Thabyay Education Foundation & The Global Voices
AN EVENING OF SONGS & STRINGS for SOCIAL HARMONY
For the fourth consecutive year, Thabyay Educational Foundation and Global Voices have joined together to provide a unique opportunity for 20 young people to express their thoughts and feelings about some of the most pressing issues of social justice in Myanmar today. The results of their creative labors are embodied in the four new songs they have composed, which will be performed at the concert.
Special remarks by Ambassador Scott Marciel of the United States of America
A FUNDRAISING CONCERT to Support the SUMMER SERVICE LEARNING PROGRAM
of Thabyay Education Foundation
Admission to the concert is free! Donations are suggested.
Background -- For the fourth consecutive year, Global Voices and the Thabyay Educational Foundation have joined together to provide a unique opportunity for 20 students to express their thoughts and feelings about some of the most pressing issues of social justice in Myanmar today. The results of their creative labors are embodied in the four new songs they have composed, which will be performed at the Yangon YWCA on March 30.
The goal of the month-long program is to teach collaborative skills and critical thinking, by writing songs that express the groups thoughts and emotions. Each year we examine ideas about social justice, especially as it relates to problems the students see in their own lives. Last year we considered Expanding Circles of the Heart, and the students wrote songs on romantic love, love of family, love of country, and finally, love for humanity.
This year our theme is Reaching Across the Divide; Ethnicity, Religion, Gender, and Age. The twenty students are divided into four groups and each group focuses on one topic. They develop their lyrics by discussing difficult topics, everything from human trafficking to elder abuse, and homelessness. With the use of theater games, visual mapping, song structure and music theory, we complete the composition process and then we sing, sing, sing! The students share their personal understanding and experience of each topic and develop lyrics that express their thoughts and values. Together, they find the rhythms and melodies that illuminate those feelings and finally, perform them for you in collaboration with musicians from Geitameit Music Academy.
Marnie Mosiman has performed with the Dallas Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Aspen Music Festival. In the theatre she has played leading roles at many regional repertory theaters and off Broadway. Her film credits include What Women Want, Hero, Exit to Eden; and in television, Ally McBeal, Frasier, and Star Trek:TNG, Ms. Mosiman sang for 14 years with The Los Angeles Master Chorale She was the creator and the artistic director of their award winning outreach program, Voices Within, on which Global Voices is based. She wrote, directed, and produced for seven seasons for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.
Ya Tha Kler, a Karen, was born and raised in Yangon. He started violin lessons at age 12 with Saw Tamalar Wah. In 2008, with the support of private Austrian patrons he was able to continue his studies in Austria. He studied viola with Firmian Lermer and violin with Ivana Pristasova at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, Innsbruck branch. He also studied Baroque Viola under Claudia Norz at the Tyrolean State Conservatory. Ya Tha Kler returned to Myanmar in 2018 and is now independently giving violin lessons to the young people, passionately training a new generation of violinists in the classical tradition. Ya Tha Kler is among the most compelling young violinists in Myanmar today. Since his return, together with his childhood friends, he formed a group named 'the promise." Their goal is to become a compelling string quartet. Ya Tha Kler and his friends are willing to teach and share the knowledge of music to anyone interested.