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Atzilut and R. Shefa Gold, Bard College, Apr 15

8:00pm, Olin Hall
$10 admission; free to Bar students, faculty, staff

Atzilut, a 10-person Arab and Jewish ensemble, will perform in concert with an opening and closing chant for peace by Rabbi Shefa Gold

A Meet the Artists Middle Eastern reception for Bard students will be held in Village Dorm A Sacred Space at 6:00 p.m. For further information, e-mail Rabbi Goldie Milgram at rebgoldiem@aol.com or call 845-758-6822.

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Envision Peace is the theme of a concert on Thursday, April 15, at Bard College. The program, presented by the Jewish and Muslim Student Organizations, will feature a performance by Atzilut, a joint Arab and Jewish 10-person ensemble that has been described as "North Africa and the Middle East meets modern jazz." An opening and closing chant for peace in Hebrew, English, and Arabic will be given by Rabbi Shefa Gold, the 2004 Anna Jones Fellow at Bard College. The program will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. General admission is $10; free to Bard students, faculty, and staff.

The Envision Peace Concert is the brainchild of a joint meeting of the Jewish Student Organization and Muslim Student Organization. Demoralized by the persistent and horrific struggles in the Middle East, these groups, which respectfully share a space at Bard and regularly attend each other's events, wanted to bring an inspiring and unified statement to campus, explains Bard’s Jewish chaplain, Rabbi Goldie Milgram.

Atzilut delivers virtuoso vocals with lightning percussion and hypnotic mystical melodies. Instrumentation includes oud, nai, violin, flute, double reeds, flute, bass, Arabic vocals, cantorial vocals, and four percussionists. Gold is a recording artist, composer, and director of C-DEEP, where she directs teachings of devotional and ecstatic practice.

This program is funded by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Hillel Foundation, Bard Chaplaincy, the Office of Student Activities, Jazz at Bard, and the Muslim and Jewish Student Organizations at Bard College.

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