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Longest running multi-ethnic song and dance ensemble in
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Author:  Christina [ Mon Apr 16, 2001 1:52 pm ]
Post subject:  Longest running multi-ethnic song and dance ensemble in

<A HREF="" TARGET=_blank></A> <P>An excerpt:<P>DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY TAMBURITZANS<P>America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company, the Duquesne University TAMBURITZANS is a unique ensemble of talented young folk artists dedicated to the performance and preservation of the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe and neighboring folk cultures. <P>The performers are full-time students who receive substantial scholarship awards from Duquesne University, with additional financial aid provided by Tamburitzans Scholarship Endowment Funds. Headquarted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., the Tamburitzans houses one of the world's finest museum collections of international folk artifacts and library resources. <BR>Presenters! <P>If you like "Riverdance," you'll love The TAMBURITZANS! Colorful music, spectacular dancing, brilliant costumes make The Tamburitzans a superb entertainment package. <BR>The Duquesne University TAMBURITZANS began in 1937 as a musical group of twelve young men who played the tamburitza.<P>Intrigued by the culture surrounding this traditional East European stringed instrument (which is similar to a mandolin), the group's founder, Dr. Lester A. Pierce brought his "Slavonic Tamburitza Orchestra" from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he garnered support for his ensemble from the multitude of ethnic communities and fraternal societies residing in the culturally diverse city.<P>Today, these young men and women perform the music, songs, and dances of Eastern Europe<BR>and surrounding cultures under the direction of Managing Director Paul G. Stafura and<BR>Assistant Director Dimitar Manov.<BR>The Tamburitzans' numbers have tripled since those early days. The students who comprise<BR>the Tamburitzans performing ensemble come from across the country, across the border,<BR>and across the sea. Contrary to popular supposition, Tamburitzans performers are not professional; they are college students who receive grant consideration for their participation in the ensemble.<P><BR>

Author:  Basheva [ Tue Apr 17, 2001 5:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Longest running multi-ethnic song and dance ensemble in

Many years ago I saw them on TV - and I loved them. Such infectious energy...such obvious joy in what they were doing.<P>Thanks, Christina, for this.

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