Thursday, November 2, 2023    
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


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Wilda Marston Theater
3600 Denali St., Anchorage, AK, 99501

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We are afraid to announce that tonight’s program, Music As Diplomacy, has been cancelled as the artists’ flights have been rerouted due to weather conditions in Petersburg. Since this program was offered on a donation basis – please contact us if you made a donation and would like a refund.

Join the Alaska World Affairs Council as we partner with the Anchorage Concert Association in welcoming Lyric & Spirit: An International Celebration of Women’s Voices presenting Music As Diplomacy.

Lyric & Spirit brings together female artists Luisa Lacerda of Brazil, Varijashree Venugopal of India and Lenna Bahule of Mozambique to showcase the rich musical traditions of their homes. They will not only perform for us, but will take time to share their experiences of the way music can ease tensions by strengthening cross-cultural connections and promoting peace.

Featured speakers:

Lenna Bahule is a multi-talented artist—a Singer, Art Educator and Cultural Activist, born in Maputo, Mozambique. She’s deeply involved in researching exchanges with the afro cultures and social movements of her country and other African diasporas.  In Brazil where she lived for 7 years, she funded research about vocal music and the different ways of using the voice and body as a musical instrument and for artistic expression.

Varijashree Venugopal was born to musician parents Sri H.S. Venugopal and Smt. T.V. Rama. She was found to have the rare ability to identify about 50 ragas when she was a 18 month old toddler and about 200 ragas at the age of 4.

Having trained in one of the strongest classical forms of music – Carnatic, Varijashree finds her own space and unique language by interspersing different genres of music and merging into various musical cultures, yet retaining the authencity of her musical roots. These cross cultural experiments have led to her work as a composer and song – writer spread across a variety of platforms such as Playback singing for Films, Tele soaps, Theatre productions, Short films, Albums, etc.

Luísa Lacerda is a Brazilian singer and guitarist, graduated in classical guitar from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and master in musicology from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO). With her melodious voice and refined instrumental performance, she works in the production of her own shows, disseminating innovative work, with emphasis on the dissemination of songs by new composers of the contemporary scene.

  • We’ve adopted a pay what you can structure for this program. Please register below by selecting the level of support you are able to give.
  • Check-in will begin at 6:00pm with seating available on a first-come first-serve basis. The program will begin at 6:30pm.
  • Those with online reservations do not need to present ticket confirmation at the door, we will have all confirmed attendees on a list at check-in.
  • Online registration closes at 6:00 pm on November 1. Tickets will be available at the door unless the program is sold out. Contact info@alaskaworldaffairs.org with any questions.


Online registration is now closed for this event. Please contact rsvp@alaskaworldaffairs.org to inquire about space.