Each year Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Civic Engagement program shines a light on Houston’s diverse cultural landscape through a concert of devotional music from selected faith communities. Now in its sixth year, Voices of the Spirit has yet to repeat any artists in this eye- and ear-opening lineup.
This year’s program will range from the beautiful Adhan (Muslim call to prayer) and hypnotic Cambodian temple music to mariachi songs for the Virgin of Guadalupe and thunderous percussion evocations of Garifuna spirituality.
Whether through the syncopated beat of the drums and chorus, devotional alabanzas for the Feast Day of the Virgin, traditional Khmer sacred ensemble music, or a cappella intonations of the Q’uran, each religious tradition featured in the concert expresses its specific devotional perspective through a distinctive style.
Voices of the Spirit will begin with an Islamic call to prayer by Mu'ezzin Ameer Abuhalimeh from the Da’Wah Islamic Center, followed by Mariachi Estrellas de Mexico with a repertoire of alabanzas in adoration of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the most important holy personage in Latino Catholicism. The program will continue with the Neak Porn Ensemble performing the portion of their repertoire that is traditionally only performed in Cambodian Buddhist temple settings. The Garifuna group Walagante, who combine percussion, chorus and dance in a traditional spiritual invocation, will punctuate the end of the concert.
Admission is free and open to the public, with reservation, at asiasociety.com/texas. (Limit two per person.) For additional requests, call 713.496.9901. Unclaimed tickets will be released ten minutes prior to the event.
Registration details to come.
Voices of the Spirit VI is made possible by the generosity of the National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Endowment Inc., Southwest Airlines, and Bill and Sara Morgan.
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