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September 2010 Spotlight: The Lakeside Association + Cantus

The Lakeside Association in Lakeside, Ohio, presented Cantus in July 2010. This Performing Arts Fund—supported engagement featured a full-length public performance by vocal ensemble Cantus, along with several educational activities, reaching nearly 900 people in the Lakeside community over the ensemble’s three days in residence. Cantus is recognized as one of America’s finest vocal chamber ensembles, and is known for adventurous programming that spans many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folks, spirituals, world music, and pop. In addition to its busy performance schedule, Cantus is also an active proponent of music education, working with more than 10,000 young people throughout the United States each year in educational activities ranging from master classes to festivals and collaborations.

August 2010 Spotlight: Lotus Education & Arts Foundation + Amjad Ali Khan and Family

Lotus Education & Arts Foundation in Bloomington, Indiana, presented Amjad Ali Khan and Family in July 2010. This Performing Arts Fund—supported engagement was the organization’s 2010 “Summer Nights of Lotus” concert and included a public performance by Amjad Ali Khan and Family, featuring Indian ragas (from both Muslim and Hindu traditions) and Amjad’s original compositions, which are all built on masterful “conversations” on sarod between father and son and complemented by the rhythms of the tabla. Later in the performance, they were joined by Carrie Newcomer, with whom they have been working with to create a cross-cultural musical collaboration for an upcoming CD. For many in attendance, this was the most exhilarating part of the night, to experience the interweaving of guitar with sarod and the haunting echoes of quwwali singing complementing Newcomer’s clear voice.

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