Two events to conclude ‘I Have a Dream Week’

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Article Published: Jan. 24, 2013 | Modified: Jan. 28, 2013
Two events to conclude ‘I Have a Dream Week’

On Sunday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., flutist Akal Dev Sharonne and friends will present a concert to celebrate diversity in music and poetry.

The concert will be held at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone.

According to Sharonne, many different cultures and traditions will be represented with music from Germany, France, Brazil, Hungary and India. Judaism, Christianity, Sufism and Native American spirituality will also be honored. Attendees will hear the poetry of Rumi, Hafiz, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes and Oriah Mountain Dreamer, along with other lesser-known poets.

Sharonne enjoys a career that has taken her to such unique and diverse places as the Caribbean islands of St. Croix and St. John, a remote ninth century village in the south of France, and Dachau, the Nazi holocaust memorial in Germany. She served for three years in North Carolina’s prestigious Visiting Artist Program, bringing her art to many underserved and disadvantaged audiences.

Sharonne said she is honored to have participated in “I Have a Dream Week” since its inception in 1992.

Soprano Linda Larson has performed at venues from Alaska to Maine. She toured with the New York City Opera National Company and sang at regional opera houses throughout the U.S.

Larson has taught at Cornell University, New York University and Ithaca College. Now living in the High Country of North Carolina, she is conductor of the Appalachian Chorale and sings in the chamber trio, “Inalare.”

Pianist Laura Coston is an active performer in the High Country, playing piano and organ at various churches and other venues. She has also performed with the Western Piedmont Symphony, and with other regional orchestras.

Elizabeth Percival and Mary Gray will be presenting the poetry offerings. Percival is a creation coach, brain, body and energy worker, artist, writer and performer. She lives in Vilas with her 98-year-old mother, Nora Percival, a writer.

Gray is a Welsh author, poet and storyteller. Her six published books are on the history and teachings of the Baha’i faith, which is a message of unity and the removal of prejudice. Her work has been published in nine different languages.

A donation of $10 is requested to cover the costs of producing the concert. Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended. To reserve a place, call (828) 264-1384.

Following the concert in the sanctuary, Sharonne will lead Dances of Universal Peace in the great hall to conclude the weeklong activities.

This participatory event will honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his message. It will also include a recording of the famous “I Have a Dream” speech. No experience is necessary; people of all ages are welcome. A donation of $5 is requested. For more information, call (828) 264-1384.

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