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Renowned Musicians Mark “Silent Bear” Holtzman and Kahlil Kwami Bell to Headline Peace and Social Justice Concert at LIU Post


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Mark Holtzman (AKA Silent Bear) (left) performs with Pete Seeger, December 2012. Photo by Skyhook EntertainmentBrookville, N.Y. -- Some concerts feature a piece of music. This one will feature music for peace.

LIU Post will host renowned musicians Mark Holtzman and Kahlil Kwami Bell on Tuesday, March 5 at Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall for a Peace and Social Justice Concert. The event will be held from 12:30 and 1:50 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

“This is an opportunity to see and listen to a pair of world-class recording artists who have dedicated their lives to supporting human rights causes through their music,” said Dr. Arthur Lothstein, director of LIU Post’s Institute for Peace and Social Justice. “It’s our hope that those in attendance will not only enjoy the sounds but come away inspired by the message as well.”

Holtzman and Bell have dedicated their lives to peace, social justice and human rights causes. Their blues and jazz album, released by Mapleshade Records, “River Drum Child,”  received wide critical acclaim.

Holtzman, also known as Silent Bear, is a veteran singer/songwriter and performer who has been performing since the late 80s. An active member of the local blues scene in Boulder, CO, he recently performed on stage with music legend Pete Seeger. He will release a new album, “The Green Lion” later this spring that features original lyrics by Dr. Lothstein.

Kahlil Kwame Bell has been called one of the most prolific musicians in the industry today. He has recorded over 80 records and has performed and toured with such artists as, Roberta Flack, Peabo Bryson, James Ingram, Ashford and Simpson, Luther Vandross, Erykah Badu, Common, Bilal and the Artist formerly known as Prince.

For more information about the concert, contact 516-299-2341.

Posted 02/19/2013

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