Kresge Theater (CMU) and Los Sabrosos Dance Co.
March 23
4 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Discover the rich world of Balkan music at this two-part event series on Friday.

From 4 to 6 p.m., the public is invited to the free symposium, “Balkan Music and Culture: Sounds of Past and Present,” co-hosted by Listening Spaces and Pitt’s Department of Music.

Scholars and musicians will discuss how ethnic, gender, class and national identities intersect to create dynamic musical practices. Featured speakers include Slovenian ethnomusicologist Ana Hofman, anthropologist and dance leader Alex Marković, Macedonian Rom choreographer Milo Destanovski, and clarinetist Jessica Ruiz.

The program continues with a lively party at Los Sabrosos Dance Co. in Garfield. Dance, drink and welcome spring with the Pitt Carpathian Ensemble during a showcase of traditional and contemporary Balkan music and dance.

Performances will feature traditional Macedonian Zurla/Tapan music, Balkan dances and electroacoustic sounds by local ensemble Bombici. Attendees can participate in improvisations, singalongs and even grab an instrument and join the musicians.