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(E) Tamburtizans Perform in Hilton Head
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  11/24/2004 | Culture And Arts | Unrated
(E) Tamburtizans Perform in Hilton Head

 

Tamburitzans Perform at Hilton Head

 

These two articles appeared prior to the Tamburitzan performance in Hilton Head, NC in October.

 

 

Tamburtizans at arts center
 

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The Tamburitzans, a troupe of young folk artists from Duquesne University, perform Saturday at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island.

The troupe has a 67-year history, making it America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company.

Named after the tamburitza family of stringed folk instruments, the 37-member troupe specializes in the music, songs and dances of Eastern Europe. Each year, choreographers and linguists from Russia to Croatia are brought in to teach the student artists a new program of songs and dances. The students also learn how to play such diverse instruments as the bandura, tambura, gadulka and cimbalom.

The 400 elaborate costumes used in this year's show are all original reproductions of ethnic dress from Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Transylvania, Slovakia, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Greece and the Ukraine.

In addition to the show, the troupe will conduct a master class for local dance students from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. This folk dance workshop for ages 12-adult will include dance steps, combinations, styles and choreography from Eastern European countries. The cost is $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Reservations can be made through the Arts Center education office at 686-3945 ext. 222 or 233.

Tickets for the Tamburitzans' 8 p.m. performance are $29 for adults, $20 for children younger than 16, and may be purchased at the box office or by phone with a credit card by calling 842-ARTS (2787).

http://www.lowcountrynow.com/stories/102504/LOCwhatsup.shtml

 

Tamburitzans take audiences on musical journey through Eastern Europe
 

Hilton Head Island
Carolina Morning News

Paul Stafura expects his troupe of talented young folk artists to get a standing ovation when they perform Saturday at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.

The Duquesne University students, know as the Tamburitzans, have been earning the exuberant gesture of praise from audiences across the country for 67 years, making them America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company.

"It's that kind of show," said Stafura, managing director of the group. "They perform riveting dances that are high-energy and high-impact. It's jam-packed entertainment."

Named after the tamburitza family of stringed folk instruments, the 37-member troupe specializes in the music, songs and dances of Eastern Europe. Each year, choreographers and linguists from Russia to Croatia are brought in to teach the student artists a new program of songs and dances.

The students also learn how to play such diverse instruments as the bandura, tambura, gadulka and cimbalom.

"We bring Europe to us," said Stafura, who started as a Tamburitzan in 1967 and has been working with the company the last 31 years. "We're here to entertain, but we keep everything authentic from the costume pieces to the dances to the way we present them."

The 400 elaborate costumes used in this year's show are all original reproductions of ethnic dress from Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Transylvania, Slovakia, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Greece and the Ukraine.

This year's program includes a waltz and several polkas from Slovenia, a medley of humorous love songs from Bulgaria, a Serbian instrumental for the clarinet and a slapping, clapping fiery dance from Hungary.

Venturing beyond the Slavic borders, the group also will perform an Irish dance.

"It's a little bit of River Dance," Stafura said. "It's a wonderful piece that shows off our tap dancers."

The students, who receive substantial scholarship awards to the university, spend 25 days in the summer at the Tamburitzans' headquarters in Pittsburgh rehearsing from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. to prepare for the show.

"It's grueling," Stafura said. "It's like boot camp."

Starting in August, the troupe takes to the road every weekend, performing some 80 concerts a year.

"We'll travel 40,000 miles before it's all over," Stafura said. "What's amazing is that these are all full-time students - and 68 percent of them are on the Dean's List."

While there are several numbers that feature a duet or quartet, most of the sets involve six to 12 couples jumping, whirling and spinning in a spectacular kaleidoscope of color. The closing numbers for both the first and second act showcase the entire troupe with 24 of the members dancing and the rest singing and playing instruments.

"One of the unique traits of this ensemble is that they multitask," Stafura said. "You'll see someone singing one minute and dancing the next."

All of the music is live and each song is performed in the language and dialect of the country it represents.

"There's something for everyone," Stafura said. "Children are captivated by the movement and sound. It's a great show for the whole family."

In addition to the show, the troupe will conduct a master class for local dance students from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. This folk dance workshop for ages 12 to adult will include dance steps, combinations, styles, and choreography. The cost is $20 for students and $25 for adults.

Reservations can be made through the arts center education office at 686-3945, ext. 222 or 233.

Tickets for the Tamburitzans' 8 p.m. performance are $29 for adults, $20 for children younger than 16, and may be purchased at the arts center box office or by calling 842-ARTS (2787).

http://www.lowcountrynow.com/stories/102904/LOCtamburitzans.shtml

 

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