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Bard College Chapel Hosts Voices of Light Concert on September 26

Jennifer Wai-Lan Huang
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard College Chaplaincy presents Voices of Light, the inaugural concert of a Sacred Music Festival Series on Sunday, September 26 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Bard College Chapel. This interfaith celebration, brought together by the Bard College Chaplaincy, Kathleen Mandeville’s IgniVox Productions, and United Religions Initiative consultant Linda Lauretta, is the inaugural event for an ongoing sacred music festival series. The concert coincides with the International Day of Peace, honoring humanity’s eternal longing for peace. Voices of Light will bring together musicians, celebrants, and performers from a diverse range of cultures and beliefs.

Featured is Paul Winter’s “Earth Mass” (Missa Gaia) performed by the Con Brio Choir of Christ Church in Poughkeepsie, New York. From sophisticated to indigenous, traditional to contemporary, the musical selections include full orchestral offerings, rousing SRI Kirtan with Sruti Ram and Ishwari, and stunning Sufi vocalist Bisan Toron. Also in the lineup is a performance from the Wappinger’s Falls Islamic Youth Community and the Shalom Singers & Friends, from Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie, New York.

The three-hour festival event also includes sacred religious offerings including a Homa Fire Ceremony, the Dances of Universal Peace, the Bard College student group The Circle smudging participants with burning sage, and a blessing song from Grandmother Barbara Threecrow. The festival is free and open to the public. Fire and light refreshments will follow the musical events. For more information, please call 845-863-6712.


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This event was last updated on 09-14-2010