Newsletter 2001

Many Languages, Many Cultures... and Many Talents
Helen Vidgop '02 and Nikolay Pandoursky '04 in Pushkin's Eugene OneginOn Friday 16 March, Muhlenberg's Baker Center for the Arts was filled with new sounds. Students were seen flitting about in exotic dress, practicing unfamiliar songs, and even muttering in tongues: once again, Professor DeBellis had organized the fabulous Evening of Multicultural / Multilingual Performances! Students performed dances from around the world, sang in many languages, acted scenes from French and Russian texts, and recited poems and even a short story in Spanish. Staging is minimal, but the students' enthusiasm is always extraordinary. There is a real energy generated when students of foreign languages get together with their colleagues in music and theater. Notes the proud organizer of this annual event, "It is extremely important to take languages out of the classroom and this event affords students a chance to do just that. So many students remark in the reviews that they write about the performances that they were surprised and delighted by the talent shown by their fellow classmates!" To round out the evening, decadent international desserts were served following the event. A delicious evening, in every way!