Balkanicus - Ninth Annual concert

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

…The Spirit of Balkanicus Wanders for a Decade through America…

What: Balkanicus - Ninth Annual concert of Balkan contemporary chamber music

When: April 21, Sunday at 7 pm

Where: Ultan Recital Hall - U of M

School of Music - Ferguson Hall

2106 S 4th St, Minneapolis

FREE and open to the public.

The Balkans are a region with ancient musical culture, the home of the legendary musician Orpheus, and enchanting folk music and dances, well known to the American public. It is also the base of diverse contemporary classical music which still remains largely unknown.

The Ninth Balkan Chamber Music concert will feature a program of American premieres of music from Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Israel. This concert is special because it is dedicated to the saving of the 50,000 Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust, 70 years ago. It will feature a piece by the Israeli composer Ofer Ben-Amots whose mother was a Bulgarian Jew and she is one of those saved.

On the 2013 program are works by composers of different generations and styles, inspired by diverse sources from regional folk music to the influence of the European tendencies of the second part of the 20th century but all united by spiritus balkanicus.

The performers are leading musicians from the region:Philip Zawisza ,voice    Nickolai Kolarov, cello

Immanuel Davis, flute     Patrick O'Keefe, clarinet

Alastair Brown, violin and viola     the pianists Jill Dawe and Ina Selvelieva

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