The DeKoven Center is proud to present acclaimed cellist, composer, producer and filmmaker Michael Fitzpatrick in Concert on November 5 at 7:00 in historic St. John’s Chapel.  The concert is entitled “Tuning the Planet,” honoring the long and unprecedented project Fitzpatrick has pursued in close association with the Dalai Lama. This sacred concert promises to be a unique event for the whole city. It will feature Fitzpatrick’s original compositions and musical meditations on music by J.S. Bach, Ravel, Faure, Schubert and Casals.


A reception in the chapel will follow the performance, with opportunity for conversation with Michael and CD signing.  CDs will be available for purchase.  Tickets are $20.00 and may be reserved by calling The DeKoven Center at 262-633-6401 or emailing kclark@dekovencenter.org.  They may also be purchased at the door.  Seating is limited.


Fitzpatrick is the recipient of the Prince Charles Award for Outstanding Musicianship conferred by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.  He has worked musically with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the past 15 years on the TUNING THE PLANET project, a musical and film presentation of immense scope dedicated to peace among nations and between all people. A special part of the project involves chanting by Tibetan monks and monks of Thomas Merton’s Gethsemene Abbey in Kentucky, a presentation never before achieved.


Fitzpatrick has performed as soloist around the world, including at the Hollywood Bowl, the National Cathedral, the United Nations, Lincoln Center, the House of Blues, and the United States Capitol West Lawn.  His affiliation with the DeKoven Center dates back several decades to his study at Northwestern University School of Music, from which he received a Bachelor of Music in 1986, and the Performer’s Certificate in 1994. His previous concert in St. John’s Chapel was in 1994.


From The New York Times: “ Virtuosity – a sense of humor – and an ear for musical dialogue.”

From “The Huffington Post: “Possessed of a chill-axed surfer dude vibe, what Fitzpatrick does with a cello cannot adequately be described as mere music; I can best describe the sounds he pours out of that four-stringed instrument as simple beauty that fills one’s soul with nothing less than pure joy and peace.”


Additional information available at www.michaelfitzpatrick.com.  For further information on the performance email kclark@dekovencenter.org

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