WMU News

The Russians are coming!

Nov. 5, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University serves as host to the ninth annual Kalamazoo Russian Festival, Friday, Nov. 19, at Miller Auditorium and Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Fetzer Center.

The festival officially opens Friday with a Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra concert of music by "Russian Masters," including Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Prokofiev. Guest violin soloist Dmitri Berlinsky is the youngest winner in the history of the Paganini International Violin Competition. The prelude begins at 7 p.m. and the concert is at 8 p.m. in Miller Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased by calling (269) 387-2300 or at <www.millerauditorium.com>.

The main festival is a family and cultural event with offerings of interest to all ages, including music, art works, ethnic food, folk dancers, a silent auction, vendors and displays, and educational presentations, Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Fetzer Center. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for students of all ages.

Among the sponsors of the festival are the WMU Department of English and Lee Honors College. The main festival sponsor is the Kalamazoo-Pushkin Partnership, a citizen group formed in 1992 to help promote relationships between Kalamazoo and its sister-city of Pushkin, Russia.

More information is available at <russianfestival.org>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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