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Rituals: East/West program with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir features exotic instruments, Tibetan dance and the Fauré Requiem
Sunday, April 29 will mark the world premiere of Tse Go La, the new cantata by Philadelphia-based composer Andrea Clearfield commissioned by Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, a member choir of Commonwealth Youthchoirs. The 30-minute multi-movement work for Mendelssohn Club and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir will be performed by almost 200 singers along with winds, strings, percussion and electronics and will feature Tibetan melodies from Lo Monthang, Nepal. Tse Go La is being presented together
with the Gabriel Fauré Requiem. Both works will feature The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. The concert location is the historic Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square.
Inspired by the traditions of Tibetan chant and dance, this premiere performance of Tse Go La represents the first-ever collaboration between Mendelssohn Club and community organizations such as The Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia and the Tibetan Association of Philadelphia. At the outset of the program, Losang Rinpoche and Tibetan monks living in Philadelphia will perform traditional folk dance movements and will lead the audience in learning a specific Tibetan mantra.