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Beginning Nov. 25, the Toledo Museum of Art will host the Festival of World Holidays.
The only touring program of its kind in North America, The Festival of World Holidays International Dance Concert features more than 35 artists from four continents showcasing the cultural diversity of Russia, Spain, Tibet, Persia, India, China, Lebanon, Mongolia, Israel, Uzbekistan, Native America, Ukraine, Africa, Egypt and more.
The concert series will start at noon in the Great Gallery with excerpts of the main concert highlighting Asia, Europe, Native America and the Middle East. This event is free.
On Nov. 26, a full-length concert will be performed in the Peristyle at 2:30 p.m. Two bonus arts-in-education mini concerts will be presented on Nov. 28, for grades K-8 at 11 a.m. and high school students at 1 p.m.
Developed by the San Francisco-based LifeDance Theater as an annual tradition that offers a global view of holidays, the concert offers authentic music, dance, spoken word, storytelling and theatrical presentation.
Individual concert excerpts for the Great Gallery event will include regions from Asia, Europe and the Middle East presented in four segments with narration, performance and some audience participation.
“The concert revolving around world holidays evolved out of a desire to showcase global cultures at the moments where they celebrate the sacred and the secular in time honored traditions expressing both humanity’s uniqueness and common ground,” said Lorna Zilba, a Toledo native and LifeDance’s artistic director.
Reserved seats for Sunday’s full-length matinee concert in the Peristyle are $35, $25 and $18, with special discount packages being offered to seniors, students and groups. Tickets are available through www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.
Schools interested in group reservations for the arts-in-education mini concerts on Nov. 28, in the Peristyle should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Annamarie Zilba, national director, at (419) 870-7175 by Nov. 22.