"Music and Dance of the Silk Route," a concert in Kingsbury Hall on Friday at 8 p.m., will be the central attraction of a series of free events presented by Eastern Arts of Salt Lake City, April 20-22.
The concert will feature artists from Seattle, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York, Toronto and Salt Lake City. Among them will be Emiko Nakamura, graduate of Novikoff's Academy of Russian Ballet and director of Golestan Dance Company, and a virtuoso in dances of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Persia. Salt Lake's Junghee Lovejoy will perform Asian dance, and Eastern Arts dance director Katherine St. John will be soloist in dances of Persia and Afghanistan.Musicians performing include Afghan instrumental virtuosos Dr. John Baily and Izadullah Mujadedi, and Morteza Varzi, leader of the prominent Oshshaq Ensemble of Los Angeles. Multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Miller, university instructor who spent seven years in the Middle East, directs the ensemble, which also includes Katy Davis, flutes; Larry Ludwig, sitar and other strings, and George Grant, tablas.
On Thursday, a lecture and panel discussion at 7 p.m. in Orson Spencer Hall theater, U. of U., will address the future of Afghanistan in a social and cultural context. Invited panel members include Golam Ali Ayin, former governer of three Afghanistan provinces and cabinet member; John Baily, professor of ethnomusicology at Columbia University, who will show his film "Amir" after the panel; Izadullah Mejeddidi from Herat; poetess Mahera Harouny; and Zainab Farzad, a former actress, dancer and singer, with her husband Soltan Ali, newspaper editor and former theatrical figure, also from Herat.
Workshops on Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. in the HPER Building, U. of U., will be conducted by Katherine St. John, Mahera Harouny and Emiko Nakamura. Many of the participating musicians will also cover Persian, Afghan and Central Asian music and dance.
As a bonus, the International Students at the U. of U. will hold their annual talent event at Kingsbury Hall on Saturday evening. This fifth annual Silk Route program is sponsored in part by the Associated Students of the U. of U., The Utah Arts Council, Salt Lake City Arts Council, U. of U. Middle East Center, and the Utah Endowment for the Humanities.