Impression Shambhala – Music and Dance from Tibet
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The Tibetan Opera and Music Troupe of Qinghai Regong has visited Nepal and Thailand and now marks its first ever visit to the U.S. The first part of the program focuses on ceremonial chants and dances, some of which are generally performed only inside Tibetan Buddhist temples. The second part of the program explores folk dance, singing, and other traditional performing art forms. This concert takes its name from Shambhala, a mythical spiritual kingdom in Tibetan Buddhist Tradition.
Featuring the Mongolian State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet
The Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival celebrates its tenth anniversary season with a series of concerts and cultural events featuring unique and talented artists from Tibet, Mongolia, and around the world February 1 – March 2, 2014.
Inaugurated in 2004, the festival is dedicated to promoting an understanding and appreciation of music in contemporary Asia. Jindong Cai, the festival’s founder and artistic director, states that "It has been a remarkable ten years during which we have explored many of the rich and diverse musical cultures from Asia. With the festival as our looking-glass, we hope to continue bringing people and traditions from East and West together through music."
The 2014 Pan-Asian Music Festival begins on February 1st with the traditional Chinese New Year’s Concert by the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, followed by a two-weekend long unique celebration of traditional Tibetan and Mongolian music and dance by two visiting ensembles, the Tibetan Opera and Music Troupe and the Mongolia State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet. Four soloists from Mongolia National Opera join forces with Stanford Symphony and Symphonic Chorus in performances of Verdi’s Requiem.