Special Events

Standing Rock Cultural Arts with the support of Totally Cooked Catering and Label Peeler's Wine and Homebrew Supply invite you to:

The 7th Annual "Go with the Flow" Watershed Awareness Local Brew and Wine Tasting
-Fundraiser for The “Who’s Your Mama?” Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival

Saturday, March 22rd , 7-10pm

257 N. Water Street Gallery

WHY: To promote Watershed Awareness and Raise Funds for our upcoming "Who's Your Mama?" Earth Day and Environmental Film Festival.

Attention Beer Lovers! Water Lovers!  Come out and Celebrate our Healthy Watershed here in Portage County because it takes Good Water to make Good Beer!

RESERVATIONS: Call 330-673-4970

-Local Food. Organic Pies.
-Short Environmental Films,
-Live Music (TBA)
-Silent Art Auction
-and Ten Tastes of Local Brew.

$20 and up suggested donation.

An Entry Form for Home Brewers is available emailing or calling 330-678-6400

Standing Rock Cultural Arts is honored to present

Celebration of Halim El-Dabh’s 4,093rd Birthday!
-Halim is a professor emeritus at Kent State University
-Halim is one of the premier classical music composers living in the world today.

Tuesday, March 4, 20147-9:30pm
-Coincides with Mardi Gras celebration

Stone Tavern, 110 E. Main St. Downtown Kent, OH

MORE INFO:   330-673-4970   or



Bring Instruments, Food, 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


Kent African Drum Community (Drummers)

(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.  An early introduction to contemporary music came in 1932, when the young El-Dabh was able to meet the composers Béla Bartók and Paul Hindemith at an international music conference organized by King Fuad in Cairo.    El-Dabh chose to apply to study music in the United States, and was one of only seven Egyptians (out of 500 applicants) to receive a Fulbright grant in that year.

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.

Having also achieved renown for his virtuoso derabucca playing, in 1958 El-Dabh played the solo part in the premiere of his Fantasia-Tahmeel (for derabucca and strings), with the American Symphony Orchestra under Leopold Stokowski.  Also in 1958, he began working closely with the great American choreographer Martha Graham, composing the epic opera-ballet Clytemnestra (1958), which is considered Graham’s masterpiece; he eventually composed three more ballet scores for her.  El-Dabh’s orchestral/choral score for the light show at the pyramids of Giza has been played there each evening since 1961, and is probably his most frequently heard work.  His Opera Flies (1971) is the only opera to have been composed on the theme of the Kent State tragedy of May 1970.

Halim continues to compose and astound audiences in 2014.  Come join us to celebrate the creative spirit of this young man who has given so much to our community, the region, the country, and the world.

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


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