from The Orange County Register
Orange County, California December 13.1998
(Originally in English)
peace through music.
Benefit Concert to Feature
Maria Newman's Regal Musical Adaptation of
Supreme Master Ching Hai's poetry
of the legendary composer Alfred Newman, Maria Newman is an effervescent
and talented composer, who has composed an orchestral piece around
lyrics of the internationally recognized poet Supreme Master Ching
Hai entitled "The Prince." When first reading Supreme
Master Ching Hai's work, Newman immediately felt that the strong
imagery created by the description of the poet's surroundings
at the time would be offered beautiful support by orchestral harmonies.
choir frogs around the lotus pond.
And the weeping willows blow elegant kisses.
The aloof pine trees and cool
Faced water quiver
Thatcher, an internationally renowned trombonist and composer,
has played in many hit movie scores such as Jurassic Park, Men
in Black and Toy Story. Thatcher shares Newman's warmth for both
the poem and the poet Supreme Master Ching Hai, whom he describes
as one of the most inspiring artists and humanitarians he has
ever come across. Both Newman and Thatcher were struck by the
poem's sensual and sincere portrayal of love, which carries the
obvious earthly awe of beauty and gentleness so graciously alongside
that of a deeper and more spiritual nature:
the Prince of Grace!
Whose melodious voice's clear as the sound of a mountain spring,
And whose embracing eyes
Are blue as the water of the peaceful Azure Coast.
[Saigon Time], U.S.A. [Viet Economic Daily News], U.S.A.,
published comments from musicians Fred Karlin, Maria Newman
and George Thatcher on the poems of Supreme Master Ching