"Devotional Music and Poetry From the Middle East"

March 5, 2004

"Devotional Music and Poetry From the Middle East"

The Evergreen State College
Daniel J. Evans Library 1000 (first floor lobby)
Sat., March 6, 2004
6:30 p.m.

Open to the public

A fun evening of music, dance and poetry is slated for Saturday, March 6 at The Evergreen State College's Daniel J. Evans Library in the first floor lobby. "Devotional Music and Poetry From the Middle East" offers lively entertainment suitable for all members of the family. Tickets are $5 for Evergreen students and $7 general admission and are available at the Evergreen Bookstore, and downtown at Traditions and Bao Bei Gifts.

Latif Bolat opens the event at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation on the "Sufi Tradition, Mysticism and the Arts." A world-renowned musician and artist whose work promotes the ideals of humanism and universalism, he is regarded as one of the most distinguished Turkish musicians in the United States. Bolat encourages audience members to dance along with the music.

"It is an honor that an artist such as Bolat, who has earned international acclaim, is coming to Evergreen," says event organizer Hirsh Diamant.

The celebration begins at 7:30 p.m. with music from several regions and traditions: Turkey and Anatolia by the Latif Bolat Ensemble; Hebrew devotional songs from the Temple Beth Hatfiloh Choir; Chinese with Zi Yi Zhou, a virtuoso pipa player; and Persian with Saeed Shahram.

The evening coincides with Evergreen's popular lecture series and community dialogue "Search for Peace" which concludes on Thursday, March 4, and Evergreen International Women's Week. Bolat's visit to Evergreen is sponsored by several academic programs and community organizations.

Contact: Hirsh Diamant at dimanth@evergreen.edu or (360) 867-6736.
Kate Lykins Brown, (360) 867-5213