10th Balkanicus Annual Concert - April 27, 2014, Sunday at 7pm

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When:  April 27, 2014, Sunday at 7 pm

Where: Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in Ferguson Hall (University of Minnesota west bank campus)

What: Balkanicus - Tenth Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music

                                      FREE and open to the public



BALKANICUS 2014 - 10th Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music


The School of Music of the University of Minnesota presents BALKANICUS 2014 –

the Tenth Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music, on Sunday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m.,

in Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall in Ferguson Hall, 2106 S. 4th St., Minneapolis, MN.

This event is free and open to the public.

The BALKANICUS chamber concert series was created in 2003 by Bulgarian cellist Nickolai Kolarov to showcase new music from the Balkans, including American premieres of works by composers of different generations and styles.

The concert will feature two world premiere performances: “The Last Song” (2006) for baritone and piano, by Serbian composer Dejan Despic on a text by 1961 Nobel Laureate for Literature, Ivo Andric; and  “Relatio” for tenor, flute, clarinet, cello and piano, with lyrics by Ioana Ieronim, written specially for Balkanicus 2014 by Romanian composer Sorin Lerescu.

The program will also include “Seven Bagatelles”  for clarinet and cello by Konstantin Iliev, “Saga” for cello and piano by Vassil Kazandjiev, and choral songs by Georgi Andreev.

Featured artists include University of Minnesota faculty members, students, and guest performers, including tenor John De Haan, cellist Nickolai Kolarov, clarinetist  Patrick O’Keefe, flutist James DeVoll, pianist Jill Dawe, and Urban Sound a cappella student chamber choir.

BALKANICUS programs convey 'Spiritus Balkanicus,' spanning centuries and cultures and incorporating musical influences from Balkan folk traditions to Western Classical and 21st-century musical trends. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Additional support from the West Bank School of Music, the Modern Greek Studies Program of the University of Minnesota Institute for Global Studies, the Bulgarian School of Minnesota, the Heritage Organization of Romanian Americans in Minnesota, St. Stefan Romanian Orthodox Church, St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, It’s Greek to Me Greek Restaurant, Black Sea Turkish Restaurant, KFAI, Excel Energy and private donations