2018-19 World Music Series

19-19 World Music

2018-19 World Music Series

Soka Performing Arts Center brings you the best emerging and established artists from around the globe performing traditional music often with a contemporary twist. Explore artists from a variety of countries and cultures performing an array of musical styles and genres. 

Tickets: $30 ($26 student/senior/military) – General Admission
Package: 4 World Music Performances
Package Price: $92 ($80 student/senior/military)
Package Savings: $24-28 (23%)
Location/Configuration: Black Box Theatre/Seated (*unless otherwise noted)

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A Moving Sound—Music & Dance of Taiwan
Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.

The award-winning Taiwanese ensemble fuses traditional influences with a global sensibility. Featuring the distinctive timbres of the erhu (Taiwanese fiddle), zhong ruan (lute), and the transcendent vocals of Mia Hsieh, A Moving Sound is a whirlwind that veers between the meditative and the exuberant with irrepressible spirit.

Nobuntu—Zimbabwean Voices
Friday, November 9, 2018, at 8:00 p.m.

The female a cappella group from Zimbabwe has drawn international acclaim for performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro jazz to gospel music. Nobuntu performs with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion on traditional instruments, and organic, authentic dance movements. Celebrating the belief that music has the power to transcend racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries.

Firebird Balalaika Quintet—Russian & Eastern European Songs 
Friday, February 1, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.

“Firebird is musically superb!” (LA Times). Firebird’s repertoire ranges from traditional Russian and Eastern European songs to well-known classics and works of contemporary composers. Performing on Russian traditional instruments including the stringed, round-bodied domra; the stringed, triangular-bodied balalaika; and the bayan, a member of the accordion family popular in Russia and Ukraine.

Pascuala Ilabaca y FaunaFrom Chile to India 
Friday, March 29, 2019, at 8:00 p.m.
*Configuration: Standing

Accordion-wielding Chilean singer-songwriter Pascuala Ilabaca’s music is rooted in traditional sounds from Barcelona, Chile, Mexico, and India, incorporated with jazz, pop, and rock. Her stage presence conjures up sweetness and empowerment, with song lyrics focused on positive messages of feminism, anti-violence, and cultural heritage. Her band, Fauna, is made up of keyboard, sax/clarinet, percussion, bass, and guitar. 

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Current Package Holder Renewals begin on May 8.

Current series package holder renewals will begin on May 8, 2018. Current package holders will receive a special renewal email notice with instructions and a link to renew their current seats. Current package holder seats will be reserved until June 5, 2018. After that date, seats that are not renewed will be released for general sale. Online Renewal Instructions

Online Package Sales for new package subscribers will begin on June 12.

New series package requests will begin on June 12, 2018. An email notice will be sent out to all Soka Performing Arts Center patrons just prior to that date.

Package Sales end the day of the first performance in the series. 

Single-Event Tickets and Create Your Own Series packages go on sale July 10.

Tickets for individual events (Single-Event Tickets) will go on sale July 10, 2018. At that time, you may purchase any or all of the individual performances. You may also Create Your Own Series by selecting four events from our Season calendar.

PLEASE NOTE: Artists, programs, dates and times subject to change.