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Russian Festival culminates week of events

Nov. 13, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Russia Week in Kalamazoo is Nov. 14-21 and features four major events sponsored by the Kalamazoo-Pushkin Partnership in collaboration with Western Michigan University and other sponsors.

Highlights of Russia Week Events

Golosa and Russian Field Concert
Saturday, Nov. 14, 8 p.m.
First Congregational Church

Golosa, the University of Chicago Russian Choir, and Russian Field, a trio from Kalamazoo's sister city of Pushkin, perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at First Congregational Church, 129 S. Park St., Kalamazoo. The program is presented in collaboration with the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. Tickets are $15, $12 for senior citizens and $5 for students. They are available in advance through Miller Auditorium.

Evtodieva and Chasovitin in Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1 and 8:15 p.m.
WMU Dalton Center

Victoria Evtodieva, soprano, and Dmitry Chasovitin, piano, will perform at 1 and 8:15 p.m., with their repertoire of Russian romances and 19th century songs of love and longing. Both concerts are open to the public free of charge and will be held in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

Reading by novelist Robert Alexander
Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
2028 Brown Hall, WMU

Robert Alexander, author of three best-selling historical novels set in the final days of czarist Russia, will give a lecture and reading at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Kalamazoo Russian Festival
Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WMU Fetzer Center

Culminating the week is the 14th annual Kalamazoo Russian Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fetzer Center on the campus of WMU. The festival includes art, music, food, drama, dancing, a silent auction and chess playing. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for students. There is no charge for children under 5.

A complete schedule of the week's events and detailed schedule for Nov. 21 are available on the festival Web site.

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