Made possible by a generous grant from the Ravitz Foundation and the Nartel Family Foundation.
Masters Class by Meg Okura
Oct. 17th 4 pm – 5:30 pm
MCC Memorial Auditorium (Room 1130)
Meg Okura Trio
MacArthur Recital Hall, FIM
Oct. 17th 7 pm
(no reservations necessary, but seating is limited)
2019 Concert Artist Lineup
“the queen of chamber jazz”
All About Jazz.
Meg Okura is a violinist and composer who blends East and West in modern jazz. Her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble based in New York was awarded the Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works Grant in 2018 and has been featured at venues from Lincoln Center to Levitt Pavillion in Los Angeles.
Meg blends the musical cultures of East and West, Jewish and Japanese music, for a new and exciting direction in modern jazz expression. The New York Times described her music as “grandiloquent beauty that transitions easily from grooves to big cascades to buoyant swing.”
Okura was nominated for a Grammy as the violinist on the album Second Half by the Emilio Solla y la Inestable de Brooklyn at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Meg’s violin has been featured on movie soundtracks, in three Cirque du Soleil productions and has collaborated and performed with Oscar nominee actor and Columbia recording artist Terrence Howard.
Okura has also appeared on dozens of recordings with artists from David Bowie, Lee Konitz and Diane Reeves to Ziggy Marley. She has toured internationally appearing at Carnegie Hall, The Barbican, Madison Square Garden, Village Vanguard, Blue Note Tokyo, Hollywood Bowl and numerous festivals around the world, and now at the Humanity in Harmony Music Festival-Daniel Pearl world Music Days in Flint, Michigan.
One reviewer said Mustard’s Retreat performs music to, “sooth what ails you.” Once you have experienced them you will certainly agree.
Mustard’s Retreat has been entertaining friends and fans with their soothing harmonies and fun and meaningful songs for decades.
Michael Hough and David Tamulevich are very well known all over Michigan, up and down the East Coast; anywhere they ever played. They are regular favorites in Flint playing at venues like Paddy McGee’s, Hat’s Pub, The Flint Folk Music Festival, The Huckleberry Radio Hour, The Sippin Lizard and so many more.
David came from Connecticut he met Michael Hough when they were both short order cooks at Ann Arbor’s The Brown Jug Restaurant. They learned three songs, and took their act to The Ark: Ann Arbor’s legendary coffee house. That was the start.
In 1975 they started performing with Flint native Libby Glover. They played with Libby for a long time, then when Libby moved they continued on their own. They’ve released 14 albums to date, full of original songs, plus four more albums as part of The Yellow Room Gang, a collective of 8 award winning singer/songwriters from Southeast Michigan. (www.yellowroomgang.com).
When Libby moved back to Michigan in 2014 they began singing together again.
Now approaching their 45th year, they’ve traveled more than a million miles and performed more than 6,000 shows, from pig roasts and pool parties to Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Barns at Wolftrap and the Kennedy’s Center.
And now they join us, all three of them, here, at the 7th Humanity in Harmony Music Festival-Daniel Pearl World Music Days.
We Are the Northern Lights
Jewish rocker, singer and songwriter Sheldon Low will be back for his 7th appearance at the Humanity in Harmony Music Festival. Whether he is performing with his partner and wife, singer and songwriter Hadar, in the New York based indie pop folk duo We Are The Northern Lights, or performing solo all over the world, this amazing entertainer and educator reaches right into your heart as he is performing.
The Dort Honors String Trio
We are pleased to have The Dort Honors String Quartet return for the 6th Humanity in Harmony Concert. This group of talented and dedicated high school students auditions for the opportunity to play in the quartet each year.
The Dort Honors String Quartet, under the direction of Alesia Byrd, is sponsored by the Dort Family Trust.
The late David T. Dort and his mother, Marcia W. Dort, had a dream: to help the very best stringed instrument talent in the school to become the best they can be and to grow in their love of the music. Both were avid musicians and music lovers, and David came back later in his life to take lessons at the Flint School of Performing Arts. David and his wife, Patricia, loved the FIM, and it is fitting that they still sponsor the best of our wonderful young performers today. The 2014/2015 Dort Honors String Quartet includes Mitchell Anderson, violin Gabrielle Lindhurst, violin Anna Anderson, viola Benjamin Rainear, cello
Daniel Pearl Foundation Mission
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of the Wall Street Journal’s South Asia Bureau Chief, journalist/musician Daniel Pearl, to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work. The Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote cross-cultural dialogue and understanding, to counter cultural and religious intolerance, to cultivate responsible and balanced journalism, and to inspire unity and friendship through music.
The Humanity in Harmony Concert is the only Daniel Pearl World Music Day event in Michigan. The goal, like the Pearl Foundation, is to bring people together in mid-Michigan, to play and listen to music, sing, talk and get to know each other. Using string instruments to find a common cord may be a way for us to have more difficult conversations with each other.
2019 Daniel Pearl World Music Days Journalist in Residence Dawn Jones
Humanity in Harmony remembers Daniel Pearl not only for his love of music but also to look at his chosen profession, as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal, one who was murdered while telling a story.
The Flint Jewish Federation is pleased to announce this year’s honoree is ABC 12 news reporter and anchor Dawn Jones.
Born and raised in Flint, Dawn is an Emmy Award winner with more than 25 years of experience in radio and television broadcasting. She anchors the First at Four newscasts on ABC 12 and is the host of Newsmaker, a weekly public affairs show. As a long-time reporter, she knows the importance of getting the truth out, no matter the risk.
After graduating from Flint Central High School, Dawn began her broadcast career in Detroit radio in the late 1980s. Over the years, she has held positions as a talk show host, reporter, news anchor, news director, program director, on-air personality and traffic announcer.
Dawn also served as the communications director for the City of Flint. She was appointed in 2009 by former Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
Dawn talked to local students and addressed area service organizations about the importance of people, journalists, telling the world what is happening. She also judged the journalism scholarship entries submitted by local high school students for the opportunity to earn over $1,000 in scholarships.
Michael J Thorp
Producer / host
The host and producer of the “Humanity in Harmony Concert” once again is Michael J. Thorp, a well-known broadcaster, writer, program planner and host.
A DJ, talk show host, newsman and program director for many years on radio, he created, produced and hosted “The Huckleberry Radio Hour” a live radio variety show that ran from 2007-20011 and won 2 EMMYS. He was a television news anchor for ABC television, and is currently host of, “Michael J. Thorp’s American Civil War Years”, for which he garnered an EMMY nomination in 2012.
He serves as; an Executive Board member and past Vice President of the Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America, a board member, and past president, of the Mott Community College Alumni Association, an instructor for the Michigan Association of School Boards creating and leading seminars and programs; and as an instructor/writer/producer for i-Michigan Productions. Michael is a member of the Davison High School Hall of Fame, and a Distinguished Alumni of both the University of Michigan Flint and Mott Community College.
Michael has published 3 books, the most recent, “Michigan’s Thumb Drive”, a history and tour of Michigan’s Thumb. His other Michigan based books; “The Great, Great Lakes Trivia Test”, and a children’s book, “The Legend of the Abominable Huckleberry.” Another Michigan trivia book is set for release next year. He was a contributor to “American Civil War Years: the Reenactors Telling”, which is a companion book to the PBS series he hosts.
All are available at michaeljthorp.com.
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2018 Concert Artists
2017 Concert Artists
2016 Video Sample
2015 Concert Sample
2014 Humanity In Harmony Concert
We seek out string musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds to perform each year.
Enjoy a sample of the 2014 performances below.
Artists in 2014 were Sheldon Low, The Moxie Strings, Dr. Mike Kassel, Aaron Jonah Lewis, Chris Shafkalis and John Pappas.
View video clips of their performances on this page… Click here.