Celebrate Earth Day @ “Playing for the Planet: World Violins Against Climate Change”: April 22nd, Friday @ 7:00 p.m.

April 2, 2011 at 2:14 am Leave a comment

As you are probably already well aware, Earth Day is all about honoring our precious environment. In this particular concert setting it is more specifically about reversing the global warming trend and the ghastly havoc it is wreaking upon our environment at this very moment. Yikes!!! This event is the 4th installment in a performance series  that very successfully joins great world music with a great world cause.  At this point, I am going to let the creator of this highly important series describe this musical Earth Day celebration to you  in his own words, as he has already so beautifully done so: “Playing For The Planet: World Violinists Against Climate Change” was conceived as a way for these creative musicians to contribute to the urgent struggle against global warming. Because the climate problem recognizes no national boundaries, the artists represent musical styles from three different parts of the globe. [Mimi] Rabson, [Tara] Bangalore, and [Beth Bahia] Cohen and their accompanists may present different melodic and rhythmic concepts, but they share key musical values: listening, honesty, creativity, and respect. And, of course, all three artists and their accompanists are committed to raising awareness of the potentially devastating effects of global warming. Their choice of beneficiary, 350.org, is focused on building global consensus on reduction of atmospheric CO2 levels — action which climatologists agree is necessary to avoid catastrophic outcomes. It’ll be an incredible evening of  powerful music- from some of the finest musicians in New England and the world.”–Warren Senders. 
Playing for the Planet” will be:
Mimi Rabson (appearing with Nick Grondon on guitar, Dave Clark on bass, and Ricardo Monzon on drums) Known for her extreme innovativeness, she is currently considered one of Boston’s leaders in the field of jazz/world fusion. She has very successfully taken on a wide variety of musical roles during her highly accomplished career including: performer, composer, recording artist, musical director, and professor. She is a co-founder of the infamous Klezmer Conservatory Band, has appeared with the legendary violinist Itzahak Perlman, wrote music later to be included in the soundtrack of Saturday Night Live, and has been lauded by world renown conductor Yehudi Menuhin. Read on to learn more about her exciting career.  

Tara Bangalore – This highly talented successful violinist and classical Indian vocalist began performing for the general public at the tender age of eight. Since then, she has gone on to perform with some of her homeland’s best musicians including Sri T.R. Subramaniam, Smt. M.L. Vasanthakumari, Prof. Ramanathan, and her very own teacher, Smt. T. Rukmini. Both her vocal and violin performances have earned national acclaim in the USA as well as India. An award-winning teacher, she has been sharing both her vocal and instrumental skills with countless successful students throughout New England for over twenty years. You can learn more about this fascinating artist here.  

Beth Bahia Cohen (with Mac Ritchey, oud and percussion, and Todd Roach percussion) In addition to the violin, Ms. Cohen has established herself as a true master of a wide variety of ethnic bowed instruments from various regions of the Middle East, Greece, and Eastern Europe. She is also a scholar who has received numerous grant rewards in support of her research on native music in general from these areas of the world. Furthermore she has gone on to share her vast knowledge as a teacher and guest lecturer at various of our nation’s colleges and universities. As a well-seasoned national performer and recording artist, she has received rave reviews from such publications as the Boston Globe, Sojourner, and Strings Magazine. As a performer, she also specialize’s in music of the Jewish tradition. You can listen to some of her newer solo work on her latest cd entitled “Weaving the Worlds”. For more interesting details on this fine artist, click here.    


In October of 2009, I had the fortune of attending an earlier concert, the first, also put on by Mr. Senders for the same wonderful cause, this time in recognition of “International Climate Change Awareness Day.” As an ardent lover of world music, I thoroughly enjoyed the entire evening. Here is a summary of some of the highlights of that event, complete with photos. As I have said so many times before, it is truly a wonderful thing when world music can be employed as a catalyst in support of global well-being in any form. Kudos to Mr. Senders for giving us, the audience, yet another opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful project, complete with such exquisite music!

Event Details:

All proceeds of this event go to benefit the mission of 350.org.

When: Friday, April 22nd @ 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Emmanuel Church (Boston)

Tickets: $20.00 (General Admission) (Online purchase) / $15.00 (Seniors and Students) (Online purchase)

Advance purchase options for tickets are available until 3:00 p.m. on the day of the concert   

More Info: 781-396-0734 OR www.warrensenders.com

(Area Restaurants)


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Spend an Evening with Skordalia and See What a Taste of “Zesty” Greek Music is All About: April 9th, Saturday (7:00 – 9:30 p.m.) Join the Zamir Chorale of Boston and Their Very Special Guests in a Celebratory Musical Union of Arabic and Jewish Cultures: April 10th, Sunday (2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

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