Yuval Ron Ensemble to Showcase Musical Diversity, Spiritual Unity
Published on January 17, 2013
The Yuval Ron Ensemble, a group of musicians and dancers that combines the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church, will perform “The Mystical Music of the Middle East” in Susquehanna’s Degenstein Center Theater on Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
The Yuval Ron Ensemble was formed in 1999 to unite the music and dance of opposing communities of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual and inspiring musical celebration intended to alleviate national, religious, racial and cultural divides. The ensemble has appeared at the International Sacred Music Festival of Fez, headlined at the benefit concert for the Dalai Lama’s “Seeds of Compassion” initiative and performed at an International Peace Festival in South Korea.
“It is my hope that the ensemble’s repertoire of vivid storytelling, graceful movement and eloquent music will combine to provide both a rich spiritual experience and an example of the ways in which religious and political divisions can be transcended,” said the Rev. Mark Wm. Radecke, university chaplain and associate professor of religion.
Sponsored by the Alice Pope Shade Fund, the performance will include Arabic, Jewish and Christian musicians, a whirling dervish, a belly dancer and discussion of the various musical traditions.
Radecke learned of the ensemble when the group was invited to perform at the Global Conference of Chaplains in Higher Education and recommended it for this year’s presentation. The Alice Pope Shade Fund typically presents a lecturer who has published works in the field of religion, but this year will be the third time it features a performing group.
The Alice Pope Shade Fund provides the means for Susquehanna’s Department of Religious Studies to bring a nationally renowned presenter to campus each year. The fund was established in 1983 by Shade’s daughter, Rebecca Shade Mignot, a Susquehanna alumna.
Presented by the departments of philosophy and religion and the Office of the Chaplain, the performance is free and open to the public.
Karen M. Jones