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Concert Series: Sacred Music From Around the World, April 9 and 16

Hofstra University’s Cultural Center presents the Spring 2014 Joseph G. Astman Concert Series, the theme of which is “Sacred Music From Around The World.” Both concerts take place at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus. For tickets call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644, Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Tickets for the April 16 concert will also be sold at the door, starting 90 minutes prior to showtime.

Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.

The Words of My Beloved. Holy Hymns from the Sikh Gurus’ tradition

Tickets are free

Featuring ~

Dr. Francesca Cassio, vocal and tanpura (pictured above)
Parminder Singh Bhamra, pakhawaj
Nirvair Kaur Khalsa, taus

Dr. Francesca Cassio (Sardarni Harbans Kaur Chair in Sikh Musicology at Hofstra University) will perform traditional hymns from the Sikh Gurus’ repertoire (late 15th -early 18th century) medieval dhrupad style.  Dr. Cassio will be exceptionally accompanied on pakhawaj by Parminder Singh Bhamra (from the Anad Foundation, India) and on taus by Nirvair Kaur Khalsa. The event celebrates the Sikh Festival of Vaisakhi.

The Alash Ensemble
The Alash Ensemble

Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

The Alash Ensemble Perform Overtone Singing from Tuva

Tickets are $8, $6 for senior citizens and non-Hofstra students. Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard.

Featuring ~

Ayan-ool Sam, Bady-Dorzhu Ondar and Ayan Shirizhik

The Alash Ensemble is a trio of master overtone singers (xöömei) from Tuva, a tiny republic in the heart of Central Asia. The ancient tradition of throat singing developed among the nomadic herdsmen of Central Asia, people who lived in yurts, rode horses, raised yaks, sheep and camels, and had a close spiritual relationship with nature.

For more information on these concerts please contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669.


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