Sacred Music Night and the Song and Dance throughout the Parliament
The music of the Parliament took on its own significance for many guests who attended, enhancing the scope of multicultural exhibition through exquisite creative expressions. Through the generosity of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints, the Mormon Tabernacle, an acoustically perfect venue, opened its majestic doors to the Parliament for a night of Sacred Music organized by a committee of talented Salt Lake volunteers. The concert took the audience around the world, from the beats of the Taiwanese Tai-go drummers choreographed with dazzling swordsmen, to the highland hymnals of Ancient Scotland, to the crystal-clear voices of children from the religions of the world.
A first-time Parliament choir spent their Parliament afternoons rehearsing to offer the original Cantata for the Earth at the closing ceremonies. Voices in harmony were a mainstay throughout the plenaries, especially in the anthemic “Peace, Salaam Shalom” in the plenary session on confronting war, hate and violence.
Instruments and dance added to the chorus of voices. A Salt Lake orchestra visited the Parliament for a moving afternoon concert. Programs like “Universal Dances of Peace“ trained participants interested in a traditional Sufi group dance, which would echo throughout the Salt Palace until the doors closed on the last day. A flash mob organized by Sheroes invited women to reclaim ownership of their bodies and embrace sisterhood in motion. And no Parliament is complete without a glittering group of traditional Hindu dancers transforming a plenary stage in an homage of the rich bonds of Eastern-Western connections built at the original Parliament.