The World Festival of Sacred Music, a musical series organized in Los Angeles every three years since 1999, has a number of events in the local area, and will conclude on Santa Monica Beach.
In total, the festival is comprised of 43 events of sacred music and movement throughout the Los Angeles area.
Locally, Visions of Conflict and Resolution, will feature an extended jazz/world music solo piano performance by Larry Karush, and an interfaith chamber chorus work performed by Zephyr: Voices Unbound, directed by Karl Snyder and Geoffrey Dent, at the Loyola Marymount University Sacred Heart Chapel, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 students and seniors.
The Wheel, the piece performed by Karush, draws upon a metaphor of expansion and contraction that “alternately reaches out to the cosmos and inward to the self,” according to World Festival of Sacred Music organizers.
The chamber chorus work performed by Zephyr, titled Requiem Karuna Agung, combines texts from Catholic Christian and Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
The World Jewish Music Fest is a free featured event at noon Saturday, October 1st, on the Santa Monica Pier, ocean end of Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica.
The afternoon features performances by Stefani Valadez, whose Ladino music expresses the Spanish and North African Sephardic tradition.
Also, the three-piece band Klezmer Craze, under the direction of clarinetist Leo Chelyapov will perform along with Jewish folk dancers.
Honoring the Sea, the closing ceremony of the World Festival of Sacred Music, is scheduled from 3 p.m. until sundown outdoors at Santa Monica Beach, ocean end of Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica. Admission is free. Participants are asked to wear white and bring flowers and drums to participate in a dance and drum jam honoring nature.
Organizers expect about 300 artists to participate in sacred traditions from five lineages of world cultures — African, Brazilian, Hawaiian, Italian and Native American. An offering will be made to the sea and carried by canoe by the Ti’at Society.
Information, (310) 825-0507.