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QYRQ QYZ: Music & Film from Central Asia

Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4:00PM
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall

Qyrq Qyz (Forty Girls) is a legendary, epic Central Asian tale in which a girl gathers a group of 40 young female warriors to vanquish invaders, securing her clans’ freedom. Uzbek filmmaker Saodat Ismailova’s adaptation transforms the epic into a multimedia work that places live performance by female reciters and instrumentalists against a backdrop of multiscreen video projection, With a musical score by the celebrated Tashkent-based composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, Qyrq Qyz is a  true celebration of women’s musical traditions in the Muslim world.
Pre-show talk with musicologist Ted Levin in the Concert Hall Lobby at 3:00 pm.
Post-show Meet & Greet with the artists.

Ticket Prices
$35, $30, $20; Five College Students & Youth 17 and Under $10
Please call the Box Office to see if you or someone in your party is eligible for a discount.


QYRQ QYZ Vimeo Video

Artist Information Coming Soon!
Performance Reviews Coming Soon!
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Pre-show talk in the Concert Hall Lobby at 6:30 pm.


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