Wednesday, February 20, 2008

From Southeast Asia to Eastern Shore: Cambodian Classics Ensemble Performs at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — The 56th season of the Washington College Concert Series continues with a performance by the Cambodian Classics Ensemble at the Norman James Theatre in William Smith Hall on Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m.

The Cambodian Classics Ensemble features master musicians and dancers who were trained at Cambodia's Fine Arts University, were leaders of professional ensembles in Cambodia, and have revived their arts in refugee camps and the United States since the late 1970s.

These artists are among the masters who resettled in response to civil war, revolution and economic hardship. Juggling daily survival with preserving their traditions, they are recognized teachers and performers in their community, but they are virtual secrets to their mainstream neighbors.

Khmer music and dance maintain and nurture relationships that keep heaven and earth in equilibrium. Many of the artists tell stories of how they believe that their arts have saved them from seemingly inescapable misfortune and death.

The 2007-2008 Washington College Concert Series will continue with a recital by harpist Elizabeth Hainen at the Norman James Theatre on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m.

Tickets ($15 for adults and $5 for youth and students) for each concert can be purchased at the door. For more information, call 410-778-7839.

February 20, 2008

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