Folks dancing during Planina's set at the 2016 Boulder International Festival.
“In front of my window, a lilac bloomed. In my sore heart, love was awakened,” begin the lyrics of a Russian Cossack song about love lost.
In this concert, Planina explores the panoply of love’s flavors, from a father’s love for his baby daughter (Hungarian Rom) to a soldier’s love for his horse (Russia); from a girl asking the stars about her lover (Bosnia) to the awkwardness between a girl and boy expected to spend the night together platonically (Republic of Georgia). Songs on other topics—planting grapes, building towers, heroes—punctuate the evening, as the audience is treated to musical styles from the Balkans, Russia and beyond.
Some of the songs are performed a cappella and others are accompanied by folk instruments and/or modern instruments, including accordion played by guest artist Petar Teodosijev.
The Congregation Nevei Kodesh sanctuary, with its warm acoustics, makes it particularly suited for Planina’s nuanced, multi-layered choral arrangements that aren’t right for outside festival appearances but whose harmonies can pierce right through to the heart. This is Planina’s first full concert in Boulder in more than a year. Don’t miss it!
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$10 children 8-12. Free for children under 8
This annual festival on the lawn at CU-Boulder has become one of our favorite signs of spring. It takes place on the northwest corner of the University of Colorado-Boulder campus, on the lawn between Hale Science Building and Varsity Pond near Broadway and University. It starts around 4:00 p.m. and Planina sings two 20-minute sets between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
The festival is produced by CU's Slavic Languages Department--a department where TWO Planina members currently work.
This family event is free and open to the public. Participate in traditional Russian games, eat traditional Russian foods prepared by the students, see traditional effigy dolls and costumes, and enjoy Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian, Polish and Balkan songs live with Planina.
Rain or shine! In case of wet weather Planina will perform on the patio of the west side of the McKenna building.
Live music for folk dancing by SIX hot local bands specializing in traditional and contemporary music from Eastern Europe. Many of the dances are easy enough to learn on the spot. Everyone’s invited to dance, but no one is required to; the Avalon has plenty of room to sit and watch. In Eastern Europe, live music and dancing are always accompanied by food! So roll up your sleeves, make a great potluck dish and come celebrate!
The City of Edgewater is hosting a series of Thursday night events combining farmer's market and music. On Thurs., Aug. 11, Planina will sing and play, including songs for listening and for folk dancing. Please bring folding chairs! There's no official dance floor, and very limited space, but there's a little room for dancing in the street. It's on Edgewater's Historic West 25th Avenue between Sheridan Boulevard and Ames Street. Click here for directions and updates.
Thursday is also the night for international folk dancing at Washington Park, a 45-year tradition with the amazing Schukr ("Sugar") Basanow. Listen and dance to live music with Planina in Edgewater starting at 6, then drive over to Washington Park and catch more dancing with Sugar until 10! (Check out the Denver Post's recent feature and video about Schukr.)
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