Two events marking a celebration of Eastern European Culture will take place at Queens Library on April 16 and 19.
On April 16, renowned Romanian singer Lia Lungu willperform traditional Romanian folk music characterized by its great vitality. Recognized for her interpretations of traditional and non-contemporary folklore, she is well known throughout the USA, and has helped to popularize traditional Romanian folk music. She will be accompanied on piano by Romanian Conservatory University graduate Nicky Stevens and on clarinet by Mihai Donca, a well-known musician in the Romanian diaspora.
On April 18, Zlatne Uste ("Golden Lips") will have a concert featuring a repertoire of the lively instrumental and vocal music of the Romany (“Gypsy”) brass bands of southern Serbia, Slavic Serbia, Macedonia, and Bulgaria. Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band was formed in 1983. They’ve performed from Brazil to Canada and coast to coast for American and Balkan audiences. In 2010 the band made its fifth trip to the Dragačevo Festival of Trumpeters in Guča, Serbia as representatives of the United States. Zlatne Uste has released four CDs and is featured in an upcoming full length documentary by Meerkat Media Collective.
Traditional Eastern European Easter meats, pastries, and refreshment will be available. Food is limited to a first come, first served basis. Participants are welcome to sample the food. Queens Library is not responsible for any allergic reactions or illnesses as a result of participation.