A Belarusian band, Stary Olsa, is currently on tour in the U.S. and will perform at the U of I on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., in Illini Room A, Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., Urbana.
The performance is free and open to the public.
Stary Olsa performs medieval, Renaissance, and early baroque music from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and western Europe. They use only period instruments (painstakingly handcrafted from historically accurate materials), such as cistra, Baltic psaltery, shawms, rebec, and Belarusian bagpipe. They sing in Belarusian. The band has received numerous positive critical reviews.
Their performance is sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Center and the support of the US Department of Education Title VI grant; the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; The European Union Center (EUC); the Center for Global Studies; and the Center for World Music.