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   Date: 11/11/08

Music Department Hosts Week of Cultural Events

This week, the Smith music department will present two concerts with very different programs and aims.

Donald Wheelock

On Saturday, Nov. 15, the department will celebrate 35 years of music by Donald Wheelock, the Irwin and Pauline Alper Glass Professor of Music at Smith, as the Walden Chamber Players perform works by the composer. The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage.

And on Sunday, Nov. 16, the department will host a Concert for Peace and Tolerance, a performance by contemporary Pakistani guitarist Salman Ahmad, and Indian virtuoso tabla player Samir Chatterjee.

Also, a film screening of It’s My Country, Too, a documentary produced by Salman Ahmad about post-9/11 views of American Muslims, will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall.

Walden Players Perform Wheelock

The Walden Chamber Players, founded in 1997, is a group of 13 musicians who specialize in classical concerts with new content and presentation. The oldest piece in the program of Wheelock’s music is Ten Bagatelles for Oboe and String Quartet, which the composer wrote in 1972. It premiered at Smith and Amherst Colleges and was performed by Peter Bloom, oboe, and the Smith College String Quartet. The most recent piece, Piano Variations, is a virtuoso work composed in 2007, which will be performed by Judith Gordon, pianist and faculty member at Smith. The concert will begin with Wheelock’s String Trio (2003), a dramatic five-movement work for violin, viola, and cello. The concert will conclude with Music for Seven Players (1981), a one-movement work for two wind players, string trio, piano, and percussion, commissioned in the early 1980s by the Boston Musica Viva with the help of a grant from the Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities.

Concert for Peace and Tolerance

Samir Chatterjee

Ahmad and Chatterjee will present an acoustic blend of popular music incorporating Eastern and Western influences and conveying messages of peace and tolerance. Ahmad’s band Junoon has sold over 25 million albums worldwide. A passionate peace activist, Ahmad has performed at the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony and has appeared with Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Sting, Def Leppard, and Prodigy. Chatterjee’s work has been a catalyst for the fusion of Indian and Western musical traditions. He has performed extensively on Indian national radio and television and has appeared with Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan, Bhimsen Joshi, Branford Marsalis, Ravi Coltrane, Dance Theater of Harlem, Boston Philharmonic, Ethos Percussion group, Da Capo Chamber Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, and other jazz, classical, and avant-garde musicians and ensembles.

The concert is co-sponsored by The Smith College Music Department, the President’s Office, the Lecture Committee, and the Kent Fund.

Salman Ahmad

It’s My Country Too

Lead guitarist and founding member of Junoon, South Asia’s most popular rock band, Salman Ahmad fields questions in this documentary film about the social consequences of the 9/11 attacks, talking to taxi drivers, students, an attorney, and a Muslim mother of a 9/11 victim. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Music Department, President’s Office, and Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, will offer a post-film discussion with Smith faculty Suleiman Mourad, associate professor of religion, and Saleema Waraich, lecturer in art history, with Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, serving as moderator.

Ahmad, a trained doctor who left a promising career in medicine to embrace his deep passion for music, has inspired thousands of Muslims and Hindus in Pakistan and India to work toward a peaceful resolution of their half-century conflict. At one point in his career he was banned from Pakistani TV and radio, and band members received death threats for his outspokenness. He served as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador on HIV/AIDS in 2004, and joined relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims and earthquake victims of northern Pakistan in 2005.

All events are free and open to the public and no reservations will be accepted.


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