“Music for People” Benefit Concert at Immaculata University

Media Contact: Ron Kravitz 215-233-0777

IMMACULATA, PA — Improvised music, world rhythms and audience participation are some of the highlights when two world-class, Grammy Award winning musicians, David Darling and Glen Velez share the stage at a benefit concert for the grass roots organization Music for People. The concert takes place on Sunday, June 27, 3:00 pm, at Immaculata University´s Villa Maria Hall in the Rotunda, 1145 King Road, Immaculata.
Concert headliner David Darling, often called the "Maverick Cellist" is the founder and Artistic Director of Music for People, the non-profit organization this concert benefits. David is known globally for his unique improvisational style of performing and his humanistic approach to teaching music, in a career that has spanned more than 40 years. His workshops create a humorous, playful and energetic way of deepening one´s personal relationship with music as a life-long journey. Of recent note, David Darling´s "Prayer for Compassion" won the Grammy Award for best New Age album of 2010. He also composed the score for "Salim Baba," a 2007 Academy Award nominee for best documentary short subject. He is a multiple Grammy nominee and the original cellist with The Paul Winter Consort. David has performed and recorded dozens of albums as a soloist and has shared the stage and recording studio with Bobby McFerrin, Arlo Guthrie, R. Carlos Nakai, Glen Velez, and Spyro Gyra.
"This concert honors the memory of Sister Jean Anthony Gileno, IHM, who headed the Immaculata University Music & Healing Institute," shared David Darling in a recent interview. "Immaculata has been our gracious host for events in the Philadelphia area for close to 20 years."
Sharing the stage with David Darling is four-time Grammy Award winning Master Drummer and Composer Glen Velez, who will perform on diverse and unique percussion instruments from around the world. His performance will create a sacred space and a musical setting where the ancient and modern worlds collide. While Glen Velez draws upon the great drumming traditions of the Middle East, South India and the Mediterranean world, he plays in a totally original style. Utilizing a vast culmination of complex hand and finger techniques, he creates a symphony of sounds and textures from just a single hand-held drum. Internationally recognized as a solo artist and also known for his 15-year recording and performing collaborations with composer Steve Reich as well as the Paul Winter Consort, Glen Velez has also collaborated with Opera Orchestra of New York, Suzanne Vega, David Darling, Pat Metheny, Zakir Hussain, and the New York City Ballet.
"This benefit concert is going to be an uplifting experience for all those who attend," says Music for People graduate and concert producer Ron Kravitz of Wyndmoor, Pa. "In 1988, I was lacking confidence in my musical ability and was seeking guidance and direction for something more. I read about a workshop offering called Music for People facilitated by cellist David Darling. Long story short, I took the workshop. David’s encouraging, humanistic approach to facilitating music improvisation was an eye opening, inspiring, life-changing experience for me."
Today, Ron Kravitz is a musician, facilitator, and event producer. "Underground at Ron’s is my house concert production venue of 12 years. The seed was Music for People. The David Darling and Friends benefit concert is one of the ways I love giving back to David and the incredibly gifted, nurturing and supportive MfP community."
General admission tickets for the concert are $25, $15 seniors, and $10 kids (under 12). Supporter VIP tickets (reserved seating) are $45 and must be purchased in advance. For more information and ordering tickets call 1-877¬446-8742, email mfp@musicforpeople.org, or visit the website: www.musicforpeople.org.


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