Monday, October 17, 2011

So Lange Oktoberfest, Azul African Festival

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -  So Lange (so long) Oktoberfest, Azul (hello in Algerian Berber) African Festival.

We previously posited that the new Icicle Creek Center for the Arts was transforming Bavarian-theme town of Leavenworth, Washington into Vienna, the region's cultural, economic and political center.  And just to prove this mas not merely hyperbole, Icicle will host a new festival  October 28-30, 2011 - The African Festival.

Bavarian-Theme Leavenworth,  in Central Washington

This 3-day festival will take place at the new Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, located off the main front street strip up Icicle Road in Leavenworth.

The festival is produced by Sankusem, a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to the performance and promotion of African music written for classical instruments. This marks Sankusem's second appearance at Icicle Creek where it debuted in June 2010.

This year, the line-up will include three concerts inside Icicle Creek's Canyon Wren Recital Hall:
--Friday, October 28, 7pm - African/Classical Fusion Concert
--Saturday, October 29, 7pm - African Traditional Drum & Dance Concert
--Sunday, October 30, 3pm- African Choral Concert featuring local choirs

Admission = $20 for Friday and Saturday concerts and $15 for Sunday's show.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by phone at (509) 548-6347.

The roster will feature an impressive list of international artists including:
--Rachel Barton Pine, Chicago-based violinist, a sought after worl-wide soloist who frequently appears on the cover of Strings and other major classical magazines
--Margaret Ferguson, UK/African soprano/conductor, called “Africa’s Lady of Song”, who has performed operas, oratorios, spirituals, and jazz concerts throughout the UK, Europe, United States, and Africa
--Kofi Anang, traditional storyteller/drummer on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts
--George Francois, lauded Ghanian pianist and Executive Director of Sankusem
--Sally Singer, acclaimed cellist on faculty at Whitman College and Artistic Director of Sankusem
--There will also be a special appearance by esteemed master drummer Obo Addy and his Okropong Drum & Dance Ensemble.

So Lange Oktoberfest, Azul African Festival - as Africa meets Bavaria at the end of the October month.

For more information, email Lilia Grundy at or visit

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