BALKANICUS – April 21, 2013 – Ninth concert of Balkan contemporary chamber music

…The Spirit of Balkanicus Wanders for a Decade through America…


What:  Balkanicus - Ninth Annual concert of Balkan contemporary chamber music

When:  April 21, Sunday at 7 pm

Where:  Ultan Recital Hall  - U of M

School of Music - Ferguson Hall

 2106 S 4th St, Minneapolis


Admission: FREE and open to the public.


The Ninth Balkan Chamber Music concert will feature a program of American premieres of music from Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia and Israel. This concert is special because it is dedicated to the saving of the 50,000 Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust, 70 years ago. It will feature a piece by the Israeli composer Ofer Ben-Amots whose mother was a Bulgarian Jew and she is one of those saved. It’s an historical fact that the only countries which saved their own Jewish population are: Bulgaria and Denmark.

Ofer Ashkenazi, visiting professor in the Department of History will talk about the saving of the Bulgarian Jews.


The program:

Nebojsa Zivković, Serbia - 'Trio per uno' for percussion instruments

Ionel Petroi, Serbia - 'Precipitando' for cello and piano

Vassil Kazandjiev, Bulgaria - Reflections for 2 celli

Roumen Baliozov, Bulgaria - Beyond - for voice, viola and cello

Ofer Ben-Amots, Israel - 'Cantillations' for clarinet and cello

Ivo Parać, Croatia- Serenatella for flute, violin, cello and piano


The performers are leading musicians from the region:

Philip Zawisza ,voice

Nickolai Kolarov, cello

Immanuel Davis, flute

Patrick O'Keefe, clarinet

Alastair Brown, violin and viola

the pianists Jill Dawe and Ina Selvelieva


The concert series is created in 2003 in the Twin Cities by the Bulgarian cellist Nickolai Kolarov to showcase new music from the Balkans.

The Balkans are a region with ancient musical culture, the home of the legendary musician Orpheus, and enchanting folk music and dances, well known to the American public. It is also the base of diverse contemporary classical music which still remains largely unknown.

On the 2013 program are works by composers of different generations and styles, inspired by diverse sources from regional folk music to the influence of the European tendencies of the second part of the 20th century but all united by spiritus balkanicus.


Reception will follow afterward

This concert is possible thanks to the support of:
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council
West Bank School of Music
Bulgarian School of Minnesota
St Sava Serrbian Orthodox Church
St Stefan Romanian Orthodox Church    
It's Greek to Me Greek Restaurant
Black Sea Turkish Restaurant
And private donations