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Percussion Ensembles, Bhakthi, Ray Holman, and Soul Food!

Friday, 3/31 - 8pm OU Percussion Ensemble/ World Percussion Ensemble -Journey to Latin America @ Oakland University Varner Recital Hall

Saturday, 4/1 - 6pm Bhakthi, a Musical Journey with Mystics featuring Chitra Srikrishna @ Oakland University Varner Recital Hall

Friday, 4/7 - 10am Children's Concert with Ray Holman, Akwaaba, and the Pan-Jumbies @ Oakland University Varner Recital Hall

Friday, 4/7 - 8pm World Music Concert with Ray Holman, Akwaaba, and the Pan-Jumbies @ Oakland University Varner Recital Hall

The winter semester at Oakland University has been a joyous whirlwind of teaching and music making. We’ve reached the peak of the semester with four exciting concerts in the next week. Tonight, we begin with our percussion ensemble/ world percussion ensemble concert - A Journey to Latin America, inspired by my trip last summer to Ecuador. Tomorrowevening, we explore the mystical Bhakthi music of southern India with special guest artists Chitra Srikrishna, Jay Balan, and Vinod Seetharaman. Then next Friday, we have two concerts with our featured guest artist from Trinidad, legendary steel pan composer/performer Ray Holman. Ray will be presenting a morning children’s program and an evening concert with OU’s world music ensembles - Akwaaba and the Pan-Jumbies.

Our Soul Food event, which took place this past January, was a huge success. You can read a wonderful article about the event here. Because it was such an inspirational and spiritually uplifting afternoon, we have decided to do it again! Our second Soul Food event will take place at the Pontiac Creative Arts Center on Mother’s Day, May 14th at 3pm. The theme of the program is “Honoring our Mothers” and it will once again be a free event focused on feeding our souls through the healing power of music. We are looking for sponsors for Soul Food with the hopes of making this an ongoing series. If you, your business, or someone you know would be interested in sponsoring this initiative through the non-profit Pontiac Creative Art Center please contact me.

As always, thanks for supporting the music and I hope to see you at an upcoming show!

Mark

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