Sasha Chernyak: Bach on Balalaika, USSR to USA, Teacher to Tour Guide

by Marjorie Lynn Meet Aleksandr (Sasha) Cherynak, a tall, lanky Russian, whose deep brown eyes glow with kindness and intelligence behind the cheap reading glasses he constantly misplaces. Like the many adjuncts who have to hustle a number of part-time jobs to make a full-time living, Sasha does the same. He flies the freeway about 600 miles each week from his home base in Windsor, Ontario. He lives there with his third wife, Elena, also an emigré, and their three young children, twin girls and a son. At 51, Sasha fuses three families. He has a granddaughter from a first […]
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