COURTESY OF CROSSING BORDERS MUSIC
 
Following the critical and popular success of its first Celebrating Resilience program, Crossing Borders Music will present Celebrating Resilience II: Music from the Unvanquished Bahá’í University of Iran, a program of music by Bahá’í composers and performers who, being denied access to official institutions of higher education by the Iranian government because of their religion, attended the grassroots Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education, a school which has been raided on multiple occasions by the Iranian government and whose teachers have been imprisoned. The concert includes two premieres by composer Parisa Sabet, who studied music at the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education, including a duo that celebrates the Persian culture of her homeland that she has been forced to leave and an autobiographical violin solo dealing with the subject of resilience. The concert will also present Farsi songs newly arranged for santour, voice, piano, and cello, and excerpts of the documentary “Education Under Fire”.

Crossing Borders Music will also debut Diaspora Voices, a program of of music by Haitian composers living in the US and Canada. The works by composers Gifrants, Rudy Perrault, Julio Racine, and others include compositions dealing with nostalgia, loss, cultural preservation, and the simple feelings of everyday life. The concert, which will also share writings by Haitian-American authors, is a pioneering collaborative effort with Borderbend Arts Collective and Uptown’s new Haitian American Museum of Chicago, founded by Haitian-American Elsie Hernandez.

Crossing Borders Music will present Uganda and Haiti in Music at the Burning Bush Art Gallery of Wheaton. Proceeds will benefit the humanitarian organization South Sudan Voices of Hope. The concert will highlight through music issues that South Sudan faces, including being a multiethnic state and the forcing of people from their homelands.

The season also includes a reprise of The Real Vodou, which takes a fresh look through music at a historically maligned religion. The October 5 concert coincides with the Field Museum of Natural History’s Sacred Powers of Haiti exhibit about Haitian Vodou, and is a Chicago Artists Month event. Beyond the Headlines: Haiti in Music, which celebrates the accomplishments of music education programs in Haiti, will also return.
 
Complete information about all performances is listed below.

Founded in 2011, Crossing Borders Music has become the leading interpreter of chamber music from Haiti and Uganda, and a pioneering, critically acclaimed presenter of music by graduates of the Bahá’í Institute of Higher Education in Iran. The mission of Crossing Borders Music is to foster intercultural appreciation, understanding, and cooperation through music. To this end, Crossing Borders Music presents moving music that tells compelling stories by composers from under-represented cultures – music that invites audiences to learn more and get involved. Crossing Borders Music is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. 

Contact: Tom Clowes, Founder and President, Crossing Borders Music
773-442-2195
info@crossingbordersmusiccollective.org

Websites

www.crossingbordersmusiccollective.org
http://www.southsudanhope.org/
http://www.hamoc.org/ (Haitian American Museum of Chicago)

UGANDA AND HAITI IN MUSIC
Sat Aug 30, 7PM
     World Music Stage, 
     African Festival of the Arts
     Washington Park
     51st & Cottage Grove
     Chicago, IL 60637
     Presented by the Africa International House’s African Festival of the Arts 
BEYOND THE HEADLINES: HAITI IN MUSIC
Fri Sep 26, 7:30PM
     Dingeldine Music Center
     Bradley University
     1417 W Barker Ave
     Peoria, IL 61625
     Presented by Bradley University
     Free and open to the public
CELEBRATING RESILIENCE II: MUSIC FROM THE UNVANQUISHED BAHÁ’Í INSTITUTE OF IRAN
Sat Oct 4, 7:30PM
     Unity Temple
     875 Lake St
     Oak Park, IL 60301
     $15 suggested donation

THE REAL VODOU

Sun Oct 5, 3PM
     First Unitarian Church of Chicago
     5650 S Woodlawn Ave
     Chicago, IL 60637
     A Chicago Artists Month Event
     Tickets: $20
     Presented by the First Unitarian Church of Chicago
DIASPORA VOICES
Fri Oct 10, 8:30PM
     Haitian American Museum of Chicago
     4654 N Racine Ave
     Chicago, IL 60640
     Tickets: $10
     Presented by Borderbend Arts Collective in partnership with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago

CELEBRATING RESILIENCE II: MUSIC FROM THE UNVANQUISHED BAHÁ’Í INSTITUTE OF IRAN

Sat Oct 11, 7:30PM
    Bahá’í House of Worship
     100 Linden Ave
     Wilmette, IL 60091
     Free and open to the public

UGANDA AND HAITI IN MUSIC

Sun Oct 19, 7PM
     Burning Bush Art Gallery
     216 N Main St
    Wheaton, IL 60187
    Tickets: $10
    A fundraiser for South Sudan Voices of Hope, presented by Burning Bush Art Gallery 

ALL-AGES MINI-CONCERT AND MASTERCLASS WITH CHICAGO WEST COMMUNITY MUSIC CENTER STUDENTS
Sat Nov 1, 10AM
     Garfield Park Fieldhouse
     100 N Central Park Ave
    Chicago, IL 60624
     Free and open to the public

BEYOND THE HEADLINES: HAITI IN MUSIC

Sun Nov 2, 2PM
     Wilmette Public Library
     1242 Wilmette Ave
     Wilmette, IL 60091
     Free and open to the public
BEYOND THE HEADLINES: HAITI IN MUSIC
Tue Nov 4, 7PM
     College of Lake County
     19351 W Washington St
     Grayslake, IL 60030
     Free and open to the public
BEYOND THE HEADLINES: HAITI IN MUSIC (Abbreviated)
Mon, Dec 8, 12:15pm – 1PM
     Chicago Cultural Center
     Preston Bradley Hall
     78 E Washington St
     Chicago, IL 60602
     Free and open to the public
     Presented by the Chicago Dept of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

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