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OU Fifth Annual World Music and Dance Festival Slated for Oct. 6-11

OU Fifth Annual World Music and Dance Festival Slated for Oct. 6-11

Claire Berlin | Sep 2, 2014

This year the World Music and Dance Festival and Global Excursions Concert switches from the Spring Semester to Fall Semester and will focus on the theme of "Celebrating Diversity at OU”. The week of workshops and lectures that runs from Oct. 6-10 will culminate in a concert on October 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The Global Excursions Concert provides an opportunity to introduce our students, faculty, staff, and community to the passion and dynamism of global music and dance forms.

Global Arts, especially music and dance experiences, have become an integral part of university level education. These experiences introduce different ways of conceptualizing the arts and open up new avenues of creativity, expression, and aesthetic appreciation for students.

We hope this celebration becomes part of the university’s annual calendar of events that will offer our students opportunities to learn from renowned international artists. For this fifth festival, co-directors Dr. Paschal Yao Younge, professor of music, and Dr. Zelma Badu-Younge, associate professor of Dance, together with guest artists to include Nii-Tete Yartey, Artistic Director of the National Dance Company of Ghana (Ghana Dance Ensemble); Sashar Zarif, a multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto, Canada; Mark Stone multi-world percussionist; Talavya tabla ensemble, ambassadors for Indian percussion; Rushi Vakil, Indian composer, tabla player, keyboardist, and music educator; New Directions, an eclectic group; Ohio University World Music and Dance Ensembles; Azaguno and others will engage our students and community to produce  a festival and an evening of sounds and dances from across the globe.

Other new features of the festival, which would emphasize the interdisciplinary and cross-campus nature of this proposal, include evening free concerts at the Baker Center, lectures and symposium, workshops, and international snack/food fair. Expanding the theme on Diversity and the Arts, our prominent guest scholar/artists will also be visiting selected classes to interact with our students. An open forum/ discussion will also be organized focusing on the importance of global arts in education. The climax of the festival will be the main concert on October 11. The unique nature of this concert is that apart from the guest artists, our students, both majors and non-majors, in music, dance, theater and visual arts who will be involved in the workshops will perform.

For a schedule of main events, CLICK HERE.

 
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