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Trails & Vistas World Concert celebrates peace with music from around the world

The West's greatest funk band, SambaDá, will perform at Trails & Vistas World Concert
The West's greatest funk band, SambaDá, will perform at Trails & Vistas World Concert
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September is art month in North Lake Tahoe and there is no better place to see creativity reign than during Trails and Vistas World Concert, an event produced in partnership with the Truckee Tahoe Peace Project. Acclaimed performers from Los Angeles, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area, Reno and Tahoe will grace the stage at the Theatre at Sand Harbor State Park on Sept. 6.

Music, dance and art transcend all nationalities and are the common language that touch the heart of all people,” shares Andy Hill who runs For Goodness Sake, coordinator of the Truckee Tahoe Peace Project. “While governments and regimes may be in conflict with one another, the citizens of the world can come together to appreciate and celebrate global diversity and the richness of cultural traditions in a spirit of peace, harmony and joy.”

Trails and Vistas is a Truckee, CA-based nonprofit organization dedicated to producing inspiring art events in nature. From the 11th annual September art hikes to this year’s World Concert, collaboration is a key element of Trails and Vistas signature events.

The World Concert will open with a duet by Scarlet Rivera on the Violin of Peace and Ann Licater on Native American flute. The Violin of Peace, constructed by artist and peace advocate Patrick McCollum, is made with nearly one hundred pieces of wood from sacred places around the world. For example, the face is made from a tree with a singing spirit voice gifted by the Native Americans and the special wood used for the back was gifted by a tribe in Africa after resolving a century long conflict with another tribe. The instrument, washed and blessed in the Ganges River, was finished on the Winter Solstice.

“The violin of peace shows that it is possible to bring together different components, that everyone says will not work well together and which evolve out of conflict, to create something beyond what we thought was possible,” explains McCollum.

The World Concert includes performances by Brazilian funk band SambaDá, Tsurunokai Taiko Drums, San Jose State University Symphony Orchestra, Emily Tessmer with Orenda Blu, Jeff Oster, Kurt Beckering, Kerry Andras, Sean Duerr, InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, Tahoe FLOW Arts Studio, and performance painting with artist Susie Alexander.

“The World Concert offers attendees an amazing journey around the world through music and dance,” explains Nancy Tieken Lopez, the Founder of Trails and Vistas. “Through our programs, we seek to inspire others to take action and celebrate their creativity and the goodness in humanity.”

More information and tickets, which begin at $23, are available at trailsandvistas.org. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the performances begin at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

IF YOU GO

Purchase tickets in advance - this concert will sell out!

Sand Harbor State Park, 2005 Highway 28, Incline Village, NV 89451

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the performances begin at 6:30 p.m

Tickets: $23 and up, trailsandvistas.org or (800) 747-4697