Event Dates: March 20th, 10am-1pm EST on Zoom


“If nature be the food of music, play on!” — Sravaspeare

Aryaloka is pleased to host another investigation into the workings of music with Sravaniya (Mark Latham), Music Director of the New Hampshire Philharmonic. Sravaniya asks: How do music and nature intersect? What can we learn from this intersection? What can composers’ depictions of nature and inspirations from her, tell us about ourselves; about the world — about Reality itself? About Beauty?

All of the great Western composers have found in nature a deep vein of creative inspiration. By exploring a few mostly symphonic works in which Nature plays an important part, we will unravel a little bit that eternal triangle: the composer/artist’s relationship to Nature; our relationship to the the creative work; and our own responses to Nature and the environment. And how does a composer depict in or through music a thunderstorm; a nightingale; a moonlit night?

As well as hearing and looking at some great music (Beethoven, Debussy, Smetena, Berlioz etc), we will have plenty of time for questions and reflections, and some deep listening.

Sravaniya (Mark Latham) is Music Director of the New Hampshire Philharmonic. Sravaniya was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Order in 2003, having first encountered meditation and the FWBO (later the Triratna Buddhist Community) in the UK in 1978. His name, inspired by an episode in the biography of Milarepa, means “Delightful to listen to” or “Worthy of being heard.” Sravaniya works as a professional orchestral conductor and violinist, and co-facilitates the Boston Triratna group. Read his professional bio here.

If you’d prefer not to book through Eventbrite, or if you’re unable to make a donation, you can email info@aryaloka.org to make other arrangements. This event is by donation, $20-$60 suggested. Please give what you can — Aryaloka is being supported solely by donations during the pandemic. A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before the event.

Image detail from Monet’s ‘An Orchard in Spring’

This workshop is part of our Equinox Arts Weekend: learn more here.

Register for the event here

Led by: Dh Sravaniya
Times: March 20th, 10am-1pm
Venue: Online
Fee: Suggested Donation $20-$60
Level: Open to All
Directions: On Zoom Platform

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