An organization calling itself Divas World is presenting Divas Café, a new concert series that celebrates the passion and talent of the singer/songwriter. The series will premiere with Weave: The Art of the Songwriter on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Nouri Gallery.
Featured guests performing throughout the evening include composer Danny Ashkenasi, singer/songwriter Tricia Fox, and flutist Jennifer Keeney. Divas World artists rounding out the evening include Anita Kruse, Ray Younkin, Aaron Kaufman, Rodney Waters, David Laduca, Sonja Bruzauskas, and Kenneth Gayle.
Weave: The Art of the Songwriter will uncover the passionate poetry of the songwriter through an intimate exploration of original and popular songs. In the tradition of the Divas Salon series, this Divas Café performance will also include readings and prose that complement the Weave theme. The evening will feature poet Ava Leavell Haymon, who will facilitate an insightful audience discussion at the conclusion of the concert experience.
“I was inspired by the beauty of Nouri Gallery’s tapestries and Old World statuary, and wanted to explore threads of connection between seemingly unrelated ideas, events, people, and artistic expression,” says Anita Kruse, director of the Divas Café concert series. “The Weave theme was selected as a way to provide that connection between the gallery setting and the artistry of the singer and songwriter.”
This Divas Café concert is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Nouri Gallery is located at 3001 Richmond Avenue, between Buffalo Speedway and Kirby.
Divas World is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to inspiring audiences through intimate and engaging performances that deepen the relationship between intellectual thought and music. In the tradition of the European Salon style of music, performances are interactive, highly creative, and incorporate other art forms such as philosophy, history, and science in order to achieve a more meaningful experience that taps into everyone’s innate artistic passions.
Through the generous support of donors and patrons, many Divas World performances are open to the public, free of charge. For more information, visit www.DivasWorld.org.
Photo: Anita Kruse