KODO: The Heartbeat of Japan comes to Cleveland

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Thursday, March 1, 2007 @7:30 pm.-Japan’s premier drumming group will showcase traditional Japanese dance, music, and vocal arrangements at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Since their debut at the Berlin Festival in 1981, KODO has given over 3,000 widely acclaimed performances in 44 countries, from war-torn Croatia to America’s Carnegie Hall on their ‘One Earth Tour.’  KODO strives to both preserve and re-interpret traditional Japanese performing arts by forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form.

Based on Sado Island – located in the Sea of Japan off the coast of mainland Japan, KODO has been exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko.  In Japanese the word “KODO” conveys two meanings: Firstly, “heartbeat” the primal source of all rhythm. The sound of the great taiko is said to resemble a mother’s heartbeat as felt in the womb, and it is no myth that babies are often lulled asleep by its thunderous vibrations. Secondly, read in a different way, the word can mean “children of the drum,” a reflection of KODO’s desire to play their drums simply, with the heart of a child.

In ancient Japan the taiko was a symbol of the rural community and it is said that the limits of the village were defined not by geography but by the furthest distance at which the taiko could be heard.  It is KODO’s hope with the ‘One Earth Tour’ to bring the sound of the taiko to people around the globe, so that we may all be reminded of our membership in the much larger community:  the world.

During their performances, the KODO performers are clad in sweatbands and loincloths and meticulously beat their drums to create rhythms and patterns.  Drums with names like “Hirado-daiko” (flat-barrel drum), “Chu-daiko” (middle-sized drum) and the giant 800 pound “O-daiko,” (a double headed drum made from the trunk of an African Bubinga tree and the hide of a large cow) all have been chosen and woven into tightly composed and choreographed rhythmic and musical tapestries.

Tickets are $30 for Adults; $20 for Children 12 and under as well as for Senior Citizens 60 and older.  A preshow dinner will also be held at the Alumni Foundation House at 5:45pm.  Dinner tickets are $25.00 each. 

For dinner tickets and performance tickets, contact the Box Office at 662-846-4626.  Box office hours are 9am-12pm; and 1pm-5pm. 



‘In Their Own Words: The History of Delta Black Farmers’ opens at Delta State’s Capps Archives and Museum

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Charles Reid, guest lecturer for the opening of the exhibit “In Their Own Words: The History of Delta Black Farmers,” has his first look at items in the exhibit with Eleanor Green, Special Projects at Delta State University. Reid’s lecture involved his story of growing up on a farm in Sherard. Green was instrumental in developing and organizing this exhibit.

The story of black farmers in the Mississippi Delta is one that began in the early 19th century. The black community is a significant portion of the region’s rural population which has been overlooked in compiling the history of the area, especially as it relates to farming. In partnership with the Mississippi Association of Cooperatives, faculty and students conducted 20 in-depth oral history interviews with black farm families in the Mississippi Delta over a six month period. The interviews, documents and photos, then established this permanent collection. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, March 30.

For more information on this exhibit, please contact Delta State’s Capps Archives and Museum at (662) 846-4780.


Local Artists Showcase their Talents in the BPAC’s Delta Review

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Eddie Amelung and Connie Black of Greenwood

Lane Rodgers of Greenville

The Paisley Brothers: Ike Trotter, Cham Trotter, Rob Hawkins, and Andy Alexander of Greenville

The Delta Review is an in-house production of the Bologna Performing Arts Center, which will be held Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. 

You’ve seen these faces perform around the Delta, now come and enjoy your communities own local artists under one setting.  Why visit New York for a night of cultural enhancement when the Delta Review highlights your very own Delta artists right here in the Mississippi Delta.

This program will feature vocal performances by area Delta artists, or artists with Delta ties, rendered acoustically on the Delta Pine and Land main-stage.  The songs range from light classical (arias from beloved operas/operettas or art songs); Broadway show tunes; jazz, and classic rock-n-roll.  Instrumentals on acoustic guitar and piano will also be conducted. 

These talented individuals will be performing selections from Operatic favorites such as Puccini’s O Mio Babbino Caro to Broadway musical hits such as “Fiddler on the Roof’s” If I Were a Rich Man, and top 40 sounds, such as Dionne Warwick’s Walk on By.  

Show your appreciation for the arts and support for local talent by attending an afternoon of dancing, singing, and music for all ages. This Review highlights Delta artists in a wide-range performance, making this show the first of its kind in the area.

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for senior citizens and children.  Visit us online at or contact the Box Office at 662-846-4626 to purchase tickets or for additional information.  Box Office hours are from 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm Monday through Friday.



Delta State’s Hilpert resting comfortably following knee surgery

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Delta State University President, Dr. John M. Hilpert is resting comfortably this afternoon, following left knee replacement surgery today.

Performed by Dr. Walter Shelton of Mississippi Sports Medicine at River Oaks Hospital in Jackson, Hilpert is expected to be in the hospital for a few days, with additional recovery time at home. With knee replacement surgery, regular physical therapy is necessary to aid in the healing process.

“I thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes, and I look forward to getting home,” Hilpert relayed.

During Hilpert’s absence, Delta State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. John Thornell will be the senior administrator responsible for the university’s day-to-day operations.



Delta State’s Tabb completes economic development training

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Dr. Myrtis Tabb

Deborah Moore

Dr. Myrtis Tabb, Senior Administrator, Special Projects at Delta State University recently completed Session II of the Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) conducted by the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Institute is a three-session program, each one week long, which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

OU/EDI classes focus on the three major core areas Finance, Real Estate and Business Retention & Expansion as well as areas of concentration in Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Managing Economic Development Organizations. Students take 117 hours of instruction selected from nearly 50 possible classes, workshops and discussion groups.

Of the training Tabb remarked, “The training provided through the Economic Development Institute is top caliber. I am fortunate to have participated and feel what I have learned can be applied immediately in my community and economic development work with local communities through Delta State University.”

Tabb and Deborah Moore, Director, Center for Community and Economic Development, were recently notified that they had received a scholarship for further study from the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. Scholarship Committee (MEDC) in Jackson, Miss. Funding for the scholarship program is provided by the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Entergy Corporation, Mississippi Power Company and the Mississippi Development Authority in order to enhance knowledge of the development profession.