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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 - 7:00 PM to Friday, April 30, 2021 - 7:00 PM




$15 | Free for UChicago Students

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Box Office for the Arts


Concert premieres at 7 pm CDT on Tuesday, March 30 and will be available until 7 pm CDT on Friday, April 30.

Described as meditative and sublime, the Buddhist form of ritual chant known as shomyo is one of the oldest living forms of vocal music. Shomyo no Kai, a chorus of two dozen priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects of Japanese Buddhism, sets ancient shomyo against the backdrop of An'yo-in Temple, one of the oldest standing temples in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward, offering moments of reflection and relaxation in a turbulent year. Before the concert, musicologist Steven G. Nelson, Professor at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, shares the history and practice of Shomyo, and after, the head monks of the Shingon and Tendai Buddhist sects host a live Q&A.

Presented in partnership with Japan Society, and with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Center for East Asian Studies Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education, International House at the University of Chicago, and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.