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Concert and Ethnic Dinner - Saturday, February 1, 1997

The Rusin Association is hosting a concert and ethnic dinner on Saturday,February 1.

The concert by Rusin songstress Beata Begeniova accompanied by Meso Salak on accordion, will take place at St. Mary's Orthodox Church auditorium, l7th and 5th Street NE, Minneapolis, at 1:00 PM. Ticket are $3.00 for Rusin Association members, and $5.00 for non members and may be purchased at the door or by calling/writing the Rusin Association.

Beata was born in the predominantly Rusin village of Medzilaborce in northeast Slovakia. As a young child, she moved with her family to Presov, Slovakia. Beata, still a young adult in her singing career, has already made her mark. In 1990 she was named the Laureate of the Makovicka Struna Rusin Song Festival where competition is held each year in Bardijov, Slovakia. She is well known throughout the Rusin homeland, having performed at many such festivals, including the Rusin Lemko "Vatra" held in Zdyna, Poland.

In 1994, Beata graduated from the music and language program of Pavol Safarik University in Presov. For three years she was a member of the ensemble known as "Sarisan" and for two years performed as soloist for the professional Rusin ensemble PULS that worked out of the Alexander Duchnovich Theater. She has sung on many stages throughout Europe and for the past year has entertained primarily in the Ohio and Pennsylvania area.

Meso Salak is also from Presov. Meso was born of Rusin parents who moved there from near Medzilaborce. In 1992 he too joined the ensemble "Sarisan." For three years he was accordionist for them. Meso also has performed through much of Europe.

After their performance, join Beata and Meso at our annual Duchnovich Dinner, which will be held at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Hall, 22nd and 3rd Streets NE, Minneapolis, with social hour at 4:00 PM and dinner at 5:00 PM. Our usual "Rusnak" fare will be served. Tickets for dinner are $7.00 for members and $10.00 for non members. (Children under 12 are $5.00.) Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance.

For further information and to order tickets call Larry Goga 595-9188 or mail your checks to:

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