One of the most colorful of shows will descend on Munster next weekend.
The Duquesne University Tamburitzans will bring their blend of music, culture and dance to the stage of Munster Senior High School on March 16. The troupe will perform at 2 p.m.
"The show is such great family entertainment. There are beautiful costumes and exciting dances. It's a great experience from beginning to end," said John Pruzin Jr., a local Tamburitza and supporter of the Duquesne Tamburitzans.
The group, with Paul G. Stafura as managing director, offers a variety of entertainment combing musical performances with folk dances. The group is comprised of students of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn., and was established officially in 1937 with just a few musicians.
Pruzin said every show contains new additions with this year featuring a segment with Jewish songs and dances. While the group's main concentration of musical material is centered on the Balkans, including Croatian and Serbian influences, they also present a great deal of other Eastern European cultures on stage, including Czech, Macedonian, Russian and more.
In a past interview, director Stafura said, "In Eastern Europe, you can go across the river, across the road or across the mountains and see a whole new culture, new costumes, new sets of songs and new dances. So, we never run out of resources."
On the entertainment roster, audience members will see a variety of dances including Vlach Dances; Dances from Polissia; The Potters' Dance; Gypsy Songs from Slovakia; Dances from the Timok River Valley and more.
Pruzin said something new this year will be the opportunity for fans to gather in the cafeteria at the high school for food, additional music and dance. There'll be various food for sale including homemade nut rolls and strudel. Braca Tamburitza will perform for guests' enjoyment.
"It'll be a nice experience," Pruzin said.
FYI: Duquesne University Tamburitzans will perform at 2 p.m. March 16 at Munster Senior High School, 8808 Columbia Ave., Munster. Tickets are $25 and $23. For more information, call (877) 826-6437 or visit duq.edu/tamburitzans