Benefit Concert for Children & Women of Tibet & The People of Japan
Concert 7:00 pm
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Suggested Minimum Donation $15
Trinity Episcopal Church
1500 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Among the world’s great singers, a rare few become the voice of their nation. After years of international touring with the blessing of the Dalai Lama, Yungchen Lhamo has truly become the voice of Tibet. Yungchen’s name was given to her by a Tibetan lama when she was a baby and translates to “Goddess of Melody and Song.”
Born in a labor camp outside Lhasa in Chinese-occupied Tibet, Yungchen began working in a carpet-weaving factory at the age of five. Tibetan singing was one of many customs banned by the Cultural Revolution, but her grandmother taught Yungchen the devotional singing she has shared with audiences around the world.
At the end of a dangerous 1,000-mile escape across the Himalayas in 1989, Yungchen arrived in India, where she met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. Recognizing the power in Yungchen’s performances, His Holiness encouraged her to go and share with western people the richness of Tibetan culture through the beauty of her voice. “When I left Tibet, I lost everything,” Yungchen recalls. “The one thing I didn’t lose was my voice. And this I carried with me to the West.”
Please come to enjoy and be inspired by a gifted singer whose transcendent songs bring you back to into your own inner peace.
This concert is to raise funds for the people of Japan who have been devastated by the earthquake and tsunami and for needy Tibetan women and children refugees in the US. All funds raised will be divided equally and donated to these two causes. Donations can also be made to Us Foundation (for the people of Japan) or to Yungchen Lhamo Foundation (for Tibetan refugees). Local contact: 805 569 5768
$15 Tickets available at the door or through Arlington Theater Box Office 805 963-4408