SPRINGFIELD -- The fabulous multiphonic singers of Tibet's Drepung Loseling Monastery, whose sellout performances in Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center received national acclaim, will perform Friday, April 27, 8 p.m. at Sangamon Auditorium on the campus of the University of Illinois at Springfield as part of their international tour of "Sacred Music and Sacred Dance for World Healing."
The Sacred Music, Sacred Dance tour is sponsored by Richard Gere Productions, Inc. and Drepung Loseling Institute, the North American seat of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, with the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world healing and peace movements; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the refugee community to India.
The performance features muliphonic singing, wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for this unique singing. They also utilize traditional instruments such as a 10-feet long dungchen trumpets, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling horns. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.
The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery have a very distinguished modern-day musical history. On past tours the monks have performed with Kitaro, Paul Simon, Philip Glass, Eddie Brickell, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, the Beastie Boys, and the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, to name a few. In addition, two of their recordings achieved top ten listings on the New Age charts: Tibetan Sacred Temple Music (Shining Star Productions), California and Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing (Music and Arts Program of America, Inc.), California. Their most recent recording Compassion (Milennia Music), pairs them with the Abbey of Gethsemani Schola in an encounter of Gregorian chant with Tibetan multiphonic singing.
In 1997 the Drepung Loseling monks participated in Hollywood's two major movies on Tibet. Their music was featured on the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack of the film, Seven Years in Tibet, starring Brad Pitt (Columbia Pictures), and they performed with Philip Glass in Lincoln Center, NY, in the live presentation of his award winning music/score to the Martin Scorsese’s film Kundun (Disney). More recently they performed to an audience of 50,000 in the National Mall, Wash., D.C., as part of the July 4th 2000 celebrations.
Tickets for Sacred Music, Sacred Dance are $28 and $24 and can be ordered on-line at www.SangamonAuditorium.org. Tickets may also be ordered over the phone by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217/206-6160 or toll free at 800-207-6960.
A pre-show discussion about the evening performance of Sacred Music, Sacred Dance will take place at 7:15 p.m. and will be hosted by Bhikkhu Mahinda, longtime Springfield resident and former Buddhist monk.
These programs are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Sangamon Auditorium is located at the University of Illinois at Springfield and hosts more than 120 performances annually. Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018. Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas. Performing arts events are sponsored, in part, by a grant through the Illinois Arts Council. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at 217/206-6150 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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