Russian Cultural Kaleidoscope Returns to Sturgis
The art, music and culture of Russia will be brought to Meade School children and the Sturgis
Community on Tuesday, March 26 with a return visit from the Kansas City-based Cultural
Kaleidoscope presentation. Sergei Shapoval, who first appeared here in 2009, will perform at the
Sturgis Community Center Theater with two (identical) programs.
Mr. Shapoval, dressed in a traditional Russian folk costume, presents a multi-faceted program which
will include a video highlighting folk dances and a demonstration of Russian folk
instruments—including the Garmoshka, Balalaika, flutes and Bayan/button accordion—and audience
participation in folk dancing and playing of authentic musical instruments.
Born in the city of Krivoi Rog, Ukraine, Sergei has a master’s degree in Music education from the
Gnessin Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. He is a touring artist for the South Dakota Arts Council.
South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of SD, through the
Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. It is co-sponsoring this event with
the Sturgis Area Arts Council.
Two one-hour assemblies are offered—the first at 8:45am and the second at 12:20pm. The community
is invited to either of those sessions, but the early show would be more preferable. This is a free
assembly and we encourage everyone to come to this enjoyable and educational trip to Russia.