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Ancient Beauty: A Celebration of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh - October 22, 2017
- October 22, 2017 thru
- October 22, 2017
The program “Ancient Beauty” is a celebration of the Bicentenary of the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í Faith. Featuring original and celebrated music, dance, and dramatic performance, the program is dedicated to the transformative impact of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings on the lives of communities around the country and the world. Bahá’u’lláh taught that there is only one God, that all of the world’s religions are from God, and that now is the time for humanity to recognize its oneness and unite – a vision that is an antidote to the racial prejudice and materialism corroding American society.
“Ancient Beauty” will include performances by Sounding Light, the School of World Music & Dance, Spirits Rising, Jazz Quintet for the Nightingale, and Victor Ghannam. Known for its inspiring and illuminating performances, the Sounding Light choral group brings together a unique collection of singers gathered from seven states. The School of World Music & Dance, directed by Lalitha Ramamoorthy, promotes Indian classical music and dance, showcasing young and professional talent alike. Spirits Rising, the dynamic musical duo of Native American singers and songwriters Allison Radell (Powhatan) and Joe Reilly (Cherokee), incorporates elements of jazz, folk, blues, hip-hop, rock, and traditional Native American music to inspire and uplift. The Jazz Quintet for the Nightingale brings together celebrated metro Detroit jazz musicians Marion Hayden, Mark Stone, GayeLynn McKinney, and Matt Dufresne. Led by pianist Bob Schneeweis, the group will perform music by Dizzy Gillespie, written in honor of Enoch Olinga. Multi-instrumentalist Victor Ghannam, recognized for his dazzling improvisations combining passion, technical brilliance, creative adventure, and intensity, will perform on the Middle-Eastern oud and qanun. Each of these artists, in addition to their traditional repertoire, will perform original work commissioned specifically for this momentous occasion. For questions, please call 248-918-2925.