Lower School students were in awe of the heart-pounding musical prowess of Drum Tao’s Drum Heart at Zoellner Arts Center on Monday, February 12. Seventeen Japanese performers from Taketa City, Oita, utilized Japanese drums, percussion sticks of all sizes, dancing, and several other musical instruments and props to produce their own unique style and whole body entertainment. One MA student exclaimed, “When they were drumming, my mouth dropped.”
Drum Tao’s Drum Heart tour includes over 24 countries, 500 cities with 7 million spectators. Although the school performance only showed a glimpse of the two-hour regular show, Drum Heart is based on a story of a young boy, one of few survivors, trying to rebuild his village after a volcanic eruption. A neighboring village attempts to take this vulnerable land by attacking. A nature deity convinces everyone to work together to rebuild their lives by exchanging weapons for drumsticks so they can play music together in harmony.
As we continue to build students’ cultural competencies at Moravian, we are simultaneously preparing them to positively engage in an increasingly rich and diverse world. Inspired by the performance one fourth grader stated,“I think this was about culture and religion.” The arts make our hearts sing and dance with joy and appreciation.