Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Concert by Ivan and Tzvetanka Varimezova

The UCLA's Faculty Women's Club was honored earlier today by the presence of Ivan and his wife Tzvetanka's live concert. Here's a very brief sample of their superb performance of a Bulgarian folk song accompanied by bagpipe and tamboura.
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Tzvetanka and Ivan sang, played, and answered questions regarding oral tradition as a way of learning folk heritage including songs and dances. Tzvetanka commented on lyrics, explained rhythmic structures, and melodic characteristics of different regions.
Tzvetanka Varimezova, May 20th 2015

Ivan and Tzvetanka were dressed in authentically embroidered costumes of the region their music originated from. Here is the article which was published in Daily Bruin on December 3, 2015 under the headline of "Sounds of Schoenberg" http://dailybruin.com/2015/12/03/sounds-of-schoenberg-the-gaida/

Ivan Varimezov, May 20th 2015

Music Section attendees (from left):
Noel, Rochelle, Fabio (guest), Jo Knopoff (special guest)
Zorana (music section chair), Arlene, IVAN, TZVETANKA,
Jarka (Hostess), Debby, Sandy, Shirley, Madonna, Joy
Here are a few additional photos of the Music Program -- 2014-15 inaugural season:
Jarka, Zorana, Ivan, Tzvetanka

Much appreciated bottle of Czech's "becherovka" strong herbal liqeurs)

Madonna's Birthday! She created a time to beautifully express her feelings in a letter below.

We also danced "kolo": Shirley, Madonna, (not in the photo are also Jarka and Zorana)
Arlene and Shirley

Rochelle, Sandy, Joy

Jo, Zorana, Arlene, Rochelle, Sandy, Joy, Shirley

Superb artists
Someone has said that an image is worth a thousand words, so yesterday May 19th, we celebrated our Spring Luncheon 2015, and here are just a few photos from that celebratory event and program, ENJOY these unique moments:
Carol Betti, UCLA FWC President 2015-2016


Claudia Mirchell-Kernan, VP-Programs, introduces our speaker Marla C.Berns

Claudia and Marla at the UCLA's FWC 2015 Spring Luncheon

Jo Knopoff (middle) with Penny Hutchinson (right) and Maria Runnegar

The roses are presented to the FWC past presidents

Sonny Harris is named Outstanding FWC member

Table #3: Debby, the Bettis, Geraldine, Joy, Jarka, Zorana, Marla, and Claudia

Marla C. Berns--our invited speaker (from right), Zorana (President 2012-2013), Jarka, Joy