'A Musical Feast'

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Jan. 23 | Modified: Jan. 27
'A Musical Feast'

Akal Dev Sharonne presents 'A Musical Feast' Sunday, Jan. 26.

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An annual event to celebrate the work and life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., known as “I Have a Dream Week,” culminates with “A Musical Feast” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Boone at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.

Admission is $10, but students will be admitted for $10 with proper ID. Children younger than 12 are admitted for free.

The event is held to celebrate cultural diversity with music styles that span the globe, according to a news release.

The performance will include the musical talents of Kay Borkowski, Corinne Cassini, Melissa Lesbines, Laura Coston, Jessica Warner, Stephanie Blaha, Pankaj Desai and Akal Dev Sharonne.

Performance attendees can expect an eclectic mix of piano, cello, flute, French horn and violin instrumentation.
“In last few years, there seems to have been an influx of amazing musicians to the area, and they don’t often get heard in concert, because they have independent affiliations,” said flutist Sharonne, who also serves as artistic director for the event. “These are really outstanding musicians, (and because) we are doing this as part of ‘I Have a Dream Week,’ the idea is to present a program of cultural diversity. Unity and diversity has become the theme of this week.”

Sharonne said the “real juice” of the performers has come alive during rehearsals. “What happens during rehearsals is most exciting,” she said.

Having a talented and accommodating set of dedicated musicians also goes a long way to making the event a success, Sharonne added.

Playing and celebrating music, after all, is what the event is really about.

“I got the idea of bringing us all together to do what we love so dearly — playing chamber music,” Sharonne said. “It was gratifying to receive such an enthusiastic response from everyone I invited. And it’s always an honor to be part of our community’s celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.”

The spirit of “I Have a Dream Week” has been apparent all week long in Boone, she said.

“On Sunday, I went to (Boone) Unitarian (Universalist) Fellowship church, because (there was) mention that the minister would be speaking on the subject of Dr. King’s concept on the beloved community, which is a community of people practicing non-violence,” she said. “It occurred to me afterwards that this concept can be applied to our community. We really do live in a beloved community.”

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 170 Councill St. in Boone. For more information, (828) 264-8943.

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Akal Dev Sharonne presents 'A Musical Feast' Sunday, Jan. 26.
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Pankaj Desai is one of many performers banding together for ‘A Musical Feast’ in celebration of cultural diversity and unity.
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