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Monday, September 15, 2003

World Renowned Tamburitzans Perform at SU September 28

SALISBURY, MD---The internationally renowned Tamburitzans of Duquesne University perform 2 p.m. Sunday, September 28, in Holloway Hall Auditorium. This colorful concert of Eastern European folk dance and song provides an energetic kickoff to Salisbury University’s Eastern European Cultural Events Series.

As part of the festival’s inaugural weekend, a European feast and concert by Hungarian folk group Duvo is 5-7 p.m. Friday, September 26, at the Bistro in SU’s Commons. An opening reception for a colorful exhibit featuring Eastern European folk costumes from the Duquesne University Tamburitzan Cultural Center follows at SU’s Atrium Gallery. Cost of the feast is $8.75 for adults, $5.20 for children. The exhibit opening is free and the public is cordially invited.

While most of the Tamburitzans coming to SU will appear on the stage, at least two will be in the audience. Joann Choich, who is teaching dance classes at SU this year, and her husband Rudolph, director of pharmacy services at Peninsula Regional Medical Center, are former Tamburitzans who recently moved to Salisbury. Joan Choich plans to be surprised by this year’s production.

“Every show is different,” she said. “It’s new every year.”

Throughout their more than 65 years of existence, the Tamburitzans have presented thousands of concerts in the United States, Canada, South America and Europeóone of the longest-running performances of its kind.

With changes into some 500 authentic, brightly colored costumes, the troupe performs a non-stop series of dance and song. The routines demand precision and athleticism, as well as a great sense of musicianship. Taking its name from the tamburitza family of Eastern European stringed folk instruments, the troupe consists of some 35 students from the United States and abroad with majors from dance to accounting to nursing.

Dimitar Manov, a native of Bulgaria and recipient of its highest artistic honor, is the group’s dance director.

According to New York Times dance critic Jennifer Dunning, “The Tamburitzans is a joyful expression of youth and spirited dance and music.”

The SU Office of Cultural Affairs and Museum Programs, and Student Organization for Activity Planning sponsor the event. Free advance tickets are required for admission. Tickets are available Monday-Saturday, September 15-27, at the Information Desk in Guerrieri University Center. Tickets are limited to two per person.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU Web site at www.salisbury.edu.>


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