Monthly Archives: January 2011

Q&A with the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago, International House, Tuesday January 25, 5:30pm

The Consul General of the Republic of Turkey to Chicago, His Excellency Fatih Yildiz will be at the International House in Home Room on Tuesday, January 25, at 5.30 PM.

The only Muslim-populated secular, republican democracy
The only Muslim-populated NATO member and ally of Israel
The fastest growing economy in Europe
The 15th largest economy in the world and the 7th in Europe
The only county where a city lies on two continents
The most historical country, by its history of approximately 10,000 years…
Come and ask your questions about Turkey’s economy, foreign policy, its relations with the USA, Israel, and Iran, the economic crisis in Greece, the Iraqi question, the European Union.
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“The Story of the Dildilian Family,” Michael Tartell, Armenian Circle, Tuesday January 25, 3pm

You are cordially invited to the Armenian Circle at the U of C featuring,

Michael Tartell

“The Story of the Dildilian Family.”

Tuesday, January 25

3:00 pm

Cobb 210

5811 S Ellis Ave

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Dance: Dances of the Balkans: Kolo, Oro, Horo, and Cocek, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, February 27

Sunday, February 27: Dances of the Balkans: Kolo, Oro, Horo, and Cocek
Instructors: Galia Miloucheva & John Kuo
Live Music: Orchestra Balkana

More info and other dances here:

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Concert: Three movements from Petrushka and more, Chicago Cultural Center, January 26

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 12:15 pm

Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert

Roman Rabinovich, Piano

Two Sonatas in d minor and c minor (5’)
Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757)

Ballade No. 3 Op. 47 (7′)
Frederic Chopin (1810 – 1849)

Six Piano Pieces Op. 19 (6’)
Arnold Schoenberg (1872 – 1951)

Three Movements from Petrushka (3’)
Russian Dance
Petrushka’s Room
The Shrovetide Fair; Mardi Gras
Igor Stravinsky (1882 – 1951)

Twenty-four year old Israeli pianist Roman Rabinovich was praised for the “vivacity and virtuosity” and “the impeccable clarity of execution” and has performed throughout Europe and USA in such prestigious venues as Leipzig’s Gewandhaus and London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and the Metropolitan Museum, as well as the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Salle Cortot in Paris and Millennium Stage of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

He is a winner of the top prize at the 2008 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition, 1st prizes at the Animato and the Arjil Piano Competitions in Paris, as well as the “Vendome Virtuosi” prize.

At age 10 he made his Israel Philharmonic debut under the baton of Zubin Mehta and since then performed with IPO and Maestro Mehta again in 1999 and 2003. He performed as a soloist with most Israeli orchestras, Buffalo Philharmonic, Dohnányi Orchestra, Ann Arbor Symphony, Delaware Symphony, and other orchestras.

In spring 2010 Roman was invited by Miriam Fried to join her at the Steans Institute’s Ravinia Tour, playing in Boston’s Gardner Museum, Ravinia’s Bennet-Gordon Hall, Stamford’s Treetops series and New York’s Merkin Hall. In 2009 TV channel “Mezzo” recorded his recital and since then it has been frequently broadcast in more than 30 countries in Europe and Asia. In May 2008 Roman replaced Murray Perahia in a recital at the Mann Auditorium in Tel-Aviv.

He has participated in international festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Davos Festival, Verbie Academy in Switzerland, and the Israel Festival. He has been featured on radio and TV on numerous occasions in Europe and the United States.

Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Roman immigrated to Israel with his family in 1994, where he studied with Arie Vardi. He graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of Seymour Lipkin and got his Masters Degree at the Juilliard School where he studied with Robert McDonald.

Roman also excels as a gifted artist, and has won prizes as a painter. For more info visit

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Theater: Being Harold Pinter, Belorus Free Theatre at various theaters of Chicago, January 27 – February 20

adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban
produced by Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada

presented by Goodman Theatre in association with Northwestern University,
League of Chicago Theatres and Chicago Shakespeare Theater

All tickets are $20

January 27–29, 2011

at Goodman Theatre

February 4–6 and 11–13, 2011

at Northwestern University

February 18–20, 2011

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

Performed in Belarusian and Russian with projected English translation.
Audience Notice: This production of includes scenes which contain brief nudity and depictions of violence.

“Truly passionate, truly political theater (that) isn’t just admirable, it has virtues beyond its relevance and bravery.” –The New York Times

“This is world-class theatre, built on the guts of raw experience.”
–Daily Telegraph (UK)

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Film: Katyn (2007), Debartolo Performing Arts Center, University of Notre Dame, January 28

KATYN (2007)


Presented by the University of Notre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

Acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda (Ashes and Diamonds, Man of Iron) recounts the tragic story of the 1940 Katyn Massacre in which thousand of Polish citizens were executed by the Soviet secret police.

Thursday, January 27th, at 7pm.

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Art Exhibit by Volodymyr Ilchyshyn, Ukrainian National Museum, February 4 – February 27

“Art Exhibit by Volodymyr Ilchyshyn”

Opens Friday, Feb 4 at 7 pm and continues through Feb 27, 2011

The Ukrainian National Museum is beginning 2011 with an exciting new exhibit featuring the art of the young and gifted Volodymyr Ilchyshyn. Pencil drawings, silver tips and oil paintings will be showcased in the exhibit.

Ilchyshyn’s love of architecture is shown in the many churches, cathedrals and buildings featured in his work. The St. Ignatius senior’s work has been featured in the “Gallery” of St. Ignatius Magazine. Ilchyshyn has studied with professional artists Yulia Tkachuk, Anatolij Khmara, Walter Monastyretsky and Father Jim Vorwoldt

Live music will be provided by Vasyl Ilchуshyn, Volodymyr’s younger brother, on the piano during the opening night. For driving instructions, visit our museum website at

Ukrainian National Museum, 2249 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL 60612 (312) 421-8020

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Theater: The Weaver’s Tales: of cinderella and the devil, Chicago Cultural Center, February 15

The Weaver’s Tales: of cinderella and the devil

Image of the Chicago Chamber OrchestraThe Weaver's Tales PosterFifth House Ensemble presents The Weaver’s Tales, a unique, multi-media, theatrical adventure that seamlessly weaves together three storylines by combining fairy tales, physical theatre, dance, high fashion, and music. Based on Grimm’s fairytales, The Weaver’s Tales are inspired by music ranging from Beethoven’s classic Septet to music from post-modern composer Elliott Carter.

This second tale weaves together three separate tales including the classic “Cinderella,” “How The Devil Married Three Sisters,” and “The Robber Bridegroom.” Music selections will include works by Ludwig von Beethoven (Septet), Elliott Carter (Sonata for flute, oboe, cello and harpsichord), and Mark Fish (Pictures of Miro, selections). Fifth House Ensemble takes a feminist twist with these tales, illustrating how women interact with men, both positively and negatively.

The third tale, “of debt and the maidens,” takes place on Tuesday, May 3, also at 7 pm in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Visit the Music at the Chicago Cultural Center Facebook page.

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Summer Program at the American Research Center in Sofia, Bulgaria, Application Deadline March 1



The Program

The American Research Center in Sofia ( offers three programs with accompanying fellowships for the academic year 2011-2012: a Fall term program (September-November 2011) focusing on the history and archaeology of Bulgaria and neighboring countries, from prehistory to the present day; a Spring term program (February-April 2012) focusing on the history of religion in Bulgaria and neighboring countries; and a nine-month program (September 2011-May 2012) which incorporates both Fall and Spring term programs. The programs combine independent research with a formal academic curriculum ARCS hosts the programs’ lectures and seminars; organizes related study trips; facilitates opportunities for taking Bulgarian and other Balkan language classes; and provides logistical support and access to local libraries, museums, and other educational institutions.

Graduate students in North American universities engaged in research on ancient, medieval, or modern Bulgaria or the Balkan peninsula or in any field of the humanities and social sciences, are eligible for all three programs.

Contact: Prof. Denver Graninger, Director of ARCS

Summer Program at the American Research Center in Sofia, 2011

The American Research Center in Sofia (, Bulgaria, sponsors a

three-week summer session on Bulgarian history and culture (July 14-August 4). The session consists of lectures at ARCS with visit sites throughout Bulgaria. Lectures and site reports are given by leading experts from Bulgarian universities and museums.

The program is open to graduate and advanced undergraduate students in North America, and college teachers, and other scholars with a serious interest in Bulgarian history and culture. The total cost for participation not including international travel is $2,000 (full room and board, use of research facilities, local travel, and lectures).

All application materials must be sent by March 1. The approved participants will receive a notification byMarch 15.

Contact: Prof. Denver Graninger, Director of ARCS

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“Transforming A Post-Soviet Society: Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Change in Ukraine,” National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” Application Deadline March 1

National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA) is organizing Summer course forinternational students “Transforming A Post-Soviet Society: Economic, Political, Social and Cultural Change in Ukraine ” (May 19 – June 6, 2011)

More details about the course, including application procedure, logistics and information on tuition fee, can be found here:

Deadline for application is March 1, 2011.

All questions about the course and the application procedure should be addressed, tel. +38 0 44 425 50 16, 425 77 70



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