10th Balkanicus Annual Concert - April 27, 2014, Sunday at 7pm

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Balkanicus - Tenth Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music


When:  April 27, 2014, Sunday at 7 pm

Where: Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall at the School of Music (Ferguson Hall of University of Minnesota west bank campus)

What: Balkanicus - Tenth Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music

                                      FREE and open to the public


The School of Music of University of Minnesota presents BALKANICUS, the Tenth Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music, featuring a program of music from Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania. This year’s concert will be dedicated to the double anniversary—90 years of the birth of the late Konstantin Iliev and the 80th anniversary of Vassil Kazandjiev who wrote a special piece for Balkanicus in 2012 where its world premiere was. The concert will include

  •   “Seven Bagatelles”  for clarinet and cello by Konstantin Iliev
  •   “Saga” for cello and piano by Vassil Kazandjiev, dedicated to Konstantin Iliev
  •    Choral songs by Georgi Andreev


In 2014 the public will also witness two world premieres:

  •   “The Last Song” (2006) for baritone and piano by the Serbian Dejan Despic on a text by the 1961 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Ivo Andric, and
  •   “Relatio” for tenor, flute, clarinet, cello and piano with lyrics by Ioana Ieronim, especially written for Balkanicus 2014 by the Romanian Sorin Lerescu.

Sorin Lerescu will be present for the premiere of his piece and will deliver lectures on his own music as well as on the Romanian music and culture.


Featured artists in 2014 concert include leading musicians from the area, faculties, guest performers and students: the tenor John De Haan, the cellist Nickolai Kolarov, the clarinetist  Patrick O’Keefe,  the flutist James DeVoll, the pianist Jill Dawe and Urban Sound a cappella student chamber choir.

The Balkanicus chamber concert series is created in 2003 by the Bulgarian cellist Nickolai Kolarov to showcase new music from the Balkans still unknown to the local public. The concerts always present American premieres of works by composers of different generations and styles. On the programs cross paths music with tendencies from the folk inspirations, to the Western influences, to the most recent developments of the 21st century—and all of them convey 'Spiritus Balkanicus'.


This activity is made possible by voters of Minnesota trough grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Additional support from West Bank School of Music, Modern Greek Studies (Institute for Global Studies of U of M), Bulgarian School of Minnesota, Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota, St. Stefan Romanian Orthodox Church, St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, It’s Greek to Me Greek Restaurant, Black Sea Turkish Restaurant, KFAI, Excel Energy and private donations.