Two Shows with International Ties at Historic Perot Theatre in Texarkana This Month

Zoie Clift
 
Two shows with
international flavor are coming to the Historic Perot Theatre in Texarkana this
month.
 
The critically
acclaimed Celtic Crossroads is there tomorrow (Jan. 13). The show is a fusion
of traditional Irish music, bluegrass, gypsy, jazz and Irish dance percussion.
 
The second is a cultural
experience of traditional African music is set for Jan. 29.


“I am convinced that
we are all moved by the same desires, needs and emotions, regardless of the
language in which those feelings are expressed
.”  Samite 

Ugandan
native, Samite, was taught by his grandfather at a very early age to play the
traditional African flute. His love for music progressed from there and at age
12, a teacher introduced him a Western flute. His vocals and flute playing
mesmerized audiences across Ugnada until 1982 when he fled to Kenya as a
political refugee.  

Before
migrating to the U.S> in 1987, he studied and mastered new instruments
including the kalimba (finger-piano), marimba (wooden xylophone) and Litungu
(seven-stringed Kenyan instrument). After taking up residence in New York, he
performed live on radio stations across the US, conducted workshops for
students in addition to performing in many different venues throughout the
nation before founding Musicians for World Harmony in 2002.  


Samite has performed
with the likes of Pat Methany, Celine Dion, Cassandra Wilson and Pete Seeger.  Accompanying
Samite are percussionist Jeff Haynes and guitarist Charlie Shew. There show is
at 7:30 and tickets are $26, $22, and $16 and group and half-price discounts
are available.

The Perot Theatre is a
beautifully restored 1924 Italian Renaissance structure which is a major
performing arts center with national and international artists and touring
Broadway shows. The theatre first opened in 1924 as the Saenger Theater and is
now on the National Register of Historic Places. The theatre is operated by The
Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council and is located at 219 Main
Street.For more information visit www.perottheatre.org or call 903-792-4992.

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