Red Baraat is coming to Lehigh ~ ! ~ ! ~ !


(press release from Zoellner Arts Center) enhanced by internet resources for readers who like to click!

From Brooklyn, Red Baraat have been called ‘The best party band in years’ (NPR) and blend high energy North Indian Bhangra with New Orleans brass, DC go-go rhythms and R&B.  Simply put, there is nothing like Red Baraat- whose incredible high energy shows — and ethos of pluralism and the proliferation of joy — have brought them to stages as diverse as Bonnaroo, Central Park, and The White House. The group has played at the personal request of leaders of the free world, business, and sport – including performing at the flagship TED Conference, at the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Trafalgar Square, and on Google’s Mountain View Campus, while maintaining a non-stop club and theatre worldwide tour. The Fall 2014 Red Baraat tour indicates the wide array of audiences they will be reaching in venues ranging from clubs to universities to world-renowned music festivals.

Zoellner Arts Center recognizes corporate performance sponsor: EXPOSED and media sponsor WRTI.

Let’s let the band’s music play:

Tickets are $22; go to or 610-758-2787, ext. 0.  Psssssst. Hey!~ (Lehigh student reading this) go to the box office directly. Trust me on this. It will be so worth your effort. Hours are Tues.12-6pm, Wed.- Fri. 12-5pm

The group will have its debut performance at Zoellner Arts Center amidst a heavy tour schedule of festivals and club dates. Red Baraat Tour Dates:
8/30 Louisville, KY – World Music Festival (headline)
9/6 Arlington, VA – Rosslyn Jazz Festival
9/7 Richmond, VA – Modlin Center for the Arts
9/13 Millersville, PA – Millersville University
9/18 Minneapolis, MN – The Dakota
9/19 & 20 Monterey, CA – Monterey Jazz Festival
10/3 Northridge, CA – Valley Performing Arts Center (w/ Angelique Kidjo)
10/4 San Francisco, CA – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10/12 Washington, DC – The Hamilton
10/16 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
10/17 Bethlehem, PA – Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University
10/18 Princeton, NJ – Berlind Theatre, Princeton University
10/25 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
10/31 New Orleans, LA – Voodoo Fest
11/1 Austin, TX – TBA

On June 21, 2014 Red Baraat was at the center of the biggest musical event of New York City’s summer season. The pioneering Brooklyn band was commissioned by NPR to produce a new composition – the sheet music for which was posted on NPR and other high traffic websites – with the direction to readers and amateur players to learn the music and be a part of the premiere of the performance on the steps of the Brooklyn Public Library. The incredible results of this experiment, (first attempted two years ago by NPR with a new work and performance by the legendary Phillip Glass) can be seen in a short film on NPR.

Check out the gallery to help sway your interest..

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Not only will this be an awesome show – you can even learn a few Bhangra moves before the show!

At 7pm there is a pre-show Lobby Show titled “Bhangra Basics with Tahya“: Try a few easy moves to loosen up and get in the spirit for the dance-friendly, high-energy, funky music of Red Baraat, facilitated by the Lehigh Valley’s leading ethnic dance authority, Tahya!

Tickets for the October 17 performance at 8:00pm are $22 and General Admission.  For tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS), visit Zoellner Ticket Services Tues.12-6pm, Wed.- Fri. 12-5pm, or Sat. 11am-1pm, and 90 minutes before curtain ticketed events or order online  Senior, student, group and LVAIC discounts are available.

Pssst. Lehigh students. Remember that hint we wrote about? Go to the box office this week in person.

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Day 10 of National #ArtsandHumanities Month

It’s been a pretty active arts month on Lehigh’s Campus. In just 10 days, we’ve seen theatrical productions, concerts, lectures, speakers, exhibits, dancing, circus arts, singing, writing, photography, video….

The truth is – it’s like that here EVERY DAY! Ok, the circus arts were a special guest artist presented at Zoellner last weekend. But still… Circus arts on campus! Arts@Lehigh is a program that finds information about the arts, creativity and aesthetic wonderings on campus and in the community geographically nearby. We present a weekly newsletter that helps readers plan their weekend and weekly activities. You can see the latest version of the newsletter <HERE>.

If you’d like to subscribe, please email with the subject: SUBSCRIBE TO ARTS@LEHIGH NEWSLETTER. That way you’ll get all the information we know about what’s happening in the arts and culture on campus between Wednesday and the Tuesday of the following week.

How do we know about all the arts and culture on campus and our local community? First; it’s our mission to find what’s going on and share it as widely as possible. We use listening tools, and follow faculty, departments, university programs, venues, and student initiatives. We “scan the internets” as it is. There’s no secret to the work. It takes lots of time and attention. And we love doing it – because there is nothing cooler than seeing art impact the lives of people who engage with it. Art is truly a way of learning and living on campus. It’s not just for arts majors. It’s for everyone: students, staff, faculty, administrators, school aged children, citizens, visitors….

Koji_T-shirt_artwork_003_400x400Just as we share the content we find, today we will share our tools. Here’s one – if you’re on Twitter, you may know that you can create lists to be able to filter information on that channel as well as hashtags for content. The Arts@Lehigh twitter handle has a list of arts related groups to help us scan. The groups are either departments, programs, student clubs, or even venues that sometimes present art. It’s comprehensive; but there may be a handle we haven’t found yet. You can subscribe to the list, if you wish.

We welcome anyone interested in seeing the curated list of arts related profiles at Lehigh University – <CLICK HERE>

Or, print this:

Arts at Lehigh Twitter



The Idan Raichel Project – Don’t miss this one


“In 2003, an unusual song began airing on Israeli’s popular radio stations. With its haunting chorus in the Ethiopian language of Amharic and an exotic, global fusion sound “Bo’ee” became an instant crossover hit that catapulted The Idan Raichel Project to the top of Israel pop charts and turned a young dreadlocked keyboardist and producer into a household name in his native land.

Soon, The Idan Raichel Project would become known around the world for its ambitious cross-cultural collaborations that changed the face of Israeli popular music and offered “a fascinating window into the young, tolerant, multi-ethnic Israel taking shape away from the headlines” (Boston Globe).

The Idan Raichel Project with its acclaimed live concert experience is making a stop at LEHIGH UNIVERSITY near the of its sixteen-city tour. The tour is the group’s first since the international release of their latest album Quarter to Six (Cumbancha) in June, which has continued their ten-year streak of top-selling and critically acclaimed recordings. The Idan Raichel Project have become global ambassadors representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs. This tour has been listed as part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days events.

Billboard Magazine called The Idan Raichel Project “One of the most fascinating titles to emerge in world music this year…a multi-ethnic tour de force.”

The New York Times selected the album as one of the top world music releases of the year, and media from Peru to Portugal was unanimous in their praise.  The album also received a nomination as one of the best world music albums of the year by the BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music.

1377514_10151644539391433_215217434_nIn the past four years, Raichel has co-written numerous songs and toured with GRAMMY winner India.Arie, performed at the Nobel Peace Prize awards ceremony in Oslo, Norway, co-written a song calling for racial harmony with Israeli President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shimon Peres, performed for President Obama and family at the Kennedy Center on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, performed at the ceremony inaugurating the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington DC, sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and other major venues worldwide, toured India, South America and Africa and released the highly praised Tel Aviv Session album with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré. This year, Raichel joined pop star Alicia Keys on stage as a special guest during her July concert in Tel Aviv.

What could one possibly learn from a man this open to peace and cultural dialogue? His success is not just marked in popularity, or in record sales. We have been challenged by campus climate issues for a while now. Might this be a way to see how an artist who lives, breaths political struggle, yet brings hope to others through music? Students and the community may not realize what an amazing artist and soul within our midst. But we hope that given the opportunity, some just might take a chance and find themselves in the midst of a life-transforming experience.

The Idan Raichel Project’s latest album, Quarter To Six,debuted at number 1 on the iTunes World Music Chart and has been touted as one of the best albums of the year.


The album features guest appearances by Portuguese fado star Ana Moura, Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad, German counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, Colombia’s Marta Gómez, Vieux Farka Touré (who had recently performed at Zoellner on October 13th) and a selection of some of Israel’s top up-and-coming singers and musicians.

OK – don’t just take our word for it – here is a review of the Miami Concert, posted 10/18/2013 on the Huffington Post. If a review of last Friday’s concert doesn’t inspire you – maybe a video will. Enjoy:

Government Shutdown & National Arts & Humanities Month

Day two of the federal government shutdown has some citizens feeling the immediate sting of furloughs, or eliminated services. Others won’t be directly impacted until they start realizing that access to services or national treasures is halted.

Until the federal government is back to normal operations, national parks, national monuments, the entire Smithsonian institute; all the museums and even the Panda Cam at the National Zoo, are all off line.

Screen shot of Smithsonian Portrait Gallery website

Screen shot of Smithsonian Portrait Gallery website

What is a bit disappointing, is that October is National Arts & Humanities month. While we celebrate the arts every day in our work at Lehigh University, October is the month to commemorate the arts in a much bigger way. Even though the staff for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities are on furlough until elected leaders figure things out, we can localize our understanding of what this month means.

According to the Pennsylvania Arts Education Network,

National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. It is designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts and humanities.

It was established in 1993 and is celebrated every October in the United States. It was initiated to encourage Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of participation in the arts and humanities. It has become the nation’s largest collective annual celebration of the arts.

National Arts and Humanities Month’s four goals are:

  • To create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media,
  • To encourage the participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other organizations nationwide,
  • To provide an opportunity for federal, state and local business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities,
  • To establish a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities.

In an effort to celebrate the artistic and cultural heritage of our nation, we encourage all readers to share their appreciation for our shared treasures. On campus, in the city of Bethlehem, in the State of Pennsylvania, and even in communities around the country – there is evidence of great pride in the various expressions of who we are as people. Take a moment to wonder at the human spirit of creativity and expression. And if you are so moved to appreciate the work of artists in all genres and thinkers in all industries, be creative in your own celebration.

Ah, Lovely October

Ah, lovely October. The trees become works of art in their changing colors. We embrace ourselves with warm sweaters, hot cider and donuts. Some of us had a great time at the Octoberfest at Steelstacks last two weeks.


Harvestfest happened in the Historic district last Saturday, and another Fall Festival will take place this Saturday in the Four Blocks International (see map here) If you’re interested in volunteering for a few hours this Saturday, please call Mark Atkinson of Bethlehem Parks and Rec at 610-997-7971.



As we near the end of the Hispanic Heritage month (ends Oct 15th), the Spanish Club hosts the closing ceremony: “Latinopalooza” on October 14th at 7pm in Lamberton Hall. Denise Frohman,  spoken word artist will perform as part of the entire event. Check her out on this video:

Continuing the overlapping celebrations of German Harvest traditions, the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates German culture with a program dedicated to masterworks of German composers.

Here’s a quick video from conductor, Eugene Albulescu to tell you more about the music:

Lehigh University has special musical ensembles that offer opportunities for students of all academic disciplines, not just music majors. Orchestra, Jazz ensembles and Choral Arts also welcomes members of Lehigh’s staff and faculty, and local citizens to make music together. The rehearsals and performances are truly community bonding experiences.

Share old and new traditions in a cornucopia of cultural heritage this week.