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Songs of faith

Interfaith organization offers a soulful event

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Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:00 pm

Not often do you see a Buddhist monk, a Muslim cantor, a Native American hoop dancer and a Christian refugee from Africa all on one stage.

But they’ll all appear at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Thursday, Nov. 6, along with nine other engaging acts professing faith through music.

The fourth annual Music for the Soul concert, which begins at 7 p.m., will raise money for Interfaith Community Services, an organization that helps seniors, disabled people and those in financial crisis achieve stability and independence. Last year’s concert brought in about $35,000.

“It’s a fund-raiser, but more than that, it’s a friend-raiser,” said Monnie Applegate, the organization’s development director. “It brings people together in the community in celebration.”

The event began in 2005, the year of the organization’s 20th anniversary.

“The committee decided to celebrate with a concert and bring different faith expressions onstage,” Applegate said. “It was such a popular event that it rapidly grew.”

The second year, the concert moved from the Tucson Jewish Community Center to the Fox Tucson Theatre. Last year, it attracted 900 people. This year, the goal is a full house — 1,146.

This year’s concert will include Goshen Ministries, an African refugee group that dances in colorful costumes and sings in Swahili.

“We have not had anything like that onstage before,” Applegate said.

The group Klez-mer-kaba will sing celebratory Jewish music in the folk tradition known as “klezmer,” accompanied by piano, violin, guitar, drums and a variety of wind instruments.

“Think Fiddler on the Roof,” Applegate said. “That sound is klezmer style.”

The concert also will include handbells, mariachi, music from India, Christian music in Latin and “taize,” a sung prayer.

Tucson city councilman Rodney Glassman will start the concert’s final act, a song about dreaming of a better world, and the rest of the cast will walk onto the stage and join him.

“There’s nothing like this concert in Tucson,” Applegate said. “We invite everyone to come and celebrate and enjoy some music for the soul.”


What: Music for the Soul concert

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6

Where: Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.

Cost: $20 for general admission, $50 for orchestra seating, $60 for a loge (seats two)

Phone: 297-2738, ext. 209


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