Welcome to Spring 2010 Public Programs...
By Karim Baer
We're happy that our schedule is growing significantly and look forward to a dynamic and diverse season. We're excited by the variety and quality of our musical offerings this spring. In February we host Huun Huur Tu for an evening of traditional Tuvan throat singing and music, described by the Chicago Tribune as "unfamiliar yet very accessible, an otherworldly but deeply spiritual music that is rooted in the sounds of nature." In March, we look forward to presenting the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa. In April we welcome back Coleman Barks for an evening of the poetry of Rumi and the Sixth Dalai Lama accompanied by the music of Yungchen Lhamo, David Darling, and Glen Velez; and the dance of Zuleikha. Also in April, we look forward to an evening with sitarist and composer Anoushka Shankar, daughter of legendary sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar.
Don't miss the many opportunities to take workshops inspired by these incredible concerts. Linda Tillery will be teaching a four-week course on the enduring power of African American spirituals. In connection with the evening of Rumi's poetry, we're hosting workshops on the frame drum, embodied movement, the mystical teachings of Rumi, the poetic form of the ghazal, and a special evening of Sufi chanting practices.
This is only a small sampling of our spring offerings. There are also incredible programs for health and wellness, yoga philosophy, sound and music, and professional development. We're confident you'll find something to fulfill your desire for learning and growth. We hope you'll have a chance soon to experience some of these amazing lectures, workshops, and performances.
Director, Public Programs