History of the World Music Festival

Elmhurst’s annual World Music Festival launched in 2011 at the urging of guest lecturer Srini Krishnan, headmaster of the School of Music in Chennai, India.

The inaugural festival was such a success that it became a regular event on campus, transforming into a series in 2013 with multiple events throughout the academic year.

Each year, the festival highlights the music of a different global region or culture, including India, Spain, Russia, Brazil, Italy, France, Mexico and Ireland.

The festival is part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days, honoring the memory of Daniel Pearl, a journalist and violinist who traveled the world and used music to make friends in many countries. In 2002, he was murdered by extremists while investigating a story in Pakistan. Each October, musicians all over the world dedicate performances to our shared belief that we can all work together to achieve a better world for everyone.

Past Concerts and Performers

  • SAPNA Children’s Choir
  • Ambi Subramaniam, violin
  • Mahesh Krishnamurthy, mridangam
  • Elmhurst College Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Elmhurst Concert Choir
  • Glenbard East Symphony
  • Kontras Quartet
  • Elmhurst College Dancers
  • Elmhurst College Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Maine East High School Symphonic Strings
  • Elmhurst College Guitar Quartet
  • Duo Tandem International Guitar Duo
  • Ani Gogova, piano
  • Samantha May, violin
  • Elmhurst College Brass Quintet
  • Niles West High School Symphony Strings
  • Elmhurst College Concert Choir
  • Elmhurst Philharmonic
  • Edgar Gabriel, fiddler and composer
  • Elmhurst Cello Choir
  • Steve Suvada, guitar
  • Elmhurst College Jazz Band
  • Elmhurst College Guitar Ensemble
  • Kontras String Quartet
  • Elmhurst College Dancers
  • Ian Maksin, cello
  • Jennie Oh Brown, flute
  • Mariachi Real de Jalisco
  • Duo Tandem Guitar Duo
  • Elmhurst College Percussion Ensemble
  • Geraldo de Oliveira, percussion
  • Elmhurst College Guitar Ensemble
  • Susan Dennis, voice
  • Kontras String Quartet
  • Glen Ayre Trio
  • Kathy Bremer, flute
  • Kathy Cowan, voice
  • Liam Teague, steel pan
  • Liz Carroll, fiddle
  • Louise Brodie, fiddle
  • Mullane Healey Godley Irish Dancers
  • Edgar Gabriel, violin
  • Zach May, fiddle
  • Anandan, nagaswaram
  • Anjna Swaminathan, violin
  • Arjun Chandy, Carnatic singer, vocal jazz
  • Divya Pariti, veena
  • Edgar Gabriel, violin/composer
  • Eguie Castrillo, congas
  • Garin Webb, alto saxophone
  • Jeff Queen, snare drum
  • Marion Peraza de Webb, violin
  • Nagaraja Rao Havaldar, voice/veena
  • Nitya Pariti, veena
  • Rajna Swaminathan, mridangam
  • Siddharth Nivas, Carnatic saxophone
  • Srinivas Krishnan, voice
  • Victor Mendoza, vibes

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