“A Serbian Story,” Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by 80 member Openlac, May 23

A Serbian Story
Concert of Serbian dance, music, and song by the 80 member SCA Oplenac of Toronto with guest soloists from the Serbian National Folk Ensemble “Kolo” of Belgrade, Serbia, May 23, 7pm, at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park

Come experience the most beautiful past, a present and future!

Travel through beautiful and inspirational moments while childhood memories of young Serbian bride, tales told, songs and dances from the past come alive on the stage! On this magical journey through tradition you will end up at the wedding and party afterwards in a big explosion of energy and emotions in the form of a dance!

An experience you will love, enjoy and remember!

Original posting: http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/calendar/performance?id=2689&mos=7

World Renowned Croatian Classical Guitarist Srdjan Bulat to Perform Live in Chicago, May 16

World Renowned Classical Guitarist
From Split, Croatia


Sunday, May 16th 2010
6:00 p.m.
International House
1414 E. 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

For additional information on all Croatian Days 2010 events, please call 312-482-9902 or find us
on Facebook at http://tinyurl.com/cadays2010. Brought to you by The Croatian Consulate General of Chicago & the Croatian American Days Committee.
Persons with disabilities that may need assistance should contact the Office of Programs
& External Relations in advance of the program at 773-753-2274

Alash Tuvan Throat Singing Ensemble performing at UChicago, April 27

Time: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Location: Ida Noyes Hall Cloister Club (1212 East 59th Street, Hyde Park, Chicago)

Free and Open to the Public
Recommended $5 donation at the door
Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing and the traditional percussion and string instruments of Tuva. What is throat singing? Imagine a booming bass overlain with layers of lyrical melodies and whistling harmonics, from a single human voice! Then, combine that with thumping percussion and string rhythms.

Persons with disabilities should contact the Office of Programs and External Relations at 773-753-2275
Sponsored by the Central Asian Studies Society, the Student Government Finance Committee, the University of Chicago Arts Council, and WHPK.

For more information about Alash, please visit: www.alashensemble.com

Music|Race|Empire Conference at the Franke Institute, April 21

Music | Race | Empire

The symposium will afford an opportunity to flesh out the overarching theme of music in the racial and imperial imagination. The organizers seek to widen the perspective of world cultural studies and to advance a new, critical focus on music’s centrality in the transnational production of race.

Time: Wednesday, April 21 2:00 to 5:30pm
Location: Franke Institute for the Humanities (in the Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th Street)

Those needing assistance should contact Jessica Sparks (jessicas@uchicago.edu)

UChicago’s Golosa, and Georgian choirs to perform at DePaul University, April 9

From Golosa:

Dear friends of Golosa, Chicago’s own Russian folk choir,

Happy spring! This week brings us to DePaul University for an evening of unaccompanied choral music from East and West.

This Friday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m., we will share the stage with chamber choirs DePaul A Cappella and Women’s A Cappella, as well as two groups performing the unique folk songs of the republic of Georgia: the men’s choir Vazhkatsuri and our friends Ensemble Alioni. We’ll be singing at the DePaul Concert Hall at 800 W. Belden Ave.

You can read and hear more from Alioni at their website: www.alioni.org. We are pleased to have been invited to be part of this program and look forward to hearing several choirs that are new to us. We hope you’ll join us!

Chicago Center for Jewish Studies: Tony Kushner and the Music of the Holocaust, April 8

The Chicago Center for Jewish Studies


The 2010 Jean and Harold Gossett Lecture in Memory of the Holocaust victims Martha and Paul Feivel Korngold

Tony Kushner and the Music of the Holocaust
Thursday April 8, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Fulton Recital Hall
5845 S. Ellis Avenue

Admission is free but registration is required.

To register or if you need special assistance, please contact Daniel Hantman at hantmand@uchicago.edu or (773) 702-7108.

Spring Festival at International House, March 19-21

SPRING FESTIVAL, March 19-21, 2010
International House,1414 E 59th St, Chicago, IL 60637
workshops, concert, parties, culture sessions featuring the dance and music of Eastern Europe and Mediterranean

FRIDAY EVE PARTY, 8pm-midnight, dance workshop plus party with Jim Stoyanoff & Orch Chalgija
SATURDAY EVE, 6pm-1am, Dinner, Concert, & Dance Party with artists below ($25/$30/$40)
featuring Chris Bajmakovich & Muzika4U, Ljupčo Milenkovski & Orchestra Legenda,
plus ethnic Bulgarian, Macedonian, Polish, Serbian, etc. dance groups and more…

INFORMATION: 773-324-1247 (24-hours) or 847-331-7842-eves & weekends
balkanske_igre@yahoo.com Balkanske Igre, PO Box 1157, Chicago, IL 60690

For more information, please visit: http://www.macedonian.org/Activities/Chicago%20Spring%20Festival%202010.pdf

CEERES Event: Zolotoi Plyos – A Concert of Russian Folk Music, April 20

April 20, 2010 (Tuesday).  Zolotoj Plyos to perform at International House (1414 E. 59th Street); 7:00pm

Zolotoi Plyos – A Concert of Russian Folk Music
A talented and prolific trio named Zolotoj Plyos will perform. Zolotoi Plyos consists of three musicians, Alexander Solovov, Elena Sadina, and Sergeui Gratchev, who met at the conservatory in Saratov and who now are students of the Royal Carillon Academy in Mechelen, Belgium. They perform authentic Russian folk music from the villages in costume, both a capella and with instrumental accompaniment on over 20 authentic folk instruments (dutki, treshchetki, lozhki, balalaiki, garmoshki, etc.). The name of the group refers to a stretch on the Volga River. Co-sponsored with the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.
This event is free and open to the public.
7:00 pm, Assembly Hall

Contact: ceeres@uchicago.edu

Solomia Krushelnytska – An Evening of Opera at the Ukrainian National Museum, February 26

Solomia Krushelnytska – An Evening of Opera at the Ukrainian National Museum

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm

A musical evening at the Ukrainian National Museum featuring the

repertoire of Solomia Krushelnytska.
Featuring Puccini, Verdi and other composers.

Admission $20 per person.

The Ukrainian National Museum is located in the heart of the Ukrainian Village, at 2249 West Superior Street in Chicago.

Free Parking is available beside the Museum.

For driving instructions, visit the Museum’s website at http://www.ukrainiannationalmuseum.org/.

For additional information, please call (312) 421-8020 or e-mail Admin@UkrainianNationalMuseum.org

Chopin & Paderewski Year 2010 Kicks Off in Chicago with Unique Chopin Program, February 22

A special program in a special venue on a special date kicks off the Chicago events of the Chopin & Paderewski Year 2010 on Monday, February 22 at 1 p.m. at the Chopin Elementary School Auditorium, 2440 West Rice Street, Chicago, Illinois. This unique event is presented for the students of the Chopin School by The Organizing Committee for Chopin & Paderewski 2010 celebrations and The Paderewski Association, in collaboration with the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra and the Warsaw Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.

The great composer Fryderyk Chopin was born in Poland on February 22, 1810 (the date is sometimes given as March 1) and this event celebrates the 200th anniversary of his birth.

Young students of the Music Academy of the Chicago-based Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Barbara Bilszta, together with actors from the Little Star Children’s Theater Workshop invite the audience to observe a re-creation of the salon in the 19th century Polish home of Chopin and to listen to his music.

Performers will enact Chopin as a boy, a teenager, and then finally as a mature young man, performing his piano compositions. Chopin’s “guests” will sing his songs, dance to his mazurkas, and relate fascinating stories about their host, citing fragments of letters, poetry, and articles penned by the young genius.

Guest speakers include Chopin School Principal Antuanette Mester; a representative of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago; as well as a representative of the City of Chicago.

The Chopin Elementary School, which operates as a magnet school within the Chicago Public Schools system, serves kindergarten through 8th grade students providing academically or socially focused instruction for nearly a century. Erected in 1917, the building houses a beautiful auditorium, which has two WPA era murals completed in 1941 by Florian Durzynski (1902-69)—one lyrical mural depicts Fryderyk Chopin.

This is the first event in a series to be held in Chicago to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ignacy Jan Paderewski (b. 1860)—two of Poland’s renowned composers and musicians.

Chopin is… not a part of Poland, but precisely, the heart of Poland.
—Boris Pokrovsky, founder of the Moscow Chamber Opera Theater.

It is difficult to write of Paderewski without emotion. Statesman, orator, pianist and composer, he is a superlative man, and his genius transcends that of anyone I have ever known. Those of us who love Poland are glad that she can claim him as a son, but let her always remember that Ignacy Jan Paderewski belongs to all mankind.—Charles Phillips, The Story of a Modern Immortal, 1934.

While Chopin performed in public perhaps only 30 times, Paderewski thrilled crowds of thousands internationally with his recitals spanning over 50 years. His renown was worldwide in a time when public solo recitals were a new form of artistic expression. He was above all a masterful interpreter of Chopin and is recognized for the definitive edition of Chopin’s Complete Works.

The Paderewski Association was formed to raise awareness of the accomplishments of Ignacy Jan Paderewski—his contributions to music as well as world events of the 20th century.

The Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, established in 1997 as a chamber ensemble, now numbers over 260 professional musicians and brings Polish music to Illinois audiences in an array of venues.

Chicago Sister Cities International celebrates 50 years of its program, which comprises 28 cities worldwide. Established in 1960 upon the signing of the first cultural exchange agreement with Warsaw, Poland, the Program honors this anniversary in 2010.