Kingdom of the Lotus presents 800-year-old music and dance concert to benefit Daily Work
Kingdom of the Lotus traditional Cambodian ensemble will present a benefit concert Saturday, March 17 at 3 p.m. that will support and celebrate the mission of Daily Work, a small, nonprofit organization that moves people out of poverty by helping them find living wage jobs.
The concert will take place at the historic Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill, 105 University Avenue in St. Paul. The concert begins at 3:00 p.m. (doors open for seating at 2:30 p.m.). Light refreshments will be served immediately following the concert.
The concert will feature an hour of Cambodian classical, theater, wedding, folk and popular music, including a choreographed and sumptuously costumed dance. The musicians and dancers include both traditional masters of the genre in addition to their advanced students. The concert is free and open to the public and free will contributions of any amount will be gratefully accepted to support the mission of Daily Work.
Kingdom of the Lotus is a unique, multicultural classical Khmer group based in St Paul, Minnesota that performs 800-year-old music and dance handed down from teacher to student since the days of the Angkor Empire.
This the third year that Kingdom of the Lotus has presented a concert benefiting Daily Work. “Daily Work and Kingdom of the Lotus are kindred spirits in that we both love celebrating the unique and wonderful traditions and contributions of other cultures,” said Julie Hoff, executive director of Daily Work.
“The majority of job seekers at Daily Work are immigrants, so while we help them learn about American culture and workplace expectations, they teach us about their culture and traditions. Music is another wonderful way to experience the beauty and gifts of people from around the world,” Hoff said.
Daily Work provides one-to-one employment and case management services that turn at-risk job seekers into valued employees who earn a living wage and have personal and professional growth opportunities. There is no cost to job seekers to use Daily Work’s services. Due to the individualized assistance with attaining employment, services are highly desired and needed by immigrants who often are still learning and English and how to navigate the unfamiliar culture of the American workplace.
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Julie Hoff, Daily Work executive director