Garrett Lakes Arts Festival presents the Tamburitzans on April 20 at 7:30PM in the Garrett College Gymnasium.
Wherever the Tamburitzans perform, their stage becomes a kaleidoscope of sight and sound. Songs are sung in many languages and dialects. Footwork is articulated in hundreds of styles. Folk instruments such as the bandura, tambura, gadulka and cimbalom are plucked, picked, bowed and hammered. Costuming alone is a great reason to see a Tamburitzans show. During the course of a single performance, over 400 original and authentically reproduced costumes are worn by the performers. Each costume design is meticulously researched for authenticity, then created for the stage. The result is a carousel of style and color from the first note to the final stomp.
America's longest-running multicultural song and dance company, the Duquesne University Tamburitzans are 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.
GLAF will provide workshops for 4th and 6th grade Garrett County Students with Beth Staufra. Beth Stafura is a choreographer and dance instructor of the folk arts around the Pittsburgh area and various cities across the United States. A native of Pittsburgh, Beth graduated from Duquesne University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies and continued on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Corporate Communications in 2000. During her tenure at the university, she performed with the renowned Duquesne University Tamburitzans, a folk dance ensemble traveling across the country and performing approximately 100 shows within the annual season. In the ensemble, Beth was a musician, singer and primarily a dancer.
The workshops that Beth will be conducting on Friday, April 20, will include demonstration of Eastern European music, song and dance, children’s participation in these cultures, and video and Q&A about the Duquesne University Tamburitzans’ existence and the following performance that evening