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Mongolian dancers to perform at OVUHS

BRANDON — Students and teachers from the Inner Mongolia Arts University, a college devoted to the preservation of the unique treasures of this nomadic culture will bring their arts to life in a performance at Otter Valley Union High School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The event is free and open to the public.
The brilliant, colorful costumes, exotic dance, and unusual and unique instrumental and vocal sounds will captivate audience members of all ages.
The program will include Mongolian throat singing (Hoomei), where the vocalist utters two simultaneous voice parts by tightening the larynx, and long tone singing. College students will demonstrate, mixing high and low pitches that imitate natural sounds.
The performance will also feature the horse-head fiddle. The instrument is aptly named for the elaborately carved horse-head on top of the instrument’s neck.  The strings of the fiddle are made with braided horsehair, as are the fibers of the bow. It is said, “the melodious horse-head fiddle music is more expressive and appropriate in depicting and recalling life on the grassland than a painting. The performance of fiddlers in this group, will transport you to the grasslands where you will hear and feel the thunder of galloping horses.”
The music and song will be joined by Mongolian folk dance. These dances closely relate to their nomadic lifestyle of hunting and religious belief in sacrifices and rituals.
Admission to Tuesday’s performance is free. Any contributions will benefit the Maple Scholarship for Arts Education.

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