Press Release for Wednesday, January 6, 2016
OneJax Hosts Yuval Ron Ensemble; Encourages Unity
Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
Department of Public Relations
The OneJax Institute at
the University of North Florida presents the award-winning Yuval Ron Ensemble,
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Fine Arts Center, Building 45, Lazzara
Performance Hall, Room 2400, on campus.
The concert is part of
OneJax Institute’s “Oneness of Humanity” celebration and will feature Arabic,
Jewish and Christian artists uniting the sacred musical traditions of Judaism,
Sufism and the Christian Armenian Church into a unique mystical, spiritual and
inspiring musical gala. The concert will feature
songs of Sufi origin from Turkey, Jewish prayers from Morocco, and Yemeni,
Israeli and Armenian chants.
Led by world-renowned musician, composer, educator, peace activist and record
producer Ron, the ensemble has enjoyed success internationally and in the
United States. The ensemble was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award
and the Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal from the City of Lincoln, Neb. in
appreciation of its peace and justice efforts worldwide.
Throughout his career Ron has
collaborated with the Sufi leader Pir Zia Inayat Khan, master musician Omar
Faruk Tekbilek, Zen Buddhist priest and visual artist Hirokazu Kosaka,
choreographers Daniel Ezralow and Oguri and with neuroscientists Mark Robert
Waldman and Andrew Newburg.
For Ron, music is the vehicle to bring people
together, emphasize the beauty in each culture and build bridges between people
of various faiths and ethnic backgrounds. “We are trying to create light,” Ron
says of his ensemble. “We are trying to create hope.”
Additionally, Ron composed the
music for the Oscar winning film, “West Bank Story,” and was invited to
perform for the Dalai Lama. His book “Divine Attunement: Music as a Path to
Wisdom” won the Gold Medal for Best Book in the Spirituality Category at
the 2015 Indie Book Awards.
The “Oneness of
Humanity” celebration draws insight and input from religious, cultural and
community leaders focusing on the idea of humanity as one. For more information
about the Yuval Ron Ensemble, contact the OneJax Institute at UNF at (904)
620-1529. This free concert is open to the community; however, tickets are
required for entry and may be obtained online at
As an interfaith
organization, the OneJax Institute at UNF educates, advocates and builds
community to promote respect and understanding that will overcome bias, bigotry
university located on
an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to
enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures
through a well-rounded education.