the World Steel Band Festival and Panorama competitions and in South Korea for the 2002 Seoul Drum Festival. While in Trinidad and Tobago, Jason conducted fieldwork to study the organology of the steel pan. In addition to balalaika, he performs and accompanies on steel pan, tenor banjo, guitar, mandolin, accordion, trumpet, upright bass, piano, and voice. And – he is this year’s convention chair!
More coming soon!
2023 Sponsors / Donors
The BDAA is a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of our members, donors, and sponsors.
We are seeking additional donations and sponsorships for the concert. If you would like to donate and be recognized here and in our concert playbill / program booklet as an individual or as an organization please click below to go directly to the donation site or email BDAA.board (at) gmail.com for more info.
2023 Benefit Concert Donors
- Accordionology (Decatur, GA)
- Cooper Piano (Atlanta, GA)
- In Memory of Judy Sherman
- J. Bukowski & J. Johnston
- Concert Benefactors
- K. Migut, L. Schmidt, A. Lathrop, T. Granados, D. & J. Metzger, K. & B. Parsons, R. & D. Becker, M. & T. King
- Concert Patrons
- E. Kuniansky, O. Trubetskoy, L. Nunan, A. Schlimgen, J. Olsan
- Concert Supporters
- V. Rodionov