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Loyola University college of Music presents the Tibetan Nuns of Kathmandu on Nov. 14

Loyola press release - November 5, 1999

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Music presents the Tibetan Nuns of Kathmandu. The concert is set for Sunday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall located in the Music/Communications Complex at the corner of Calhoun Street and St. Charles Avenue.

The North American tour of the nuns of Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery marks the first time that a troupe of Tibetan nuns have traveled in the West to stage performances of sacred music, dance, and theater, and to introduce audiences to the central role women have played in the spiritual life of Tibet.

The spirit of Tibet, the "land of snows," comes vividly to life as the eleven nuns perform colorful masked dances and vibrant harmonic chants. In counterpoint to these ancient rituals, the nuns illustrate the innovative nature of their tour with a demonstration of formalized philosophical debate and religious practice that was previously unavailable to women through the world premier of an original sacred dance dramatizing the Life of Milarepa, the most famous spiritual biography in Tibet. The nuns' performances represent a breakthrough of Tibetan women to an unprecedented status in the spiritual life of Tibetan culture.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $5 for students. Tickets and additional information are available through Loyola's ticket box office at 865-3492. For more information, contact Reid Wick at (504) 865-2074, or via e-mail at wick@loyno.edu.