On Saturday, November 2, the Soka Gakkai International of Venezuela (SGIV) received three choral groups they had invited to come and continue in their commitment to spread a positive culture in Venezuelan society.
For the second consecutive year, the SGIV, and its choral group "Ensamble Soka," served as hosts in the Cultural and Friendship Center. This activity seeks to encourage a musical atmosphere of choral groups in Venezuela.
This year, the invited choral groups were "Polifonía 4 x 4," "José Fernandez Díaz Cultural Training Center," and the "Simón Díaz Choir." In total, more than 70 choral members shared the stage on a day full of joy.
Each group presented three to four pieces of their repertoire, ending with a joint interpretation of all onstage together, which was led by Professor Katedrine Sánchez, director of the Soka Ensemble host choir.
The choral members of the invited institutions expressed their gratitude for being invited, as well as recognizing SGIV for organizing the event and creating space for the choral groups.
The URI Regional Coordinator, Dr. Enoé Texier, was present as a representative of the URI Latin America & The Caribbean region. She and Luis Dolan, Chair of Interreligious and Intercultural Studies of the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences of the Central University of Venezuela, provided continuity and mutual support between these institutions, both of which work for interreligious and intercultural dialogue.
The general director of the SGIV, Lydia Salas, expressed her maximum joy for the participation of the groups and gave special certificates and gifts for each assistant choir, opening the doors for the return of each institution to future events.
“The voice has the power to transform life from within, strengthen and purify it. That is why music has been an integral part of religion and medicine since the earliest times. In ancient Egypt, music was known as the ‘medicine of the soul.’”
- Daisaku Ikeda, President of the SGI.