Contact: Allison Goodin, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790




Allentown, PA (March 12, 2008) - LIBANA, an internationally-touring women's world music ensemble, will perform a concert in Cedar Crest College's Alumnae Hall Auditorium on Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 8:00 p.m.  Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students.  The performance is co-sponsored by Cedar Crest College's Cultural Programs Committee, the Department of Performing Arts, and the Pennsylvania Partnership in Arts program through the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.


Hailing from Boston, Libana's performances celebrate international music and dance from a uniquely women's perspective, and they open windows into diverse, rarely heard, women's musical expressions from around the world. Their music ranges from Gujarati melodies to the rooted pulses of Latin America, from the haunting sounds of Slav music from Hungary to a ritual dance with percussion from Egypt - all woven into a collage of shifting colors and rhythms.

Libana's music has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered, throughout Canada on the Canadian Broadcasting Co., and is available nationwide, in Australia, Germany, the British Isles and in many other countries around the world. Their latest release, Out of This World (2003), includes lyrical renderings of love, lamentation, vision and celebration with the exuberance and grace for which Libana is internationally renowned. Their previous releases, Fire Within (Ladyslipper, 1990) and A Circle is Cast (Spinning Records, 1986), are among the best selling recordings of Ladyslipper, the largest women's music distributor in the United States. 

Founded in 1979 by director Susan Robbins, Libana is a six woman ensemble that has toured extensively throughout North America and Canada, and in 1996, made their European debut at the Varna International Folk Festival in Bulgaria.  Other recent festival appearances include the Britt Festival in Medford, Oregon, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Coup de Coeur Francophone Festival in Montreal, and Clearwater's Hudson River Revival in New York.

For more information and for tickets, please contact the Cedar Crest College Box Office at 610-606-4608.

Media inquiries can be directed to the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



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