Professors celebrate Diwali with concert

For Immediate Release: Sept. 22, 2014


BLOOMSBURG— In celebration of the Diwali festival of lights, Bloomsburg University faculty will collaborate on a multimedia performance on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Titled “Lumina,” the concert features Charisse Baldoria on piano. The experience of light is explored in this Asian-inspired concert, which also features video and dance by Ron Lambert and Julie Petry, respectively, as well as lighting design by alumnus Anthony Roslevich.

The concert conveys the love story of Rama and Sita, characters of the Ramayana epic, and features a live soundtrack of music by composers from around the world who were inspired by Asia and Argentina:  Lou Harrison’s “Varied Trio,” Claude Debussy’s “And the moon descends on the temple which used to be,” Colin McPhee’s “Balinese Ceremonial Music,” Ástor Piazzolla’s “Oblivion and Libertango” and Gareth Farr’s “Sepuluh Jari (Ten Fingers).”

To complete the soundscape, unusual instruments such as rice bowls, chopsticks and baker’s pans will be used by visiting percussion professor and marching band director Jacob Gall.  Retired Mansfield University music professor Kenneth Sarch will play the violin and Naomi Niskala, piano professor from Susquehanna University, will perform with Baldoria in a two-piano piece. BU dance alumna Elizabeth Potter and students Dreland Goar and Shaakira Bradshaw will do structured dance improvisations as directed by Petry.

Baldoria is a prize winner at the San Antonio International Piano Competition, among others, and has performed in five continents. Petry was nominated twice for a regional Emmy for her choreography and was part of over 100 productions as a Chicago-area dance professional. Lambert has collaborated with musicians, had his work published in two books and displayed in galleries around the country, and his videos screened in international festivals, such as the Crosstalk Video Festival in Budapest.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.