POWELL, Wyo. - The sounds of eastern Europe can be heard in Powell when seven master musicians from the Republic of Moldova come to Northwest College to offer concerts, workshops and programs Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 28 and 29.
A cultural presentation is scheduled Monday evening, followed by a concert Tuesday evening. Both start at 7:30 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
Two of the music scholars will discuss the historical and contemporary aspects of their musical heritage in the Monday evening program. Diana Bunea and Victoria Tcacenco will present visual and aural images of Moldovan music ranging from the ancient lautar tradition of northern Moldova to rock opera in Chisinau.
The Tuesday evening concert features the La Taifas quartet with panflute master Boris Rudenco, violinist Marin Bunea, accordionist Edgar Stefanet and cimbalom master Gheorghe Severin.
The virtuosic musicians will perform pieces ranging from the haunting sounds of a Romanian doina to exotic and virtuosic dances with a Turkish flair. They will be joined by Moldovan classical guitarist Maria Bunea and the Northwest College choir under the direction of Jan Kliewer.
The musicians’ stop in Powell is part of their three-week tour of Utah and Wyoming. They are supported by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund.
Both evening events on the Northwest College campus are free and open to the public.