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Press Release for Wednesday, January 6, 2016

OneJax Hosts Yuval Ron Ensemble; Encourages Unity

Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2192

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 and oppression.


UNF, a nationally ranked 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.