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Folk group brings song and dance from eastern Europe

The Tamburitzans will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in Hovda Hall at Red Wing High School. This group is doing a Bulgarian folk dance.1 / 2
The Tamburitzans will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in Hovda Hall at Red Wing High School. These dancers are dressed in traditional Polish costumes.2 / 2

The Tamburitzans, a multicultural song and dance company based at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn., will perform at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 in Hovda Hall at Red Wing High School.

The event is a fundraiser for costs incurred when a group of local youths traveled to a Peace Conference, "Build Bridges, Not Walls," last spring in Bosnia Herzegovina. The project is a joint effort of Drammen, Norway, and the Red Wing High School Youth Outreach student group.

The Tamburitzans is a group of 32 young folk artists dedicated to the performance and preservation of the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring folk cultures. The performers are full-time students at the university.

The group presents a new production each year. During the two-hour program, the ensemble "encapsulates the joys of life and the beauty of the cultures which it artistically represents," sponsors said.

The show represents a multitude of cultural influences from eastern and southeastern Europe, including Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Carpatho-Rus', Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine and many others.

"Wherever the Tamburitzans perform, their stage becomes a kaleidoscope of sight and sound. Songs are sung in many languages and dialects. Footwork is articulated in hundreds of styles. Folk instruments such as the bandura, tambura, gadulka, and cimbalom are plucked, picked, bowed and hammered," organizers said.

"Costuming alone is a great reason to see a Tamburitzans show. During the course of a single performance, over 400 original and authentically reproduced costumes are worn by the performers. Each costume design is meticulously researched for authenticity, then created for the stage," officials added. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for high school students, $5 for grade school students, and free to children under 5.

They can be purchased at Corner Drug, Uffda Shop and Smokey Row Cafe, and from all the students who attended the Peace Conference: Jake Barrientos, Demi Brunkhorst, Bryn Christenson, Chad Larkin, Ingrid Pond, Ember Russell, Zach Tubbs and Zak Stelter.

Those eight young people and chaperones Paul and Lois Christenson attended the conference last April in the city of Mostar.