The Yuval Ron Ensemble will perform at Mount Holyoke Wednesday, March 14, at 7:30 pm. Held in Chapin Auditorium, the event will be a musical journey through the Middle East, featuring Arabic, Jewish, and Christian artists who come together to unite the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (an Islamic mystical tradition), and the Christian Armenian Church. Yuval Ron, a composer and world-music record producer, leads the ensemble, aiming to find the deep, intercultural connections between the three traditions and the musical influences that they share.
Formed in 1999, the Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the opposing people of the Middle East into a unique mystical, spiritual, and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble plays songs of Sufi origin from Turkey, Jewish prayers from Morocco, Yemen, Israeli, and Armenian chants. Guest dancers will light up the stage and bring a new dimension to the music.
Yuval Ron graduated cum laude from the prestigious Berklee School of Music in 1989. His music has been featured in over a dozen feature films and countless television programs. Yuval Ron also composes for theatre and dance. In 2006, he was granted the ACTA award to document traditional women and sacred songs of Adan and Yemen. He was nominated for a 2007 Academy Award for his score and songs for West Bank Story, which won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.
The event is sponsored by Mount Holyoke College's International Club, the Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund, and the Office of Student Programs, and is made possible by a generous contribution from the Fine Arts Center Fund of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The concert is free and open to all.