Meditation, Music and Mahler

May 16th—May 26th

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  • $50 Program Price
  • $75 Patron Price

The kickoff event of the Milwaukee Shambhala Center Contemplative Arts Program. (NOTE: All net proceeds will go to the Milwaukee Shambhala Center Renovation Fund.)

Two talks by Milwaukee Shambhala Center members/professional musicians, (including wine and cheese socials), followed by an outing to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to hear Mahler’s Symphony No.3, in the farewell performance weekend of conductor Edo DeWaart - PLUS, a post-concert social with MSO musicians/meditators.  PLEASE REGISTER EARLY AS TICKETS ARE LIMITED.

Tuesday, May 16 at 7:00pm – Music and the Mind of Meditation, with Alan Anderson. Learn more about Alan.

Alan is a senior student, teacher and meditation instructor in Shambhala. He is also a professional musician and educator.  He is a jazz musician, including years as bass player for Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans. He also earned a teaching certificate and taught music to elementary students in the Milwaukee School system. Alan's talk will focus on mindfulness meditation and its application in playing and teaching music.

Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00pm – From Where I Sit: Life in the Symphony and on the Cushion, with Kirk Ferguson.  Learn more about Kirk.

Kirk is a Milwaukee transplant from Puxsutawney, PA via the Julliard School of Music.  He is currently the Assistant Principal trombonist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.  He has held positions with the Spokane and Honolulu Symphonies, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the River City Brass Band. He has also performed with the Seattle and Pittsburgh symphonies.  In addition, Kirk is the Representative of the Office of Culture and Decorum for the Milwaukee Shambhala Center.

He will discuss how his life in music and how his entering the Shambhala path intersected with it and how they now work together.  He will also discuss Mahler’s Symphony No.3, along with his connection to it and life as a professional musician.

Friday, May 26, 8:00pm – Attend the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 3 at the Performing Arts Center. Program price includes an orchestra seat ticket. (For those unable to attend the concert on Friday, May 26, tickets can be specified for the same concert on Saturday, May 27 or Sunday afternoon, May 28. Please indicate Sat or Sun ticket preference in comments section under personal information on order form.)

Added bonus: Kirk has invited Milwaukee Symphony musicians who are meditators to join us following the performance in a private room at the Rumpus Room, just across the street, where we can socialize together.