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Wes Dyring with Mark Stone and Friends, International Marimba & Steelpan Festival

Saturday, 7/8 - 7:30pm Wes Dyring with Mark Stone and Friends                               @ Baha'i Center of Washtenaw County 

7/29 to 7/30 - Education Africa's International Marimba & Steelpan Festival, Johanessburg SOUTH AFRICA

 

Wesley Dyring (violist in the Seattle Symphony) and I have prepared a special concert this Saturday at the Baha’i Center in Ann Arbor. This wonderfully diverse program will include a set of Western classical chamber music, a set of traditional Latin-American compositions, and a set of my original music - including the premiere of my newest piece Zisheh Neshomeh (sweet soul). Wes and I will be performing together with an all-star group of musicians including Bob Schneeweis on piano, Marcia Hilden Anderson on clarinet, Matt Dufresne on saxes, Miles Brown on bass, as well as Dan Piccolo and Alex Dyring on percussion. If you are in Michigan, please join us for this unique, not-to-be-missed concert! Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served after the program.

Later this month, I will be headed to Johannesburg, South Africa to take part in Education Africa’s International Marimba & Steelpan Festival. I participated in this event two years ago as a clinician/adjudicator and I’m delighted to be invited back for the 2017 festival. This powerful event includes around 2,000 marimba & pan players from all over Africa. Check out a special CNN Inside Africa segment on the festival here. Jo’burg friends, I look forward to connecting with you soon!

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who attended and participated in our recent Soul Food program in Pontiac. It was another joyous celebration of diverse cultures and spiritual traditions. You can read a great article by Nancy Palus about Soul Food II here.

Wishing you a summer filled with joy, music, family, and friends.

Peace,

Mark

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