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Atlanta Young Singers Present Program Inspired By Indigenous Tibetan Music

This weekend, the Atlanta Young Singers are presenting a program that explores music from around the world. Composer Dr. Andrea Clearfield's music is inspired by the indigenous music of the people living in Nepal.
This weekend, the Atlanta Young Singers are presenting a program that explores music from around the world. Composer Dr. Andrea Clearfield's music is inspired by the indigenous music of the people living in Nepal.
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The Atlanta Young Singers are presenting a program called “Thresholds,” which explores music from around the world. It includes music from South African composers, as well as a cantata by composer Dr. Andrea Clearfield.

Clearfield’s music is inspired by the indigenous music of the people living in Nepal.

The composer spoke with “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes about the power music has to transcend boundaries and connect people around the world. She wrote the movements that make up her work “Tse Go La (At the Threshold of this Life)” following a trip to remote Himalayan region of Lo Monthang, Nepal, to study indigenous Tibetan music.

“The thing that originally drew me to this was the simplicity of the melody,” says Atlanta Young Singers music director Paige Mathis. “It was something new. It wasn’t indigenous music trying to be ‘authentic’ in a very stilted way, it seemed very organic. I was hooked immediately.”

The Atlanta Young Singers present two programs comprising “Thresholds” on March 24 at 3 p.m. and March 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Church at Ponce and Highland.