Muzika: Celebrating the Sounds of Eastern Europe
This concert features award-winning vocalist Natalie Nowytski with friends, including Bulgarian gadulka player Nikolay Gueorguiev, Mila Vocal Ensemble, Balkan party band Orkestar Bez Ime, and the folk supergroup Ukrainian Village Band.
At 7:00pm the artists will give a talk on what to listen for in Eastern European music to help those new to the music, followed by the concert itself at 7:30pm.
Tickets available at the door or by phone at 651-523-2459
$12 adult, $8 youth/students, $5 for the Hamline community
Parking at Hamline is free
Friday, December 6, 2013, 7:30pm
7:00pm pre-concert talk, "Listening to Eastern European Music"
Hamline University (Sundin Music Hall)
1531 Hewitt Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
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For more information see the event's official website
Mila Vocal Ensemble
Three appearances on A Prairie Home Companion
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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, Sarah Larsson, Laura Lentz, Abby Morrisette, 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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ATTENTION SINGERS: Mila is always looking for women with outstanding voices who love what we do. If you are interested in auditioning for Mila, please e-mail us to schedule a time. High and low voices are especially desirable, foreign language experience helpful.
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