An Evening at The David Roche Foundation

Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé exhibition | Thursday 31 October 5-8PM

Our twilight opening hours are back! Join us at The David Roche Foundation in North Adelaide for the first open-late session of the season on Thursday 31 October from 5pm.

See magnificent Russian art in Triumph & Tragedy: Catherine, the Romanovs & Fabergé, and an impressive demonstration of the Russian martial art, Sambo, by the Sambo Federation of South Australia. We’ll also have captivating music played on a traditional Russian instrument, the balalaika, by the Adelaide Balalaikas, as well as Russian singers performing Cossack folk pieces, some short talks in the exhibition, and of course time to kick back on the lawns to enjoy a glass of wine by award-winning local winemakers, Tomich Wines (including the Tomich Vintage Wine Bar Caravan), and Russian food from Siberia Catering.

The entertainment begins with a demonstration by the Sambo Federation of South Australia of this formidable Russian martial sport on the forecourt from 5:30 to 5:40pm.

This will be followed by the Adelaide Balalaikas playing a medley of old and new pieces on the traditional Russian instrument, the balalaika, on the forecourt from 5:45 to 6:00pm.

At 6:15pm, our expert guides will speak in the exhibition space on different aspects of Russian art displayed in the Triumph & Tragedy.

The evening will culminate with the Adelaide Balalaikas performing again, this time joined by two soloists, for a series of Cossack folk tunes, in the Roman room from 7:00 to 7:30pm.


Come by on the way home from work or before heading out to dinner.

Doors open 5pm – 8pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


Cost: $12 (adult), $10 (concession); tickets are available for pre-purchase or on the door.


About the performers…

The Adelaide Balalaikas

The Adelaide Balalaikas were founded by Dieter Hauptmann in 2003 from a group of talented amateur singers of the Russian Community Centre in Norwood. Since their inception, they have produced several albums and performed all over Adelaide. One of their most recent albums was a collaboration with the Beryozka Women’s Choir. In 2015 Dieter also started a youth ensemble, the Adelaide Junior Balalaikas, and in that same year, performed the first ever ‘International Day of the Balalaika’ in Australia. After sending a video clip to the Moscow inventors of the celebration, Dieter’s Adelaide group received an invitation to perform at the 2017 international balalaika competition in Sevastopol – where they won first prize in their class.

The performance planned for the open evening at The David Roche Foundation is of the extended Russian Balalaika Orchestra: Double-bass / Bass / Alto / Sekundo / Prima and Piccolo balalaikas and the very rare Russian Folk instruments: the Gudok (a fiddle), the Zhaleika (a folk clarinet) and the biggest and rarest of all mandolins: the Kontrabass Domra (a Russian mandolin). The instruments will be explained, demonstrated and daring visitors are welcome to try them. Today some of the world’s rarest and prettiest Russian Folk instruments are in Adelaide!


SAMBO by the Sambo Federation of South Australia

SAMBO is a martial art and combat sport developed and used by the Russian Army in the early 20th century to improve their hand-to-hand combat abilities.

The art is similar in many ways to judo and jujutsu but also incorporates different types of wrestling and various self-defence systems.

The name “SAMBO” derives from the Russian acronym SAMozashchita Bez Oruzhiya, which literally means “self-defence without weapons”.

2018 was an exceptionally important year in the history of sport, as the International Sambo Federation was granted provisional International Olympic Committee recognition for a period of three years; as a result, Sambo might soon join the list of Olympic sports.

In November 2019, for the first time in history of the sport in Australia, the Sambo Federation of Australia will be taking a team to the World Sambo Championship in Seoul, South Korea.


Tomich Wines

The Tomich family has a rich history in winemaking, viticulture and farming stretching back three generations and now own one of the best sites in the Adelaide Hills. The Tomich vineyard is unique, with 322 acres in the dress circle of the Adelaide Hills and the Onkaparinga River running through the property, it is a truly beautiful place.

As a special treat, the Tomich Vintage Wine Bar Caravan will be on site for tastings and purchases of your favourite wines.

‘Our winemaking philosophy is traditional, expressing our terroir through pristine fruit. Attention to quality at every level with use of natural winemaking and wild ferments add complexity to our single vineyard wines.’

– Randal Tomich

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