Ramakrishna in Song

Ramakrishna in Song: An Oratorio based on
the Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 7.30–9 pm
Pot-luck supper to follow

Words and Music by Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da of the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da, the com­pos­er, will be present to talk about and play record­ed selec­tions from his Ora­to­rio.

Print­ed pro­grams with all the lyrics will be avail­able, mak­ing it easy to fol­low the words of the songs.

The libret­to is based on some of the basic teach­ings of Sri Rama­kri­shna such as the nature of God, One Truth – many paths, faith, and spir­i­tu­al prac­tice. The Ora­to­rio also includes the musi­cal por­tray­al of three of Ramakrishna’s para­bles: the sto­ry of the chameleon, the pun­dit who could not swim, and the pot of curd. The words have been set to music in a vari­ety of musi­cal styles, and the work is sung by an 18-voice, mixed choir and soloists.

The ora­to­rio was pre­sent­ed live at the Vedan­ta Soci­ety of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in Hol­ly­wood, San Diego, and San­ta Bar­bara, as well as at USC. As the work was wide­ly acclaimed, Swa­mi Atmavidyanan­da was invit­ed to present it at oth­er Vedan­ta cen­ters.

Since it is imprac­ti­cal to tour with an 18-mem­ber choir, “Rama­kri­shna in Song” is the tour­ing edi­tion of the ora­to­rio. This is a unique expe­ri­ence because the audi­ence can expe­ri­ence the ora­to­rio in the pres­ence of the com­pos­er, who will pro­vide a com­men­tary on the work – its libret­to and style.

The orches­tral accom­pa­ni­ment is a syn­the­sized record­ing pro­duced from the work scored using Sibelius soft­ware.

We are plan­ning for a potluck din­ner, If you can bring a small dish of your choice that will be great­ly appre­ci­at­ed.

We look for­ward to see­ing you at the pro­gram.

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