MUSICAL SUMMITS; TRADITIONS BLEND AT WORLD FESTIVAL.Byline: Marla Matzer Staff Writer
It's not every day one gets a letter from the Dalai Lama Dalai Lama (dä`lī lä`mə) [Tibetan,=oceanic teacher], title of the leader of Tibetan Buddhism. Believed like his predecessors to be the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 1935–, . So when UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
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UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX professor Judy Mitoma received a missive from His Holiness a title of the pope; - formerly given also to Greek bishops and Greek emperors.
See also: Holiness late last year, she took it seriously. In his letter, the Tibetan religious leader outlined his desire to see music used to help break down the barrier between the people of the world on the eve On the Eve (Накануне in Russian) is the third novel by famous Russian writer Ivan Turgenev, best known for his short stories and the novel Fathers and Sons. of the new millennium.
Less than a year later, the Dalai Lama's vision is about to become a reality here in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. . The World Festival of Sacred Music will take place around L.A. from Saturday to Oct. 17. Events will be held in venues both large and small, indoors and outdoors; a number of the 85 events are free, and most others cost less than $20.
Sara Wolf, managing director of the festival, admits she's amazed the event is happening at all, given the obstacles it faced. ``This project was very community-driven. We had no money and only a short amount of time,'' says Wolf, who quit her job as a marketing director for the Public Corp. for the Arts in Long Beach in order to work for the nonprofit World Festival. But, she contends, ``there's some beauty in not having money, because you're not coming in with a fixed agenda tied to the money. It's been an amazing adventure.''
Those involved with the World Festival hope the event will also be an adventure for listeners. They say people today are as hungry as ever to explore spirituality in many forms but are often hesitant to explore, or lack a framework in which to sample other cultures.
``There's always a little hesitancy hes·i·tan·cy
An involuntary delay or inability in starting the urinary stream. the public has to attending a program put on by a specific congregation,'' said Dr. Malcolm Laing Malcolm Laing (1762 – 6 November, 1818), was a country gentleman in Orkney, Scotland.
He finished Robert Henry's History of Great Britain, and wrote a History of Scotland from the Union of the Crowns to the Union of the Kingdoms (1802). , whose First Presbyterian Church First Presbyterian Church is a generic church name, and can refer to hundreds of churches within the English speaking world. If you followed a link here, please consider making it more specific by including the city or town in which the church resides. in Encino is hosting two festival events. ``There are often questions about whether you're trying to proselytize pros·e·ly·tize
v. pros·e·ly·tized, pros·e·ly·tiz·ing, pros·e·ly·tiz·es
1. To induce someone to convert to one's own religious faith.
2. to people, and that was one of the specific stipulations (with this festival), that people not use this as an opportunity to proselytize.''
Laing added that though he thinks there is a desire on the part of people for programs that reach out to other faiths and communities, religious organizations find themselves having to focus just on surviving. ``There's a sort of retrenchment re·trench·ment
The cutting away of superfluous tissue. going on,'' Laing said, ``There's often not enough time to share and learn from and show respect for each other. That's one of the attractions of this event. Hopefully, it will help us break down barriers.''
One of the ways festival organizers aimed to encourage diversity in the programs was by pairing seemingly unrelated artists and putting them in venues that emphasized the cross-cultural nature of the event. Therefore, the Woodland Hills-based Alchemy Handbell Ensemble is paired with sitar sitar (sĭtär`), fretted string instrument with a gourdlike body and a long neck, similar to the lute. It has from 3 to 7 gut strings, tuned in fourths or fifths (or both), and a lower course of 12 wire strings that vibrate sympathetically with player Rahul Sakyaputra at St. James Presbyterian Church in Tarzana. Elk Whistle, a flutist playing American Indian music, is paired with New Age composer/singer/cellist Robert Een at a concert at Woodland Hills' Kol Tikvah synagogue.
Programs begin Saturday, though the festival's official ``opening celebration'' takes place Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl. The Dalai Lama will address the gathering. The diverse roster of performers includes an American Indian a cappella trio (Ulali), an interdenominational in·ter·de·nom·i·na·tion·al
Of or involving different religious denominations.
among or involving more than one denomination of the Christian Church
Adj. gospel choir led by singers from Los Angeles' First AME See AIT. Church, and a choir of Tibetan monks.
A dozen or so of the festival's events are taking place at various Valley venues, including churches, synagogues and college campuses. Unless otherwise noted, tickets and reservations (for those shows that don't have an admission charge) are available by calling (323) 655-8587.
Songs of a New Dawn: A group of musicians perform the Hindu devotional music of P.R. Sarkar Sarkar could mean:
Rahul Sakyaputra and the Alchemy Handbell Ensemble: The Far East meets the West Valley. Sitar master Sakyaputra is joined by the resident handbell group of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Woodland Hills. St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, 7:30 p.m.. Admission free; reservations are requested.
Founder's Church Cathedral Choir: The 58-member choir performs gospel and classic African-American spirituals in the church otherwise known as ``The Onion'' for its unusual appearance. Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills, 8:00 p.m.; Tickets are $7.50 in advance, $5 at the door.
Marlui Miranda and Perla Battala: Two female vocalists perform a diverse array of music. Battala sings pieces - from ``traditional Latino melodies to bluesy ballads'' - in both English and Spanish. Miranda performs songs and chants of the tribes native to the Amazon. Performing Arts Center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. , California State University Enrollment
Northridge. Enter campus at corner of Plummer Street and Zelzah Avenue, 8 p.m.; park in Lot C ($3 charge). Tickets are $14 general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students and children; call (818) 677-2488.
Elk Whistle and Robert Een: No, Elk Whistle is not a whistle for calling deer. He's a flute player also known as Bill Neal, who plays American Indian songs evoking the sounds of nature. Also on the program is composer/singer/cellist Robert Een, whose inspired musicianship has led the San Francisco Chronicle The San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. The paper grew along with San Francisco to become the largest circulation newspaper on the West Coast of the to call him the Jimi Hendrix of the cello. Kol Tikvah synagogue, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.50.
Alessandra Belloni, Suzanne Teng & Mystic Journey: You may not have known that there was such a thing as a ``tambourine tambourine (tăm'bərēn`), musical instrument of the percussion family, having a narrow circular frame and a single parchment drumhead, with metal plates or jingles set in the frame. virtuoso,'' but Belloni is one. She also chants and sings a variety of spiritual compositions. Backed by world music ensemble Mystic Journey, Teng plays a variety of flutes. First Presbyterian Church, 4963 Balboa Blvd., Encino, 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 general, $5 seniors and children.
Sacred Voices of Women: Four different women's choruses sing, combined and separately, spiritual and folk music from around the world. Jewish, Armenian and Slavic music is on tap, spanning from the fifth century to the present day. Performing Arts Center, California State University Northridge. Enter campus at corner of Plummer Street and Zelzah Avenue, 8 p.m.; park in Lot C ($3 charge). Tickets are $14 general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students and children; call (818) 677-2488.
Thanjavur: This musical quintet hails from three continents, and its varied repertoire reflects this diversity. Using traditional instruments, they play music from the 17th to the late 20th centuries. New Mission Theater at Rancho Cordilera del Norte, 9105 Wilbur Ave., Northridge, 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 general, $5 students. Call (818) 349-3431.
Holy Family Filipino Chorale chorale (kōrăl`, –räl`), any of the traditional hymns of the German Protestant Church. The form was developed after the Reformation to replace the plainsong of the earlier service and as a means of congregational participation in : This group combines the ``Christian and Muslim traditions of the Southern Philippines'' in its music. Latin texts are sung to Muslim melodies using ancient musical instruments. Holy Family Church, 209 E. Lomita Ave., Glendale, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Onioniaires and Zhena Folk Chorus: The choir of the Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, whose building is known as ``The Onion'' for its unusual shape, performs both sacred and secular music. They're joined by the Zhena Folk Chorus performing Eastern European choral music. Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills, 7 p.m. Admission free; reservations are requested.
Jazz Vespers vespers (vĕs`pərz) [Lat.,=evening], in the Christian Church, principal evening office. In the Roman rite, vespers have consisted since the 6th cent. of a few prayers, five psalms, a lesson, the Magnificat, and an antiphon. : Sacred texts and improvisational jazz meet as representatives of Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic and Christian faiths share a paragraph from their Scriptures focusing on peace. Shelly Berg and his jazz trio will then create improvised music inspired by the writings. First Lutheran Church, 1300 E. Colorado St., Glendale, 5 p.m. Admission free; reservations are requested.
The event: World Festival of Sacred Music - The Americas.
When: Saturday through Oct. 17.
Where: Various locations around town. Festival hotline: (310) 208-2784; www.wfsm.org/americas on the Web. Tickets to Festival celebration at the Hollywood Bowl ($10 to $75) are available at the Hollywood Bowl box office, or by calling Ticketmaster, (213) 365-6300.
Photo: (1--4) The ``World Festival of Sacred Music - The Americas,'' created at the behest of the Dalai Lama, pairs musicians from very different traditions.