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April 14, 2004

Russian Gypsy Music Comes To UI April 18

The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) is hosting a musical performance by Trio Kolpakov, a Moscow-based Gypsy group, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, at the University of Iowa International Center. The performance is free and open to the public.

Anne Harley, Oleg Timofeyev and Etienne Abelin along with Gypsy guitarists Alexander Kolpakov and Vadim Kolpakov and vocalist Anne Harley will perform Russian songs.

Starting from the early 1790s, the Gypsy singers, guitarists and choruses were becoming increasingly popular in Moscow and St. Petersburg. At that time, they performed Russian folk songs and romances almost exclusively, but in their own distinctive way: their exuberant ornamentation and passionate improvisation eventually lead to a completely new musical idiom, known as the romalesca.

The performance is co-sponsored by the Russian department, the political science department Bose Lecture Series, International Programs, the UI Main Library, International Crossroads Community, The Czech and Slovak National Heritage Museum, and the Junior Faculty Development Program. More information is available online at

CREEES was established within UI International Programs to respond to a series of new challenges and opportunities posed by the profound changes under way in Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia. The center works to encourage and support individual and collaborative projects across University of Iowa colleges and professional schools. These projects involve: innovative ways to educate students so they can respond effectively to the region's challenges and opportunities; research and other creative activity by University of Iowa faculty and students that generates insights into the theoretical and professional issues arising in these societies; and making the varied programs of the center available to the community, the region and the nation.

CREEES is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Meredith Good, CREEES, at 319-335-1439 or Blythe Burkhardt, International Programs, at 319-335-1436.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Writer: Mansi Bhatia