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Tamburitzans show to aid Center in the Woods

| Thursday, April 7, 2005

The internationally renowned Duquesne University Tamburitzans will perform a concert in support of The Center in the Woods in California 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at California University of Pennsylvania's Steele Auditorium.

All proceeds will benefit the Center in the Woods' programs and services for senior citizens.

During more than 65 years of existence, the Tamburitzans have presented thousands of shows throughout the United States and Canada and have achieved international acclaim in countries from South America to Europe.

In a two-part presentation, the Tamburitzans capture the indomitable spirit of Eastern Europe and neighboring cultures.

The group uses more than a dozen languages to strike a universal chord: whether it be joy at a wedding, sorrow over lost love, or pride in a plentiful harvest. Through music and movement, the Tamburitzans portray the human experience with passion and believability.

This season's production has performances from various nationalities including Croatian, Slovenian, Irish, Ukrainian and many more.

More than 500 costumes featured in the show reflect the diversity of the countries, regions, and nationalities which they represent.

Rich textiles, magnificent embroideries and intricate lacework adorn the performers as they shuttle through cityscape and countryside, bringing to American theatre the magic of places which most people have only read about or heard mentioned in stories and memories of the "Old Country."

The name Tamburitzan comes from the stringed instruments which they play.

Most Tamburitzans have come through the ranks of Junior Tamburitzan and other ethnic performing groups in their own communities or have been students of the performing arts since early childhood.

Usually during their senior year in high school, applicants audition for a spot in the camp in mid-July at the Kiski School.

After the new production is perfected during a two week training tour of performances in mid and north central U.S. cities, these student performers begin classes at Duquesne in late August.

Ensemble members receive scholarship aid for their participation in the ensemble, and may study in any discipline offered at the university. Concurrently, throughout and beyond Duquesne's academic year, they travel by bus across the U.S. presenting their show on weekends and semester breaks, captivating audiences everywhere with their special brand of entertainment.

Managing Director Paul G. Stafura and Director for Dance Dimitar Manov lead the 35-member group.

The Center in the Woods is a multi-purpose community center serving older adults, their families and the entire community.

The Center, located in California, has a long-standing reputation for being a center of activity and support to more than 3,000 seniors for nearly twenty years.

A limited number of premium tickets at $40 are available for the California performance and include special seating for the show, a pre-performance reception at Gallagher Hall from 6 to 7 p.m. and a program booklet.

General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors age 60 and over and students.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the Steele Auditorium box office at (724) 938-5943 or the Center in the Woods at (724) 938-3554.

For more information about the concert, visit the website www.cup.edu/citw.

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