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Gypsy Delight Thursday Night

The musical ensemble, Musicians of Ma’alwyck, will entertain with songs of Gypsy music spanning the last three centuries on Thursday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ($7/$3-Students) inThe Musicians of Ma'alwyck UAlbany’s Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center. As their program notes promise, this is music that is “fun, vivacious, harmonically uncomplicated and immediately accessible.”

Exotic melodies with wild virtuosic pyrotechnics and simple tunes with great pathos were all elements that 18th and 19th century Europeans considered to be trademarks of gypsy music. Their program, entitled Alla Gitana, is inspired by Gypsy music of Eastern Europe and features works of Kodaly, Keler-Beler, Tchaikovsky, Boccherini, Haydn and Pleyel. Alla gitana, alla zingara, Zigeuner are all musical terms in use for hundreds of years, which reflect the fascination with the music of these nomadic people. Performers in the ensemble are Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violinist; Sten Yngvar Isachsen, guitarist; and Petia Kassarova, cellist. Barker Schwartz and Isachsen are UAlbany faculty members.

Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, who teaches violin and viola at UAlbany, founded the group in 1999. They have performed widely in upstate New York and also on National Public Radio. In residence at UAlbany since 2002, the Musicians will perform another concert on campus in celebration of Black History Month on February 5, 2004.

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Students: This is a UAlbany Go2!Event. Students who have registered should be sure to place an ID card in the special Go2!Events box located in the PAC. For information on how to register visit, UAlbany Go2!Events.

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