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Artist in Residence Guy Beck Examines Music in World Religions

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 4, 2009) – UCM will host Guy Beck, author of Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound and the editor of Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions, as a scholar-in-residence Sept. 9-10.

Guy Beck
Guy Beck

Presentation Planned

Beck will present a lecture, “Krishna, Caste, and Reincarnation," at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9 in the UCM Alumni Memorial Chapel. He will be featured in a workshop on instruments of India, "Melody/Rhythm in North Indian Music" at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in Hart Recital Hall, followed by a concert performance, “The Sacred Music of India,” at 7:30 p.m., also in Hart Recital Hall.

Online Course to be Offered

In the spring of 2010, Beck will be teaching an online course on Hinduism for the UCM Center for Religious Studies. Beck's performances of classical and devotional music are recorded on Sacred Raga (1999), and Sanjher Pradip (2004). He is one of the first Americans to become proficient in the tradition of North Indian Hindustani vocal music, and the first American to appear in an All-India Music Conference in 1977.

Veteran Music Educator

Performing Hindustani vocal music for more than 25 years, Beck performed in concert at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in 1998, the International Congress of Vedanta in 1994, and at Oxford University in 2001. He also has performed on Radio Nepal and Indian TV Doordarshan.

For More Information

All events are free and open to the public. For more information on the event, contact Marla J. Selvidge, director of the Center for Religious Studies, at 660-543-8674. The event is a cooperative venture between The Center for Religious Studies and the Department of Music.