The "Harmonies of Faith" North Shore Interfaith Choral Concert happened in Evanston this afternoon; two magnificent choirs performed -- The Campanella Children's Choir and North Shore Interfaith Choir. "Harmonies of Faith" happened in the beautiful  Alice Millar Chapel at Northwestern University, with a receptive audience contributing to the dynamic experience. 

Program

Campanella Children's Choir
Marianna Kosaya, conducting

  1. Zima ("The Winter") -- music by A. Grechaninov, words by E. Baratynskij
  2. Kolokol'chiki ("The Bells”) -- music by M. Ancev, words by A. Tolstoj
  3. Russian folk song “Pojdu l' ya vyjdu l' ya"
  4. Ukrainian folk song “Oj syvaya ta I zozulen'ka” ("The Gray Cuckoo") arranged by M. Leontovich
  5. "The Alphabet Song" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 
  6. "The Butterfly" -- music by C. Davidson, words by Pavel Friedman
  7. “The Arithmetic Lesson” from cantata "Kak narisovat' pticu" ("How To Draw the Bird") -- music by E. Podgajts and words by J. Prever

North Shore Interfaith Choir

  1. "Jacob's Ladder" -- Peggy Massello conducting
  2. "Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit" -- arranged by William Dawson, Van Gilmer conducting
  3. "Oseh Shalom" composed by Jeff Klepper, with Jason Kaufman conducting and Pavel Roytman accompanying on piano
  4. "Avinu Malkeynu" composed by Max Janowski, with Jason Kaufman soloing, Pavel Roytman conducting, and Diana Koffman accompanying on piano
  5. "Total Praise" composed by Richard Smallwood, with Van Gilmer conducting and Peggy Massello accompanying on piano
  6. "My God, My Adored One" composed by Van Gilmer, with Van conducting, soloing, and accompanying on piano
  7. "Let the Heavens" by Rob Weinberg, with Pavel Roytman conducting, soloing and accompanying on piano
  8. "Benediction (The Lord Bless You and Keep You)" composed by Peter Lutkin, with Van Gilmer conducting

photos from "Harmonies of Faith"


audio from "Harmonies of Faith"
Click on the triangle icons below to listen to audio recordings from the concert --  


The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Oseh Shalom" by Jeff Klepper,

with Pavel Roytman accompanying on piano --

The Campanella Children's Choir performing Zima ("The Winter") -- music by A. Grechaninov, words by E. Baratynskij), with Marianna Kosaya conducting: 
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing Kolokol'chiki ("The Bells”) -- music by M. Ancev, words by A. Tolstoj, with Marianna Kosaya conducting:  
The Campanella Children's Choir performing the Russian folk song “Pojdu l' ya vyjdu l' ya," with Marianna Kosaya conducting:     
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing Ukrainian folk song “Oj syvaya ta I zozulen'ka” ("The Gray Cuckoo")  arranged by M. Leontovich, with Marianna Kosaya conducting:    
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing "The Alphabet Song" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with Marianna Kosaya conducting:   
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing "The Butterfly" (music by C. Davidson, words by Pavel Friedman), with Marianna Kosaya conducting:   
The Campanella Children's Choir  performing “The Arithmetic Lesson” from cantata "Kak narisovat' pticu" ("How To Draw the Bird") -- music by E. Podgajts and words by J. Prever, with Marianna Kosaya conducting:    
The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Avinu Malkeynu" by Max Janowski,
with Diana Koffman accompanying on piano -- :  

The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Total Praise" by Richard Smallwood,
with Van Gilmer conducting and Peggy Massello accompanying on piano -- :  
The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "My God, My Adored One,"
with Van Gilmer conducting, soloing, and accompanying on piano -- 

The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Let the Heavens" by Rob Weinberg,
with Pavel Roytman conducting, soloing, and accompanying on piano -- 
The North Shore Interfaith Choir performing "Benediction (The Lord Bless You
and Keep You)" by Peter Lutkin, with Van Gilmer conducting --   
"Harmonies of Faith" encore --
Here's the "Harmonies of Faith" flyer -- 
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blog post by Dan Godston

 
"Harvest, Abundance and Thanksgiving" was an interfaith performance event that happened at the Chicago Temple on Friday, October 14, 2011, before the Taizé Service. This interfaith performance event included the following -- 
  • Reverend Jean Darling read “The Summer Day," a poem by Mary Oliver. 
  • Gloria Needlman gave a reading from the Progressive Reform Prayer Book Mishkan T'filah. 
  • Brother Anthony of Taizé read “Letter from Chile" by Brother Alois, Prior of Taizé. 
  • Ellyzabeth Adler read “Only Breath" by Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi. 
  • Erik Nussbaum performed a piano nocturne. 
  • Saleem Muhammad said a few words about One Chicago, One Nation and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network. Dan Godston reads an Iroquois prayer. 
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The Borderbend Arts Collective presented an Interfaith Concert for Peace at The Chicago Temple on Sunday, March 16, 2008. The program included the following -- 
  • The Chicago Temple Handbell Ensemble,  Al Nogoum, and Sonic Healing Ministries’ Music Collective performed. 
  • Buddhist monks from Wat Dhammaram read verses of the Dhammapada and gave blessing chants.
  • The Pan-African Junior Dance Troupe and The Interfaith All Stars Dance Troupe performed.  
  • “Four Poets Engage the Divine” – Nina Corwin, Judy Valente, Kent Foreman, and Larry Janowski
  • Images from Snow City Arts Foundations’ Saving Ourselves exhibit were shown. 
  • performance art piece entitled "Living Sculptures”
  • performance of Pauline Oliveros’ composition entitled “The Heart Chant" 
There was a free will offering; proceeds benefited the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Ministries and Shanti Foundation for Peace
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Years ago I was what you might call faithless. I had given up on the religion that I was raised with. Once I entered adulthood, I found that it just didn't match up with the world that I was experiencing, so I rejected it. But ironically, I still used it to define myself. I became an atheist, but not the kind of atheist that refuses to take mythology literally and finds more meaning in rational exploration of our experiences. I was the kind of angry, reactionary atheist that wasn't really an atheist at all. I was the kind of atheist that was mad at God for not existing.

Eventually I found my anger and rejection of faith to be hollow. I felt a need for meaning in my life, and I noticed that event though I didn't believe in the aspects of religion that I would call "magical", there were still some things that I did believe in. I believed in right and wrong, and I believed in love. I believed that there must be some kind of meaning to life, even if I had to make it myself.

So, I started searching. And, I found very quickly that there are a lot of options when it comes to faith. Humankind has been wrestling with these questions for all time, and there is a vast wealth of information out there from those who have gone before us. I found that I didn't have to accept a cookie cutter, one size fits all explanation of life in order be a person of faith. I found that faith is not what happens when you stop asking questions and blindly accept things that seem unbelievable. Faith is what happens when you start asking questions, and searching in itself is part of the answer.

I also managed to make peace with my past and can now find a lot of value in the tradition I was raised with. Once, while I was taking a meditation course from a Zen priest, some of the students made some disparraging remarks about the Catholicism that they were raised with. The priest advised, "Don't disparage your past. It's what brought you here." Years later, I'm still practicing Buddhist meditation while studying to become a Unitarian Universalist minister at a Catholic university.

I'm still searching, but I've left the need to have all of the answers far behind. I've found that faith is not a set of statements that can be memorized, or a bunch of rules that I need to follow. Faith is something that I live, and it is enriched by every new experience and perspective that I add to it.

-Seth Fisher
 
Everywhere I go, everyone I talk to about Gaia House Interfaith Center says the same thing. "I wish there was one of those in my town! I would hang out there all the time!" Why? No other place I know of offers such a rich and diverse collection of spiritually edifying gatherings, eye-opening cultural experiences, and opportunities to create a community with truly amazing people of all ages and walks of life. 

I have sat down and shared meals with Jews, Muslims, and Christians who love each other. I have meditated with Buddhists and Hindus alike. I have shared and received life lessons with believers
and non-believers of all kinds. I have spent nearly three years of my life working to expand our reach and provide our students with opportunities to deepen their connections with themselves and one another, and become leaders who are the change they wish to see in the world. I have seen these students grow into aware adults, and I have seen them build on their experiences here by moving on to other peace, justice, and sustainability-based endeavors like the Peace Corps and the Greensburg, Kansas sustainable city project. 


The earth is Gaia, and this is our Gaia House: a microcosm, a sandbox, in which to create peace and understanding and learn to spread it.

Jon-Paul Diefenbach
Operations Director
Gaia House Interfaith Center
913 S. Illinois Ave.
Carbondale, IL 62901

ourgaiahouse.org 
(618) 549-7387
 
The SGI -USA Chicago Peace Concert Series presents Angel dCuba in concert at the SGI -USA Chicago Culture Center 1455 S. Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605 on Friday, January 27th at 7:00 PM.  No tickets needed. Free Concert. Free Parking. Doors open at 6:30pm. For more information, call 312-913-1211. Visit our Facebook page

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Angel d'Cuba
Cuban soul! Rich, explosive, sublime. Angel has built a solid reputation in his homeland and now in the USA as a dynamic performer and blender of styles, as well as a master of pure traditional Cuban music. He and his group cannot only lay down the typical latin party music of salsa, cha cha chá and merengue, but also heart-melting boleros, tasty jazz, smokin' funk and jumpin' calypso. In addition Angel is a prolific songwriter, with compositions spanning the styles of salsa, timba, merengue, pop latino, jazz, funk, calypso, samba and more. A savory sampling of this will be available on the forthcoming CD.  

Angel d'Cuba, former lead singer with Cuban super-group Mezcla, now resides in Chicago and leads his own group. This group delivers blistering salsa, timba, soul, funk, calypso and reggae flavored with the real MÚSICA CUBANA! Must see and hear to appreciate!

 Some of the places Angel d'Cuba has performed are Taste of Chicago 2011, The Old Town School of Folk Music 2011, Chicago's Festival Cubano 2010, among many others.

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The SGI Chicago Peace Concert Series is affiliated with SGI -USA (a registered IRS 501 © (3) non-profit) a lay Buddhist organization dedicated to peace, culture and education. As part of our mission, we’re proud to present these Peace Concerts on the last Friday of every month as a gift to the community. The Peace Concert Series has been ongoing since March of 2004.

Peace Concert Series Contact: George Goetschel, Peace Concert Coordinator 847-732-2497 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            847-732-2497      end_of_the_skype_highlighting georgegoetschel@comcast.net  or peaceconcert@sbcglobal.net
Print Version: Free Peace Concert:  Angel dCuba Friday, January 27th - 7PM - SGI -USA Chicago Culture Center 1455 S. Wabash. Free Concert. Free Parking. Doors open 6:30pm Info: 312-913-1211; http://www.sgicentral.org/  

 
"The Fabric of Our Faith" was a dynamic event presented by Treasures of Uptown earlier today. An intimate gathering of people from the community created fiber artworks that will be installed in The Peoples Church later this year. "The Fabric of Our Faith" was part of an series of innovative events presented by Treasures of Uptown; check out their website for info about their other programs.  

Listen to this audio to find out about the concepts and beliefs that inspired participants to come up with the images and patterns in their fiber artworks -- 
Here are some pictures taken during "The Fabric of Our Faith." Looking forward to seeing how those individual pieces of fiber art will be stitched together later! 


Here's the flyer that Treasures of Uptown produced for "The Fabric of Our Faith" -- 
 
 
Every Friday (6 p.m.): Rice & Spice International Slow Foods Dinner at the Gaia House Interfaith Center (913 S. Illinois Ave., Carbondale) Wednesday, January 18: "Women in Jewish and Muslim Traditions" -- Jewish/Muslim Text Study. Contact Annemarie (annemarie@jcua.org) for more information. 

Sunday, January 22 (2-4 p.m.): "The Fabric of Our Faith: An Interfaith Dialogue Expressed Through Fabric Art" at The Peoples Church (941 W. Lawrence Ave., Molly's Cafe, floor 3 1/2, Chicago)


Friday, January 27 (7:30 p.m.): Peace Concert featuring Cuba d'Angelo at Soka Gakkai International-USA (1455 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago)

Sunday, January 29 (3 p.m.): "Harmonies of Faith: North Shore Interfaith Choral Concert" that includes songs from various faith traditions (Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University, Evanston). Click HERE for more information.   

Tuesday, January 31 (8:30-9:30 a.m.): Greater Springfield Interfaith Association Board Meeting (Temple Israel, Springfield)