Special Events

Pie Festival and Silent Art Auction Fundraiser
-15th annual Pie Festival/Silent Art Auction fundraiser for SRCA
-Jewelry, Ceramics, Photographs, Paintings, Prints and more

Proceeds provide exciting cultural activities for our area in 2012, including:

-New World Children's Theatre program
-10th Annual Standing Rock International Short Film Festival
-Downtown Innovative Community Events.(D.I.C.E) "Make Mine with Ice" Ice Carving Exhibition and other Events Year Round.
-7th Annual "Who's Your Mama?" Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival. www.whosyourmama.org.
-Summer Chalk Festival
-Monthly Open Poetry with Maj Ragain
-Public Art Projects, Murals, Historical Plays
-Monthly Art Exhibitions and a whole lot more!

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 10am to 8pm

WHERE: North Water Street Gallery, 257 N. Water St., Kent, OH

CONTACT: Jeff @ 330-673-4970 for info, to donate art or pies. Or to order a pie.



Now in its fifteenth year, It’s Pie Time at the gallery! Come on down for a slice, or buy a whole pie. We’ve got apple, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, peach, organic, vegan pies. We’ve got pies of all sorts to please your palette, pies that don’t even have a name yet. There will be other donated baked goods for sale. And we have some fine art by local artists as well. Ceramics, Photos, Paintings, Jewelry, Collage, and more. Bids starting as low as $5.

Proceeds benefit the Art & Education Programs of Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is a non profit 501(c)(3) art and education organization based in downtown Kent, Ohio.

Donations are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

Checks payable to:

257 N. Water St.
Kent, OH 44240

Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries? Happy Holidays.

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is honored to present

Celebration of Halim El-Dabh’s 4,091st Birthday!
-Halim is a professor emeritus at Kent State University
-Halim is one of the premier classical music composers living in the world today.

Sunday, March 4, 2012. 7:00pm
North Water Street Gallery 257 N. Water St., Kent

MORE INFO: 330-673-4970


HALIM’S WEBSITE: www.halimeldabh.com

Bring Instruments, Beverages, And Good Vibrations to help celebrate the achievements of this incredibly Creative Spirit in our community!

Halim continues to astound the world with his everlasting effervescence, avant garde compositions, and amazing vitality.

We are honored and privileged to celebrate his birthday here in Kent, Ohio, once again. All are Welcome!

Bring your Drum and Dancing Shoes!

Feel Free to Bring A Covered Dish


Joe Culley (Tabla) with Brian Thomas. (Standup Bass): 7:30pm

Kent African Drum Community (Drummers): 8:30pm

(b. Halim Abdul Messieh El-Dabh, Cairo, 4 March 1921)

Composer, performer, ethnomusicologist, and educator Halim El-Dabh is internationally regarded as Egypt's foremost living composer of classical music, and one of the major composers of the twentieth century. His numerous musical and dramatic works have been performed throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Among his compositions are eleven operas, four symphonies, numerous ballets, concertos, and orchestral pieces, works for band and chorus, film scores, incidental music for plays, chamber and electronic works, music for jazz and rock band, works for young performers, and pieces for various combinations of African, Asian, and Western instruments. His extensive ethnomusicological researches, conducted on several continents, have led to unique creative syntheses in his works, which, while utilizing contemporary compositional techniques and new systems of notation, are frequently imbued with Near Eastern, African, or ancient Egyptian aesthetics.

Born into a musical family in Cairo, El-Dabh studied piano and derabucca (goblet-shaped ceramic drum), and began composing at an early age. Although trained for a career as an agricultural engineer, his musical talent and immersion in Egypt's cosmopolitan musical life (including village drumming and local festivals, Arabic and European classical music, and the jazz clubs of Alexandria) increasingly led him toward a life in music.

Arriving in the United States in the summer of 1950 (and later acquiring U.S. citizenship), El-Dabh traveled to the Aspen Music Center in Colorado, where he met and assisted Igor Stravinsky. After researching Native American music in New Mexico, he began studies with Aaron Copland and Irving Fine at the Berkshire Music Center in Massachusetts. Later, in New York's vibrant musical scene, he developed close associations with many prominent and like-minded figures in twentieth-century music, including Henry Cowell, John Cage, Alan Hovhaness, Leonard Bernstein, Edgard Varèse, Otto Luening, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Ernst K_enek, and Luigi Dallapiccola. During the 1950s and ‘60s, El-Dabh was grouped with fellow composers Hovhaness, Lou Harrison, Colin McPhee, Paul Bowles, and Peggy Glanville-Hicks, under the rubric “Les Six d’Orient” (the term coined by Glanville-Hicks), representing the vanguard of contemporary composers writing music inspired by musics of the East.

In addition to his compositional activity, El-Dabh has also conducted musical field research and recording throughout Egypt and Ethiopia, as well as in Eritrea, Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaire, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Morocco, Greece, Macedonia, Uzbekistan, Brazil, Mexico, and Jamaica. He has also studied the Native American cultures of the American Southwest and the African American cultures of the southeastern U.S. El-Dabh is also considered an expert on the subject of traditional Egyptian and African puppetry, and has helped to present a number of such puppetry troupes in the United States. While in Ethiopia (1962-64), he formed Orchestra Ethiopia, the first pan-Ethiopian performing group.

In his works, El-Dabh frequently draws on his Egyptian heritage, as in Mekta' in the Art of Kita' (1955), The Eye of Horus (1967), Ptahmose and the Magic Spell (1972), Ramesses the Great (Symphony no. 9) (1987), and many others. He has created new systems of notation for the derabucca, and has revived interest in ancient Egyptian language and musical notation. Many of his works from the 1960s on are also heavily influenced by West African traditional musics, such as Black Epic (1968) and Kyrie for the Bishop of Ghana (1968), and still other works bear the influences of the musics of Ethiopia, Brazil, India, China, Japan, Korea, and other nations.

Also a pioneer in the field of electronic music, El-Dabh began early sonic experiments with wire recorders at the Middle East Radio Station of Cairo in 1944. In 1959 he was invited by Otto Luening and Vladimir Ussachevsky to join the first group of composers at the newly set up Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York, where he created a number of significant works.

El-Dabh's recent works include the ballet score In the Valley of the Nile (1999), composed for the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company; the piano concerto Surrr-Rah (2000), written for pianist Tuyen Tonnu; and Ogún: Let Him, Let Her Have the Iron (2001), for soprano and chamber ensemble. His most recent project, the opera/theater piece Blue Sky Transmission: A Tibetan Book of the Dead, was presented in September 2002 in Cleveland, Ohio and in New York.

El-Dabh has served on the faculty of Kent State University's School of Music since 1969, and has also taught at Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia (1962-64) and Howard University in Washington, D.C. (1966-69) He is one of only eight Kent State University faculty members to hold the title of University Professor, Kent State's highest faculty distinction, and is a recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award (1988). Retiring in 1991, Emeritus Professor El-Dabh continues to teach and compose prolifically, in addition to conducting workshops for children.

El-Dabh holds degrees from Cairo University, the New England Conservatory of Music, and Brandeis University. He has served as a cultural and ethnomusicological consultant to the Smithsonian Institution’s Folklife Program (1974-1981), and his numerous grants and awards include two Guggenheim Fellowships (1959-60 and 1961-62), two Fulbright Fellowships (1950 and 1967), two Rockefeller Fellowships (1961 and 2001), the Cleveland Arts Prize (1990), a Meet-the-Composer grant (1999), and an Ohio Arts Council grant (2000). In May 2001 he received an honorary doctorate from Kent State University. In 2001, the composer celebrated his eightieth birthday with a festival of his music, which included more than 15 concerts and lectures, both in the U.S. and around the world. In March 2002 he was invited to celebrate his eighty-first birthday with a series of four concerts of his music at the recently reconstructed Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in Alexandria, Egypt.

He has performed at The Haymaker Farm Market in Kent in 2009-2011. He also continues to teach African Cultural Expressions in The Pan African Studies Department of Kent State University.

Halim El-Dabh has produced numerous scores, as well as 12 CDs which represent the range of styles of his writing over his lifetime.

More info on Halim and his life can be found at