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March 20, 2008

Mark Russell Smith Featured on Morning Edition

Hear Mark Russell Smith and Jerry Luckhardt interviewed on MPR (91.1 FM, KNOW) on Morning Edition. To read the story and to listen to the audio online, visit the MPR website.

March 19, 2008

Fifth Annual Concert of Balkan Contemporary Music BALKANICUS: Music from Albania, Bulgaria and Romania

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 7:30 pm
Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall
Free and open to the public

Noriko Kawai, piano; John De Haan, voice; Nickolai Kolarov, cello; Rudolph Kremer, violin; and graduate students and members of the School of Music New Music Ensemble perform the works of Thomas Simaku (Albania), Ivan Spassov (Bulgaria), Simeon Pironkov (Bulgaria), Roumen Balyozov (Bulgaria), and Sorin Lerescu (Romania).

The program includes “The Flight of the Eagle for Piano� (2001) by Thomas Simaku, Albania; “Confrontation for Violin and Cello (Instrumental Theatre)� (1976) by Ivan Spassov, Bulgaria; “Fantasia for Baritone, Cello and Piano on Heinrich Heine's poetry� (1997) by Simeon Pironkov, Bulgaria; “(DIS)CONTINUUM for instrumental ensemble and tape� (2003) by Sorin Lerescu, Romania; and “EXACT MUSIC for nine instruments� (2007) by Roumen Baliozov, Bulgaria.

This chamber concert series, created by Bulgarian cellist Nickolai Kolarov in 2003, showcases New Music from the Balkans and familiarizes the American audience with international composers of different generations and styles who all carry the “Spiritus Balkanicus.�