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Female vocalist provides alternative world perspective

11/13/2002 12:21:00 PM

    LYNCHBURG, Va. — Renowned Russian poet, composer and musician Veronika Dolina will be giving a vocal performance Thursday, November 14th at 8:00 P.M. The free public event will be held in the Blue Room of Presser Hall on the campus of Randolph-Macon Woman's College.

Dolina transforms the mundane activities in her life into funny, yet philosophical, mediations about the role of women in Russian history. Dolina manages to find enjoyment and inspiration for her work in the every day hassles of having to provide for children, household pets and demanding men.

Dolina became well known in her teenage years as a follower and pupil of Bulat Okudzhava, the forefather of the folk genre called "author’s song" (avtorskaya pesnya), a melancholic alternative to the mass Soviet culture with its focus on patriotic and "positive" songs and poems. It was not until in the late 1980s, however, that policy changes by Mikhail Gorbachev made it possible for her work to appear in print and on tape. She now performs worldwide, and has released more than 25 recordings and published ten books of poems in five languages.

Founded in 1891, Randolph-Macon Woman's College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college of 780 women with a distinguished history of establishing global connections through international education. The College is a member of the International 50, a group of national liberal arts colleges recognized for their internationally oriented programs and has been recognized by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 national liberal arts colleges for our percentage of international students.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations