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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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Film: The Lovers of Valldemosa Monastery, Fulton Recital Hall, May 26

The Department of Music presents

“The Lovers of Valldemosa Monastery”

of a 2010 opera about Frédéric Chopin by

Helen B. & Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Music and the Humanities

RSVP to by May 25.

Thursday, May 26th

7:00 PM
Fulton Recital Hall
1010 E. 59th Street, Goodspeed Hall, 4th floor


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RSO: Eurovision Screening, IHouse, May 14

A message from our friends from the European Students Association:

Hi all,

we hope you’re enjoying this quarter, and are ready for a bit of popular culture.
European Students Association in cooperation with the International House’s Residents’ Council is inviting you to
EUROVISION screening,
which will take place in the dining hall of the International House on Saturday, May 14th, at 2 pm.
Eurovision presents songs of contestants from all over Europe. Come and see what European songs are like!
In case you don’t like the performances, you can enjoy a variety of free food and snacks which will also be served.
We’re looking forward to seeing you!
On behalf of ESA board,



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Discussion: “Shostakovich, Prokofiev and their Audiences, East and West,” Gerard McBurney (Director of CSO’s Beyond the Score), Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick (History), Prof. Robert Bird (Slavic), May 9


Gerard McBurney on Shostakovich and Prokofiev

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“Shostakovich, Prokofiev and their Audiences, East and West”
A Conversation with Gerard McBurney (Director of CSO’s Beyond the Score), featuring Prof. Sheila Fitzpatrick (History) and Prof. Robert Bird (Slavic).

May 9, 2011
4:30 pm – 6pm

Franke Institute for the Humanities
At Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the Soviet Arts Experience, the Department of History, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

For more information, or if you feel you need assistance to attend, please contact CEERES or 773-702-0875.


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Concert: Music/Words series, Mark Levine and Inna Faliks, Pianoforte Foundation, May 1

Mark Levine, a member of the Permanent Faculty in Poetry at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the author of Debt (1993), Enola Gay (2000) and The Wilds (2006), will appear with pianist Inna Faliks on Sunday, May 1 at 3:00, in a series called Music/Words at the Pianoforte Foundation, 410 S. Michigan Ave., Studio 825.  Faliks will play works by Schubert, Beethoven, and a piece written for her by contemporary composer Ljva Zhurbin, and Levine will read from a new work, Rue Dementia.

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Concert: Folksong in the Soviet Era: Identity, Art, and Union, St. Josaphat Parish, Golosa Russian Choir, April 30


Folksong in the Soviet Era: Identity, Art, and Union

GolosaConcert and multimedia presentation

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 7:30 pm, pre-concert lecture at 7 PM

Founded in 1997 at The University of Chicago, Golosa is a Russian choir using folksongs, dance, stories, images, and traditional instruments to tell the story of the peoples who evolved and persevered through the Soviet era, including the Old Believers. The performance will describe cultural exchange between Moscow, Siberia, and the Americas, focusing on the use of sound in heralding regional identity within the context of larger unions. It will also explore folksongs and lore known by Russians and former Soviet citizens from all places, which were maps to navigating through and past the Soviet world.

Pre-concert lecture, 7 PM. Speaker: linguistic anthropologist and choir alumna Kate Graber, University of Michigan.


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Film: The Lovers of the Valldemosa Monastery, Film Studies Center, April 17

The Department of Music

invites you to a film screening of a 2010 opera about Frédéric Chopin by

Marta Ptaszynska
Helen B.& Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Music and the Humanities

Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 pm
Film Studies Center, Cobb Hall 306

Free and open to the public.

The Lovers of the Valldemosa Monastery was commissioned by the Grand Opera Theatre in Lodz and the Polish Ministry of culture for the Frederic Chopin Bicentennial Year 2010.

Libretto, synopsis, and more information can be found in Goodspeed Notes.

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Conference: Jewish City Music, Franke Institute, April 7

Thursday, April 7

Conference: Jewish City Music

Franke Institute, Regenstein Library East Wing

1100 E. 57th St.

9 am – 6 pm

Keynote Address: Jewish Music, Arabic Sounds, and Urban Scenes in Colonial Tunis

Ruth F. Davis, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; Yale University


This conference is presented in collaboration with the Music Department and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.


Jewish City Music Concert

The New Budapest Orpheum Society

Fulton Recital Hall (4th Floor, Goodspeed Hall)

1010 E. 59th St.

7:30 pm


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Concert: “Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Poland & Bohemia,” Rose Ensemble, Rockefeller Chapel, April 29

Rose Ensemble Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Location Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
5850 South Woodlawn Avenue
Building/Room Rockefeller Chapel
Primary Sponsor Chicago Presents
Performance Title “Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Poland & Bohemia”
Performer(s) Rose Ensemble
Cost $35 / $5 Students
Ticket Phone 773.702.8068
Contact Name Chicago Presents
Contact E-mail
Contact Phone 773.702.8068
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Event Description “The evening was notable for its air of informality and the infectious sense of enthusiasm exhibited by the performers….” (Berkshire Eagle)

Howard Mayer Brown International Early Music Series
Friday, April 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
The Rose Ensemble

“Slavic Wonders: Feasts and Saints in Early Russia, Poland & Bohemia”
Based in Minnesota and founded by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble creates imaginative performances of vocal music, connecting each individual to past worlds with stories of spirituality and humanity. Slavic Wonders includes stunning 12-part Baroque motets from the Russian Orthodox tradition, Medieval Latin chants for Slavic saints, and powerful double-choir works from the Polish Renaissance.

Disability Clause Please contact the event sponsor(s) if you require assistance to fully participate in this event.


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Concert: Balkano, LunchBreak – Music Without Borders, Chicago Cultural Center, April 1

LunchBreak – Music Without Borders: Balkano

Klezmer and Balkan music group Balkano performs a free lunchtime concert as part of the Music Without Borders Friday series.

LunchBreak’s Music Without Borders Friday concerts feature music styles from around the world.

Apr 1, 2011
12:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., Randolph Cafe
Chicago, IL 60602


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