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The Tibetan Monks to
Perform at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Aug. 19, 1999|
A performance by The Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will open this season's Artists Series Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
"The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. Lasting approximately two hours, including a 20-minute intermission, the performance is comprised of 10 pieces believed to generate energies conducive to world healing.
Sponsored by Richard Gere Productions and the Loseling Institute, the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours are endorsed by the Dalai Lama as a means of raising international awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization.
Two major 1998 films have stimulated and reflected America's current interest in Tibet. The music of the multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling Monastery is the heart of the soundtrack of "Seven Years in Tibet"; and the monks performed with composer Phillip Glass at the premiere presentation of his Oscar-nominated score for Martin Scorsese's "Kundun."
Two of the five CDs produced by the Drepung Loseling monks "Sacred Tibetan Temple Music" and "Sacred Music Sacred Dance" have achieved top-10 status on U.S. music charts.
Drepung Monastery was established near Lhasa, Tibet, in 1416. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or "The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind," was the largest, housing more than three-quarters of Drepung's 10,000 to 15,000 monks.
After the Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet in 1959 and the forced closure and destruction of its 6,500 monasteries, some 250 monks from Loseling managed to escape the holocaust and rebuild their institution in Karnataka State, South India. The number of monks presently in the re-established Drepung Loseling has since increased to more than 2,500.
From their inception in 1988, the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours have enjoyed overwhelmingly enthusiastic critical and popular acclaim. In 1991, as a result of the tours, the monks were invited to establish a seat in North America. The Loseling Institute a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion, and a sanctuary for nurturing inner peace, community understanding and global healing was established in Atlanta. In 1998, Drepung Loseling and its North American seat established academic affiliation with Emory University, with the objective of promoting transcultural understanding and scholarly interchange.
The monks have shared the stage with Kitaro, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, the Beastie Boys and many others. As well as performing in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the Ravinia Festival, they have appeared in hundreds of university auditoriums, civic halls, festivals and churches throughout the country.
Tickets are $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Single tickets will go on sale at the University Service Center on Monday, Aug. 30, and will be sold at the door.
Three different Artists Series season packages are on sale now at the Service Center, in Davies Center's West Lobby. Offering discounts between 10 and 20 percent, season subscriptions may be purchased by mail or in person at the Service Center windows.
Patrons may also charge season subscriptions or single tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 19, 1999