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Kathy Wirtanen
Administrative, Facility
& Conference Assistant

P:  (540) 464-7361
F: (540) 464-7396

Center for Leadership & Ethics
VMI, Marshall Hall
500 Anderson Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

March 23, 2010
5:30 – 8:00 pm   Cultural Celebration - Food, Dance, Music, and Film
Marketplace buffet with foods from many nations
 

 

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5:30 p.m., Special screening of "Cities of Light."  Daniel Tutt discusses the documentary film 

 
7:00 p.m., Special Director's screening of "Out of Cordoba."  Jacob Bender will discuss his documentary film.

 

 Al Andalus 

Musical Guest: Al-Andalus Ensemble (performances at 5:45, 6:45, and 7:45 p.m.) 

The core of the Al-Andalus Ensemble is the married couple Tarik and Julia Banzi. Similar to the Renaissance that inspires them, they are scholars, musicians and artists whose lives reflect their commitment to create peaceful understanding between the East and the West. The Banzi's present historically informed performances of Andalusian works and also create new compositions, rooted in the Andalusian legacy. They bring their fresh and invigorating instrumental style to the stage and genuinely connect with audiences of all ages. The Banzi’s unique music bridges world, traditional contemporary and classical genres. In the United States, Spain and North Africa, Tarik and Julia Banzi's devotion to creating peaceful understanding between the US & the Arab world and amongst Muslims, Jews & Christians has significantly contributed to the politics of the region and set the trend for what is now a blossoming Andalusian music Renaissance. Their latest CD 21 Strings is in the 2010 Grammy Pool. The title track from their album Alchemy won the JPFolks "Peoples Grammy Award" for the “Best World Music Song of 2009.” It was selected by music professionals and fans alike from over 560,000 songs entered from 163 countries around the world in what is the world's largest Independent Music Awards Just Plain Folks Music Awards. 21 Strings was Awarded the "Vox Pop" Award fro the "Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2010" in the 9th annual Independent Music Awards program.