Mila Vocal Ensemble partners with Wynn Fricke and Zenon Dance Company
Zenon Dance Company, one of the nation's premier repertory dance companies, and Mila Vocal Ensemble present the world premiere of Wynn Fricke's The Mourning Tree, set to a palette of colorful Bulgarian folk melodies. These songs, which startle with their arresting rhythms and harmonies, tell age-old stories of love and sorrow. The choreography captures their themes in a powerfully ritualistic and contemporary expression.
For this series, which is part of Zenon's 32nd Spring Season, Mila Vocal Ensemble is joined by guest artist Natalie Nowytski.
May 8-17, 2015
Buy tickets online: http://www.thecowlescenter.org/zenon-dance-company-0
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Mila Vocal Ensemble
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"Mila sings chords that Lutherans do not have in them. You would have had to stay out of church for a long time to be able to learn this music." Garrison Keillor
Mila is a professional women's vocal ensemble grounded in the harmonic traditions of Eastern Europe and Russia. The ensemble typically performs a cappella at concerts, vocal and cultural workshops, festivals, schools, churches and corporate and private events. The group also collaborates with instrumentalists and dancers, for special performances.
Members of Mila are enthusiastic students of vocal styles, rhythms, harmonies, languages, history and geography, as expressed in the folk traditions of Eastern Europe. Through music, Mila celebrates the beauty of these cultures.
The name "Mila" has tender connotations including "love" and "dear one" in many of the languages represented by its repertoire. It is also a common women's name in several Eastern European countries.
Mila's singers hail from unique musical backgrounds and have studied with renowned vocalists and instrumentalists from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Hungary, Serbia, Ukraine and Russia.
Mila is: Carol Bauer, Sarah Callahan, Debbie Ingebretsen, Kristi Larson, Laura Lentz, Natasha Lucken, Abby Morrisette, Patti Paulson, Marie Rule, Priscilla Stillwell, Phala Tracy, Jana Stow Velo, Carol Wahl, Diana Yefanova.
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Mila logo by Jim Dryden.
Mila photo by Larry Morrisette.
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