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Concert: Alioni Georgian Choir of Chicago, May 20

Friday, May 20th, Alioni will present their annual Spring Concert — this year with the theme, “Colorful Characters.”  The ensemble’s Musical Director, Dr. Clayton Parr, has this to say about the upcoming program:  “Colorful Characters highlights the many fascinating personalities in Georgian song, from queens to traitors, from beautiful women to lecherous old uncles!”  Special guest Brandon Acker on stringed chonguri & guitar, and featuring Max Evrard on bowed chunir.

Alioni is a 12-member vocal ensemble founded in Chicago in 2008 by Clayton Parr and Sarah Burghardt with the purpose of sharing the ancient choral folk music traditions of the Republic of Georgia through teaching and performing.

What:    Ensemble Alioni, 3rd Annual Spring Concert
“Colorful Characters”

When:    Friday, May 20th, 2011  — 8pm
Parking can be a challenge, allow extra time
or use public transportation.

Cost:        Suggested donation $10 — CASH Only!
($5 for students and children under 16)

Where:    Saint Josaphat Church
2311 N. Southport (at Belden)
Chicago, IL 60657
map link (opens a GoogleMaps page)
Come early!  There are many food and drink options
just a short walk away on Clybourn.

St Josaphat Church is located at Southport and Belden in the lively DePaul neighborhood approximately one mile east of the Kennedy Expressway — Fullerton exit.  St Josaphat is near public transportation: #9 Ashland or #74 Fullerton buses or a healthy walk from the Brown Line / Red Line “el” stop at Fullerton (you can also transfer to the #74 Fullerton bus), or a different 15 minute walk from the Metra UP (union pacific) North, or Northwest line’s Clybourn Metra station (see map link above).
A small amount of free parking is available in a lot behind the church – accessible via Belden to Wayne St, or street parking along Southport, Clybourn, or Fullerton.  (The rest of the area has zoned parking restrictions at night.)  Some additional public parking is available (for a price) three blocks away at the Webster Place Theaters (Webster Place System Parking ‪1465 West Webster – at Clybourn)‬.  Since Clybourn cuts diagonally through the area, we suggest you use the map link above so you can see where the parking options are located in relation to the church and surrounding streets.  You can also print the map.

Come and hear Ensemble Alioni!
Experience for yourself the rough majesty of Georgian traditional music,
where Western musical traditions and Eastern tonalities blend… and collide!



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Georgian Intensive Language Workshop, American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS), Application Deadline May 23

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS presents theGeorgian Intensive Language Workshop, a ten-day Georgian language immersion program in Bazaleti, Georgia.


Beginning Level Workshop: June 13-22, 2011

Intermediate/Advanced Level Workshop: July 20-29, 2011


*5 hours of intensive instruction per day (3 hours per day of grammar and 2hours per day of vocabulary and conversation – 50 hours total)

*Evening activities and films

*Accommodation and 3-meals per day in the Bazaleti Training Center

*Certificate of Program Completion from American Councils


Applicants will be required to complete a bio-data form and to confirmparticipation by making a deposit of $100 by credit card or wire transfer tothe American Councils office in Washington, DC by the application deadlinedate. Final payment should be made by the same mechanisms by the programstart date.

For more information and an application, please contact:

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCEL
S Chavchavadze Ave. 27/29, Tbilisi, GEORGIA
Telephone: (995-32) 292106

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Department of Linguistics to Offer Autumn Courses in Elementary and Advanced Georgian

Tamra Wysocki-Niimi will be teaching elementary Georgian this year (listed under Languages in Linguistics). She will use Howard Aronson’s textbook (Georgian: A Reading Grammar) and supplementing with additional text, audio, and video materials that will be provided in class. For the Autumn Quarter, the class is scheduled for MWF 12:30-1:20. Please note that the class time is negotiable. She will also be offering Advanced Georgian. The course time is currently scheduled on MWF from 2:30-3:20, although this may change. If you are interested in Advanced Georgian or would like additional information, please send an email to

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