RiverCenter Presents The Mystical Arts of Tibet

Jan 24, 2018



CONTACT: Carrie Corbett

Director of Marketing




RiverCenter Presents The Mystical Arts of Tibet




Columbus, GA-January 23, 2018 —RiverCenter will host the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India for a five-day residency from February 13-17, including their performance, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, on Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Receiving national acclaim and selling out shows in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the performance features multi-phonic singing, a unique vocal technique for which the monks are particularly renowned, as well as traditional instruments such as the 10-foot long dung-chen horns, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpets. Rich brocade costumes make masked dances, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, exotic and spectacular. The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery also have a distinguished history in modern music, performing with artists such as Kitaro, Paul Simon, Philip Glass, Eddie Brickell, Natalie Merchant, Patti Smith, the Beastie Boys and the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, and their music is featured on the Golden Globe-nominated soundtrack of the Brad Pitt film, Seven Years in Tibet.

“The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour brings the artistry, legendary discipline and the ancient sounds of Tibetan chanting and sacred music,” said RiverCenter Executive Director Norman Easterbrook. “We are especially pleased that the monks will be in residence creating a magnificent sand mandala leading up to their Friday evening performance.” The sand mandala painting is created as a gift of blessing to the community and the creation process can be viewed at no charge. Following the creation of the mandala, the sand painting will be dismantled and will be disbursed in the waters of the Chattahoochee river. “To observe the mandala sand painting, the ceremony that surrounds the painting and the concert is a once in a lifetime experience that is mystifying, uplifting and refreshing,” said Easterbrook.

In addition to the performance, the schedule of events includes an Opening Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13, daily sand painting in the lobby between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. and a Closing Ceremony and procession to the river on Saturday, February 17 at noon. These events are free and open to the public. A full schedule is listed below.

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at RiverCenter’s box office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., by phone at 706-256-3612, and online at 

Mystical Arts of Tibet Schedule of Events

Tuesday, February 13

Physical Address 900 Broadway Columbus, GA 31901

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1:00 p.m. - Opening Ceremony in RiverCenter Lobby, Sand Painting until 6 p.m.

Wednesday, February 14
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Sand Painting in the Lobby

Thursday, February 15
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Sand Painting in the Lobby

Friday, February 16
10 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Sand Painting in the Lobby
7:30 p.m. - Performance in Bill Heard Theater (tickets $39)

Saturday, February 17
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Completion of Sand Mandala 11 a.m. - noon - Display of Completed Mandala noon - Closing Ceremony and Procession

Attached: photos, Mystical Arts of Tibet: Dance of the Skeleton Lords, The Snow Lion Dance, Creation of the Sand Mandala, Closing Mandala Ceremony

RiverCenter Inc. is your independent nonprofit arts organization proudly serving the Chattahoochee Valley. For more information about RiverCenter performances, please contact Carrie Corbett at