(1996, 1997, 1999, 2008)
"A true blend of the art of cultures..."
"Extraordinary vision and talent..."
The Blue Jewel is a grand
multi-media musical celebrating the interconnectedness of
life on earth. It is a call for sustainable living and it
attempts to draw our attention to the state of the earth
today. In a musical journey through time, it portrays our
existence and visualizes a shared future for the co-existence
of all life forms on this planet.
The Blue Jewel premiered in Cincinnati
in May 1996 and was performed to packed houses for two years
in a row at the Worldfest celebrations of the University
of Cincinnati. It came back for a repeat performance at
Clermont College, University of Cincinnati.
THE NEWS RECORD May 6, 1996
More than 1500 people from the Cincinnati
community experienced the presentation of The Blue Jewel.
The Blue Jewel, a musical salutation to
Earth, was presented as part of WORLDFEST 1996. More than
150 artists put together the 70 minute long production that
included music and dance and was performed twice on May
3 and once on May 5.
An audience member's comments summed up
the program as "spectacular program, well representing
our reality, our planet and the environment." Another
audience member commented, "The program brought out
the fragility of the Earth very clearly". The original
music score combined elements of several world music styles,
the dances from various cultures and multimedia left the
audience spellbound and wanting for more.
The audience was moved to tears at the
end of of the program when the 150 plus performers formed
a human chain said to symbolize the magic of creation and
the interconnectedness of all of life.
"The Blue Jewel is just the beginning",
remarked Kanniks, the director of the program.
The program was flagged off by an introductory
address by Dr. Mitchel Livingston, Vice President of Student
Affairs. Mayor Roxanne Qualls, the mayor of Cincinnati made
a special appearance at the performance.
"I thought it was a wonderful
multi media production that reflected well the harmonic
diversity of peoples and cultures through music. It demonstrated
the interdependence of people to the blue jewel - the earth.
This was a terrific performance. It showed remarkable creativity
and was a beautiful homage to our home."
- Roxanne Qualls, Cincinnati Mayor
"Wow - what an experience! There
were so many levels for me to enjoy, observe and appreciate;
the emotional energy; the enthusiastic performances, the
wonderful music and the beautiful message itself. Performing
the Blue Jewel was an emotional and at times spiritual experience
for me. I think it is obvious that I was touched by The
Blue Jewel. Judging by the smiles and tears of the audience,
I trust they were touched as well..."
- Julie Dyer, Performer, Co-Conductor
"The whole was breathtaking and
so were the parts. There is no way we can thank you enough
for your gift to the City of Cincinnati."
- Professor Howard Tolley, University of Cincinnati
"The Blue Jewel is a feast of
the art forms of instrumental and choral music, dance and
images from a variety of cultures. It blends these together
to generate a vision of the wholeness of world community
that fosters harmony, celebrates diversity and cherishes
- Mary M. Darner, Member, St. John's Unitarian Universalist