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Tamburitzans celebrate 85 years with gala fundraiser and performance


Last updated 6/8/2022 at 9:33pm

Pittsburgh’s own The Tamburitzans, America’s longest running stage act, kicked off an 85th anniversary celebration with a gala fundraiser at LeMont Restaurant in Mt. Washington on June 2.

About 200 people gathered in the Tamburitzans’ hometown for a cultural and multisensory event filled with folk music and dance. Attendees included members of the Pittsburgh arts and business community, ethnic organizations, multiple generations of Tamburitzans alumni from across the United States, as well as special guests former Steeler Franco Harris with wife Dana, and Gisele Fetterman, wife of Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman.

“The Tamburitzans share the world’s cultures through folk song and dance, as well as through authentic ethnic dress, with audiences across the United States,” said Alyssa Bushunow, executive director of The Tamburitzans. “By coming together to bring the folk culture of diverse nations — most traditionally those in Central and Eastern Europe — to life on stage, The Tamburitzans embody a message of peace, hope, and unity. It’s a message the group has proudly personified throughout its decades-long history and one it continues to share today.”

“We are excited to mark 85 years of this iconic ensemble,” Ms. Bushunow continued, “and we invite the community to join our multi-event celebration to ensure the group’s example of unity in diversity continues for generations.”

The Tamburitzans commemorated their milestone year with a performance of their current show “Symbols: The Awakening” at Point Park University’s Pittsburgh Playhouse on Saturday, June 4. Additional events such as a cruise on Pittsburgh’s three rivers and gatherings at local, historic ethnic social clubs will round out the weekend activities.

Information on all events and ticket sales are available at Proceeds from all events benefit the Tamburitzans.


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