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Upcoming Events

Mila at Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Third Thursday

Mila Vocal Ensemble will be appearing as part of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' Third Thursday event, singing in the MAEP Galleries near work from Minnesota artist Jonathan Bruce Williams.

The Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) is a curatorial department of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) dedicated to exhibiting and supporting artists living and working in the state of Minnesota. Begun in 1975 as a creative partnership with the MIA, the MAEP was founded by a group of regional artists interested in creating an innovative exhibition and programming space. What began as a year-long agreement has been extended into an ongoing relationship between the Minnesota artist community and the MIA.

For more information on this FREE event, please visit this page.

Thursday, March 20, 2014, 7:00pm
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
MAEP Galleries (2nd floor)
2400 3rd Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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Past Events

Concert for Ukraine

Featuring the Twin Cities finest Ukrainian Performers and Artists and their Friends:

Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Ensemble
Ukrainian Village Band
Natalie Nowytski
Galina Gabrielle
Volodymyr Ilemsky
Igor Michaylenko
Orkestar Bez Ime
Mila Vocal Ensemble
The Tim Malloys
and others

Proceeds to support the humanitarian needs of the Maidan protestors in Ukraine. Sponsored by: Maidan Minnesota Committee.

Open to ALL. Voluntary Donations. Cash Bar / Ukrainian Foods available throughout the evening.

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Ukrainian Center
301 Main Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Mila at Winter Bluegrass Weekend

Mila Vocal Ensemble is looking forward to sharing our unique sound at Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance. The festival takes place Friday-Sunday, February 28 through March 2, 2014.

Mila will be featured at the "Spotlight On: Singing" event at the festival. "Spotlight On" is an annual concert held Saturday evening in the Music & Dance Hall (lower level) from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and hosted by Phil Nusbaum. Each year, it features a different slice of local music that is not necessarily bluegrass. This year's theme is vocal group music and features Mila Vocal Ensemble, singers of sea chanteys and related sea songs The Eddys, and the local Sacred Harp singing group.

Tickets available in advance or at the door. Single-day and weekend passes available.
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For more info on finding Mila at the festival, see official website

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
Music and Dance Hall (lower level)
3131 Campus Drive
Plymouth, MN 55441
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Chestita Baba Marta!

Welcome the coming of Spring, with Orkestar Bez Ime and Mila Vocal Ensemble, on the eve of Baba Marta, an ancient Bulgarian holiday. ("Baba" means "Grandma" in Bulgarian, and "Marta" comes from the word "mart," or "March.") Traditional folklore depicts Baba Marta as a temperamental old woman whose moods are as changeable as March weather. On March 1st, it is customary to exchange and wear Martenitsi - tokens of good health, luck and vitality. Wearing the red and white colors of the Martenitsa symbolizes our hope that Baba Marta will smile and grant us an early Spring!

We couldn't resist celebrating early this year - over happy hour and dinner on February 28th. Please join us for this lively evening of music from Bulgaria, Macedonia and surrounding areas.

Admission is free.

Friday, February 28, 2014, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Hell's Kitchen
80 South 9th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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Muzika: Celebrating the Sounds of Eastern Europe

This concert features award-winning vocalist Natalie Nowytski with friends, including Bulgarian gadulka player Nikolay Gueorguiev, womens a cappella group Mila Vocal Ensemble, Balkan party band Orkestar Bez Ime, and the folk supergroup Ukrainian Village Band.

The groups will share a selection of music that covers the Balkans to the Carpathians, including Bulgaria, Bosnia, Croatia, Latvia, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, as well as music of the Roma, the Carpatho-Rusyns, and others. The audience might even see the musicians intermingling and collaborating on songs throughout the program, as nearly everyone on the stage has worked with one another at some point.

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 official website

Harvest Songs Concert Poster

Harvest Songs: Folk Music from Eastern Europe, Russia and Finland

Join Mila and Saana Ensemble for an evening of songs celebrating the joys of harvest time. Delight in musical sounds and styles from Finland, Latvia, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria and Croatia. Relax into the spirit of bounty, gratitude and collaboration that infuses this concert program.

A portion of the proceeds from these concerts will be donated to Tubman family crisis and support services.

Tickets available at the door.
$12 general admission / $10 youth, students and seniors

Friday, November 15, 2013, 7:30pm
Pilgrim Lutheran Church
1935 St. Clair Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
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Sunday, November 17, 2013, 6:00pm
MacPhail Center for Music (Antonello Hall)
501 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Fall Fun with OBI and Mila at Black Dog

Orkestar Bez Ime hosts Mila at their "3rd Thursdays at Black Dog" event. Stop by the Black Dog for Balkan party music and good fun. This is a free, family-friendly show.

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:30pm
Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
308 East Prince Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
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Mila joins OBI at Black Dog

Mila joins Orkestar Bez Ime for a summer evening of music and festivities at the Black Dog in St. Paul.

Join us for a free, family-friendly show!

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 7:30pm
Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar
308 East Prince Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
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Black Sea Treasures

Explore musical treasures of the Black Sea and surrounding areas, in a sight- and sound-spectacular presentation by Ethnic Dance Theatre (EDT). This concert will incorporate traditional choreography, live music and award-winning costumes. ASL interpretation will be a part of each performance.

Artistic Director Donald La Course and John Omorean from the Twin Cities' Izvorasul Romanian Dance Ensemble created choreography for "Black Sea Treasures," including five new premieres and four revivals from the EDT repertoire. Dances from Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey will be featured. The acclaimed EDT Folk Orchestra will perform all the musical sets, and guest artists Mila Vocal Ensemble will provide vocal music from Russia, Ukraine and Bulgaria.

When:
Friday, March 15, 2013, 8:00pm
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 17, 2013, 2:00pm

Where:
Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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Tickets:
Adults: $25
Students and Seniors: $20
Under 12: $12

Purchase tickets online or by phone. Tickets also available at the door, starting two hours before showtime.
Ritz Theater Online: www.ritz-theater.org/tickets/
Ritz Theater Box Office: 612-436-1129
(Tuesday-Thursday, 12:30pm - 4:30pm)

Celebrate Spring!

Orkestar Bez Ime and Mila Vocal Ensemble present a musical celebration of the coming of Spring, on this ancient Bulgarian holiday of Baba Marta. ("Baba" means "Grandma" in Bulgarian, and "Marta" comes from the word "mart," or "March.") Traditional folklore depicts Baba Marta as a temperamental old woman whose moods are as changeable as March weather. On March 1st, it is customary to exchange and wear Martenitsi - tokens of good health, luck and vitality. Wearing the red and white colors of the Martenitsa symbolizes our hope that Baba Marta will smile and grant us an early Spring.

Special guests SlovCzech will keep revelers dancing into the wee hours, with their signature blend of Contemporary Czechoslovak and European Folkrock styles.

Join us for this musical celebration of Spring. Chestita Baba Marta!

Admission is free.

Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:00pm
Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55454
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Colinda Concert Poster

COLINDĂ: CLASSIC CAROLS OF EASTERN EUROPE

"Behold, the carolers come at night to the music lovers." – Iată vin Colindători (16th-century Romanian carol)

Inspired by the ancient, Romanian tradition of colindători (Christmas carolers), Mila Vocal Ensemble presents a holiday concert that will take audiences on a breathtaking tour of Eastern European holiday sounds. Music lovers will be thrilled by the bracing sounds of Croatia, surprised by the raw energy and dissonant harmonies of Bulgaria, and charmed by joyful Ukrainian carols. Treats from Romania, Russia, Belarus, Georgia and Serbia also will delight new audiences and familiar friends alike.

In the spirit of the caroler, Mila will take their Friday show on the road to Crossings Art Center, a folk musicians' favorite in Zumbrota, MN. Enjoy the ambiance and crisp acoustics in a cozy, smaller-town setting.

Saturday's concertgoers will appreciate the local appeal of the Croatian Hall in South St. Paul, with its stunning woodwork and low-key charm. Stay, mingle with friends, and raise a glass at the post-concert holiday party! Refreshments and a cash bar will be provided.

Sunday's matinee offers a warm dose of holiday spirit in the airy, greenery-infused sanctuary at Unity Church in St. Paul.

Tickets available at the door.

Friday, December 14, 2012, 7:30pm
Crossings Art Center
320 East Avenue
Zumbrota, MN 55992
$18 day of show / $16 in advance
Reservations suggested: 507-732-7616
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Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7:30pm
Croatian Hall
445 2nd Avenue South
South St. Paul, MN 55075
$12 general admission / $10 youth, students and seniors
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Sunday, December 16, 2012, 2:00pm
Unity Church - Unitarian
732 Holly Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104
$12 general admission / $10 youth, students and seniors
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Reflections on the Danube

Take a journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea as Ethnic Dance Theatre (EDT) presents Reflections on the Danube. EDT is known for traditional presentations of the movements, sounds and colors of various ethnic dance and music cultures. This performance will reflect EDT's signature style, incorporating traditional choreography, live music and spectacular costumes.

Artistic Director Donald LaCourse, EDT resident choreographer Eva Maria Kish, and guest choreographers John Morovich from Seattle and John Omorean from the Twin Cities will premier three new choreographies: LaCourse will stage Tanze vom Schwarzwald, from the fairytale-like Black Forest of Germany. Morovich will create a new work from the Baranja region of Croatia featuring enchanting music and priceless antique costumes. Omorean's piece comes from the Danube delta region of Dobrogea in Romania, with haunting violins and lightning footwork. In addition, several works from the EDT repertoire will be revived, representing music and dance from Bulgaria, Austria, Slovakia, Serbia and Hungary.

McKnight-award-winners Orkestar Bez Ime will perform all musical sets. This show also will feature the vocal talents of singer Natalie Nowytski and Mila Vocal Ensemble. ASL interpretation will be a part of each performance.

When:
Friday, March 23, 2012, 8:00pm
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 25, 2012, 2:00pm

Where:
Ritz Theater
345 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413, USA
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Admission:
Adults: $20
Students and Seniors: $15
Under 12: $12

Purchase tickets online or by phone. Tickets also available at the door, starting two hours before showtime.
Ritz Theater Online: www.ritzdolls.com/tickets/
Ritz Theater Box Office: 612-436-1129
(Tuesday-Friday, 12:30pm - 4:30pm)

Chestita Baba Marta!

Orkestar Bez Ime and Mila Vocal Ensemble present a musical celebration of the coming of Spring, on this ancient Bulgarian holiday of Baba Marta. ("Baba" means "Grandma" in Bulgarian, and "Marta" comes from the word "mart," or "March.") Traditional folklore depicts Baba Marta as a temperamental old woman whose moods are as changeable as March weather. On March 1st, it is customary to exchange and wear Martenitsi - tokens of good health, luck and vitality. Wearing the red and white colors of the Martenitsa symbolizes our hope that Baba Marta will smile and grant us an early Spring!

Join us for this lively evening of music from Bulgaria, Macedonia and surrounding areas.

Admission is free.

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 8:00pm
Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Avenue S
Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA
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Radujsja! Rejoice in the Holiday Music of Eastern Europe

Rejoice in the unique sounds of Eastern Europe! Mila Vocal Ensemble presents a choral tour of winter songs from countries such as Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Romania, Croatia, Bulgaria and Ukraine. At turns rich, mysterious, thrilling, zesty, and lilting, this holiday music will warm your heart and invigorate your spirit. Radujsja! (Rejoice!)

Tickets available at the door.
$10 general admission / $5 youth, students and seniors

Sunday, December 4, 2011, 2:00pm
United Theological Seminary (Bigelow Chapel)
3000 Fifth Street Northwest
New Brighton, MN 55112, USA
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Friday, December 16, 2011, 7:30pm
Hobgoblin Music (Stoney End Music Loft)
920 MN Hwy 19
Red Wing, MN 55066, USA
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Sunday, December 18, 2011, 2:00pm
Unity Church - Unitarian
732 Holly Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104, USA
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Mila at Walker Art Center's Acoustic Campfire

Mila Vocal Ensemble and McKnight Artist Fellowship-winner Orkestar Bez Ime perform together - outside and unplugged - at Walker Art Center's Acoustic Campfire. Part of the Walker Open Field series, this relaxed summertime event promises to captivate. Dancing encouraged!

Admission is free.

When: Thursday, August 25, 2011, 8:00PM
Where: View Map and Directions
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA

Martenitsa!

Join Orkestar Bez Ime and Mila Vocal Ensemble for an energetic evening of music from Bulgaria, Macedonia, and surrounding areas. "Martenitsa" is a Bulgarian tradition welcoming spring, which we'll all be looking forward to after the winter we've had. Bring a friend or come alone. Dance, listen, carouse. Na zdrave!

When: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 8:00PM
Where: View Map
Acadia Cafe
329 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454, USA

A Christmas Celebration!

Join Mila Vocal Ensemble for a delightful evening of traditional holiday music. We will perform musical selections from a variety of Eastern European countries. Tickets for these shows will be available at the door; $10 for adults and $5 for seniors, students, or youth.

When: Friday, Dec 10th 2010, 7:30PM
Where: View Map
Unity Church - Unitarian
732 Holly Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104, USA

Songs for Springtime!

Join Mila Vocal Ensemble for a melodic evening trave