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Date: 04/21/2013

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Location: Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall - Ferguson Hall

Cost: Free


The U of M School of Music presents BALKANICUS, the Ninth Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music, featuring the American premieres of music from Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, and Israel on April 21.

Renowned Serbian percussionist Nebojsa Zivkovic and distinguished Bulgarian Academician Vassil Kazandjiev are among the composers on the program.
Featured artists include leading musicians from the area and U of M School of Music faculty: baritone Philip Zawisza, cellist Nickolai Kolarov, flutist Immanuel Davis, clarinetist Patrick O'Keefe, violist/violinist Alastair Brown, and pianists Jill Dawe and Ina Selvelieva.

BALKANICUS 2013 is dedicated to the 50,000 Bulgarian Jews who survived the Holocaust. Featured on the program is a piece by Israeli composer Ofer Ben-Amots, whose mother, a Bulgarian Jew, escaped the Holocaust. Ofer Ashkenazi, visiting professor in the U of M Department of History, will discuss how the Bulgarian Jews survived the Holocaust at the concert.

All BALKANICUS concerts include works by composers of different generations and styles, influenced by diverse sources—from regional folk music to European music of the 20th century—but all inspired by Spiritus Balkanicus.

Since the first BALKANICUS concert in 2003, School of Music alumnus Nickolai Kolarov’s goal has been to bring this Spiritus Balkanicus to the American public. These concerts have introduced enchanting folk music, dance, and art from the land of the legendary musician Orpheus, which is a base of contemporary classical music. 

This concert is possible thanks to the support of:
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St Stefan Romanian Orthodox Church, St Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Temple of Israel, It’s Greek to Me Greek Restaurant, Black Sea Turkish Restaurant and private donations.



Convenient parking is available at the University's 19th Avenue and 21st Avenue parking ramps; you must pay a fee to park in these ramps. More information, including construction updates, is available on the University Parking and Transportation Services website.

Reservation Information:

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets and reservations not required. Seats are available on a first-come, first-seated basis.


Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Lisa Marshall, School of Music, 612/626-1094 or mus-ppr@umn.edu.

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