Imagining the Universe: Concert with Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche and Stanford University

Friday, November 21, 2014
Location & Time: 

Moss Arts Center - The Cube (9:30pm)

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On Friday, November 21, 2014, at Stanford University, the venerable Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist scholar and director of the Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy (Sichuan Province, China) will be giving a talk, followed by chanting, and a concert in his honor.  The event is part of Stanford’s yearlong project of “Imagining the Universe”.  Collaborating with NASA, this is a campus-wide interdisciplinary consortium exploring the connection between  sciences and the arts.  This theme coincides beautifully with Virginia Tech’s current focus on “Empathy and Connection”.
This concert will be an international event broadcast live via internet and will include simultaneous performances from Lee Heuermann (voice), Patricia Raun (voice), Alan Weinstein (cello), Rick Masters (piano), and Ivica Ico Bukvic (laptop) from the Institute for Creativity and the Arts (ICAT) and the School of the Performing Arts at Virginia Tech; Chris Chafe (celletto – electric cello) – director of  the Center for Computer Research in Music  and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University; Cecilia Wu (voice and novel instrument), Matthew Wright (oud), and the CREATE Ensemble from Media Arts and Technology (MAT) at UC Santa Barbara; Reshi Tsering Tan (voice and traditional Tibetan instruments) from the Shangri-La Folk Music Preservation Association; and Roberto Morales Manzanares (flute) from the University of Guanajuato.
Lee Heuermann will give a pre-concert talk entitled, “Being Peace and the Power of the Voice”, at 9:30 p.m.  in the CUBE.  This talk explores using the voice as a vehicle for non-violent change, and focuses on the work of Hildegard von Bingen (German Christian mystic composer – 12th Century) and Yeshe Tsogyal (the first Tibetan female “monk” – 8th Century), as well as contemporary practitioners such as Ani Choying Drolma (Nepal) and Sister Helen Prejean (US).
This concert is related to an ongoing collaboration between Lee Heuermann (composer/singer, VT, SOPA), Cecelia Wu (composer/singer, UCSB, MAT) and Chris Chafe (composer/cellist, Stanford, CCRMA).  In the summer of 2013, Heuermann and Wu performed Heuermann’s composition “Being Peace”, and was a guest speaker (“Being Peace and the Power of the Voice”) at the 3rd World Buddhist Youth Conference (initiated by Khenpo Sodargye Rinpoche) on Sustainable Development, at the Hong Kong Institute of Education.