Oak Glen Middle Culture Club hosts Tamburitzans
NEW CUMBERLAND – The Duquesne University Tamburitzans will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Oak Glen High School’s Little Theater.
A school group will open for the Tamburitzans at 6:45 p.m.
The Duquesne University Tamburitzans is the longest running live stage show in the United States.
The performers sing traditional and folk songs in a variety of languages and dialects and play a host of folk instruments, including the bandura, tambura, gadulka and cimbalom. More than 65 instruments are used during the show.
The group has one of the largest collections of international folk artifacts, dress and accessories, and research resources. During each performance, more than 500 costumes are used. The costumes are either original, or directly from the country of origin, or reproduced after meticulous research.
A Duquesne University Tamburitzan – the name comes from the stringed instruments they play – are full-time university students who receive a scholarship from the university and financial aid from the Tamburitzans Scholarship Endowment Funds for their participation and performance.
Most Tamburitzans have come through the ranks of “junior” tamburitzans 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 ensemble. Those who are accepted attend an intensive three-week production camp in mid-July at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., with veteran Tamburitzans. Each year’s production is fine-tuned during a two-week tour.
This season’s production includes small and large music and dance ensembles, as well as solo, duet and full choral presentations. The 33-member ensemble is led by Managing Director Paul G. Stafura. The student performers come from all corners of the United States and from as far away as Bulgaria, Serbia and Macedonia.
The Tamburitzans are dedicated to performing and preserving the music, songs and dances of Eastern and Southeastern Europe folk culture. It draws on the culture and traditions of Armenia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Carpatho-Rus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Ukraine.
The group has one of the largest collections of international folk artifacts, dress and accessories, and research resources. During each performance, more than 400 costumes are used. The costumes are either original, or directly from the country of origin, or reproduced after meticulous research.
The group creates and performs a new production each year, and each performance runs approximately two hours. The group works with folk artists and choreographers to create an authentic experience with great attention to detail.
Advance tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are available. They can be purchased from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays at Oak Glen Middle School located at 39 Golden Bear Drive. Advance tickets also are available by sending a check payable to the Oak Glen Middle School Culture Club to 39 Golden Bear Drive, New Cumberland, WV 26047. All tickets are $24 at the door. For information, call (304) 374-7474.