[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The German Club hosted a Karneval Festival on Tuesday March 4 to coincide with Mardi Gras celebrations.
The event consisted of German music, food and conversation surrounding the two particular events. It was organized and led by German Club president Krystalyn Kovacs and was her first event coordination for the club. She said, “It’s just dinner, music and some good times. Mardi Gras and Karneval are pretty widely celebrated; we are just trying to bring some of that culture to Clarion.”
“We’re just trying to get some more interest in German culture and music. We have a film series Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. It’s not every week so just look around for the flyers,” Kovacs said.
The event was held in Gemmell Multi-Purpose Room and was decorated with balloons and masks, a typical celebratory form for Mardi Gras. The German Club usually hosts Oktoberfest in the fall semester. However, Kovacs said this year it was not possible due to scheduling problems; however she hopes it returns in fall 2014.
Among the crowd who turned out to experience the German celebrations was Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral and Vocal Music Studies Dr. Hank Alviani. He said, “I think the promotion of more ethnic based and cultural based organizations – they have I don’t know if we really have one, we have a German Club, a German conversation and we have Spanish conversation, but I don’t know how many other clubs we have.”
“Well I would not limit it to Clarion. It’s important especially in the United States to embrace different cultures. There are music festivals that I take students to because, for instance we are performing at Carnegie Hall on April 21 with the national known conductor and professional orchestra,” said Alviani.
“That is the kind of experience I cannot bring to Clarion so I take the kids to New York so they can experience that. The same approach could be used for something cultural. I cannot bring all of my kids to Italy, because I’m Italian and this could be true of other cultures,” said Alviani.
He also spoke about an Italian Club providing further cultural experience to the university, as well as the International Culture Extravaganza held last Friday. Alviani said he doesn’t think he has ever missed one.
He added, “Since I cannot bring people to these different countries, I think it would important to have a taste of those kind of experiences by having those organizations on campus.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]