Virginia Tech faculty from the School of Performing Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology will join musicians from across the country and Mexico for a simultaneous performance broadcast live online. 

The performance is in conjunction with Stanford University’s yearlong celebration “Imagining the Universe,” which explores connections between the arts and sciences.

The event will be held on Friday, Nov. 21 in the Moss Arts Center Cube, at 190 Alumni Mall. The concert begins at 10:30 p.m., with a special pre-concert talk at 9:30 p.m.

The concert, “Imagining the Universe from Music, Spirituality, and Tradition,” will feature a performance by a several faculty from Virginia Tech’s School of Performing Arts: Lee Heuermann (voice), visiting assistant professor; Patty Raun (voice), professor and director; Alan Weinstein (cello), associate professor; Rick Masters (piano), instructor; and Ivica Ico Bukvic (laptop), associate professor. 

Bukvic is also a senior fellow with the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

These musicians will perform simultaneously with musicians at Stanford University; the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Guanajuato in Mexico; and the Shangri-La Folk Music Preservation Association in New York.

The concert is in honor of Khenpo Sodargye, a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and director of the Larung Gar Five Sciences Buddhist Academy in the Sichuan Province, China. Sodargye will be giving a talk at Stanford University prior to the performance. Stanford’s “Imagining the Universe” project brings together scientists, artists, and humanists to explore the nature of the universe.

The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology is providing the technological capabilities in the Moss Arts Center Cube to livestream the performances from the various locations and allow the Virginia Tech faculty to perform with the other musicians in real time.

Heuermann will provide the pre-concert talk, “Being Peace and the Power of the Voice,” at 9:30 p.m.  This talk explores using the voice as a vehicle for nonviolent change, and focuses on the work of Hildegard von Bingen, a medieval German writer and composer and Yeshe Tsogyal, the first woman recognized as a Tibetan female Buddha in the 8th century, as well as contemporary practitioners, such as Ani Choying Drolma and Sister Helen Prejean.


The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300.

This concert is the result of an ongoing collaboration between Heuermann and faculty from Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.



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