Music with a Moldovan flavor is next on the list for the Pacific Artist Series at Fresno Pacific University.
Patmos will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 17, 2005, in the McDonald Hall Atrium on the campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave, south of the Butler-Chestnut intersection.
This chamber-style instrumental ensemble from Moldova was formed in 1992 to minister around the world through music. The group has performed in Europe, Canada, the United States and at the Feast of the Tabernacles in Jerusalem.
Founder Alexander Popov has been a soloist in the symphony Orchestra, the National Theater of Opera and Ballet in Chisinau, Moldova, and director and soloist of the National Orchestra "Fluerash" under the State Philharmonic. "Fluerash" became well known in Moldova and widely throughout the former USSR, but also far beyond its borders, playing in more than 40 countries.
Each member of Patmos is an accomplished musician capable of playing in some of the best orchestras of Eastern Europe. Ilya Dobrov provides plays electronic keyboard, Sergei Truch plays clarinet and Semion Brananovski plays a Moldovan folk instrument called the pan flute. The music of Patmos takes listeners to the recital halls of Europe and the Moldovan countryside.
They have played in both the United States and Canada as well as at the Feast of the Tabernacles in Jerusalem. They also frequent various European countries with their ministry.
Admission is $10 for general audiences, $7 for senior citizens and students. The Pacific Artist Series concludes its season of five concerts March 17 with soprano Deborah Sauer-Ferrand, a member of the FPU faculty. For more information, contact the FPU Music Office at 559-453-2267, or check the university website at www.fresno.edu.