By Ron Callari
To save African elephants, the illegal poaching for their ivory tusks and encroachment into their habitats must be stopped. But how can this be accomplished when demand for ivory by China and the Far East continues to find this trade so lucrative? One way is to attend this year's Paul Winter Summer Solstice Celebration at St John the Divine in NYC, June 22, 2013.
Always known to change things up, Paul Winter's Consort is adding the "Song of the Elephant" to this year's concert repertoire. It was inspired by and interweaves the powerful vocalizations of the African forest elephants.
It will feature the amazing artistry of tuba master Marcus Rojas accompanied by actual elephant recordings from famed biologist Joyce Poole, who has been recording in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya for 30 years.
This piece will be dedicated to the individuals and organizations working to end the horrendous slaughter of the African elephants that has become epidemic, due to increasingly high prices for ivory, and the growing mania for ivory religious icons and trinkets throughout the world.
A staggering 62 percent vanished from central Africa between 2002 and 2011, according to a study conducted by 60 scientists. It was the largest research project ever followed in the central African forests, where elephants are being poached out of existence. More....