Shomyo no Kai - Voices of a Thousand Years

Shomyo no Kai

March 28, 2021 | 3:00PM
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

2 pm pre-concert talk with the artists

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Described as meditative and sublime, the Buddhist form of ritual chant known as shomyo is one of the oldest living forms of vocal music. Shomyo no Kai, a chorus of two dozen priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects of Japanese Buddhism, brings ancient shomyo into the ecumenical space of Rockefeller Chapel for a transcendent performance accompanied by colorful ornamental robes, processions, and the scattering of flower petals.

A reception with the audience and artists will follow the concert in Rockefeller Chapel.

This concert is sponsored in part by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago with support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, with additional support from Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.