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CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES Arias and Maqams by Lubana Al Quntar

Showcase Performance

CLASSICAL MUSIC SERIES Arias and Maqams by Lubana Al Quntar

Date: Sat, Oct 29, 2016 08:00PM
Price: Tickets start at $40, 10% off for Friends

Attend both the show and the symposium Syria’s Art and Architecture: A Multicultural History and save!

Often used to solely describe Western traditions, the term "classical music" is re-examined within the context of cultural diversity in this special series of performances. Our Classical Music Series presents the sights and sounds of North Indian, Indonesian, Italian, and Syrian musical traditions. Redefine your understanding of classical music through performances that explore melodic scales, historical recordings, and new interpretations of Western repertoire.

Arias and Maqams is a reflection of a distinctive artistic vision shaped by the charm of oriental music of ancient cultures and traditions. Open your ears as Lubana Al Quntar, Syria’s first opera singer, and oud virtuoso/composer Issam Rafea bridge Western classical and Arabic maqam traditions in this showcase performance, rooted in rich poetic lyrics and original compositions.

Lubana Al Quntar — vocals
Born in Damascus, Lubana Al Quntar was the first Arab artist to win a prize at the 1997 International Singing competition in Belgrade, Serbia, as well as the prestigious Queen Elizabeth singing competition in Brussels, Belgium. She has studied at the Royal College of Music in London, the Maastricht Academy of Music in Holland, and the Damascus High Institute of Music in Syria. Throughout her career, Al Quntar has appeared at such venues as the Kennedy Centre, the Cairo Opera House, and the Opera Bastille in Paris.

Issam Rafea — oud and compositions
Rafea is the Chair of the Arabic Music Department at the Damascus High Institute of Music in Syria and has received many awards throughout his career, including the Best Composer Award during the 2010 Dubai International Film Festival. Rafea has also served as the principal conductor of the Syrian National Orchestra. He continues to play oud in Hewar, a contemporary Arab music ensemble that he co-founded.

Learn about more performances in this series:

Enchanting Sitar with Pandit Budhaditya Mukherjee
Saturday, September 24, 7 pm

Singing from the Heart with Warren Senders
Sunday, September 25, 3 pm

Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan
Saturday, December 3, 8 pm

Vesuvius Ensemble
Saturday, December 10, 8 pm


Syria: A Living History

October 15, 2016 to February 26, 2017

Heritage and Conflict: Syria’s Battle to Save Its Past

Sunday, October 16, 2 pm

Syria: A Living History

Tuesday, October 18, 6:30–7:30 pm

Writing at the Aga Khan Museum

Sunday, October 23, 11am–4 pm

Syria's Art and Architecture: A Multicultural History

Saturday, October 29, 9:30 am–4 pm and Sunday, October 30, 10 am–12 pm
Co-organized with Professor Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, MIT

50 Feet from Syria

Sunday, November 6, 2 pm

Modern History: Syria

Thursday, November 10, 1–2 pm

Aleppo: A City and Its Architecture

Sunday, November 13, 2–4 pm

Oh My Sweet Land by Amir Nizar Zuabi

Friday, November 18–Sunday, November 20, 6 pm

Home Within with Kinan Azmeh and Kevork Mourad

Saturday, November 26, 8 pm and Sunday, November 27, 2 pm

Return to Homs

Sunday, December 4, 2 pm

Arabica Coffee House Concert with the Al Qahwa Ensemble

Sunday, December 11, 6 pm


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