A Celebration of Arabic Classical & Folk Music with Lubana Al Quntar and Al Sham Ensemble
FREE and open to the public. Tickets are required and can be reserved at https://lubana.brownpapertickets.com
Sunday, October 21st 6pm
Wayne County Community College WCCCD's Downriver Campus at the Heinz C. Prechter Educational and Performing Arts Center 21000 Northline Rd, Taylor, Michigan
Lubana Al Quntar, Syrian Classical Arabic and Western Opera singer, returns to Michigan with Al Sham Ensemble for "A Celebration of Arabic Classical and Folk Music". The concert is a special presentation that is part of a global music series curated by the college to celebrate the diversity of the surrounding communities.
Lubana Al Quntar is deeply rooted in classical Arabic music. Related to the singer and actress Amal Al Atrash, whose brother was the renowned composer and singer Farid Al Atrash, Lubana studied Western opera and became the first Syrian opera singer to attain international recognition appearing in concerts throughout Europe. She came to the United States in 2012 and has performed nationally, including a concert for Syrian refugee children at the The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Arab Women in Music concert with the NAO National Arab Orchestra of Michigan.
Al Sham Ensemble is a traditional takht sharqi (Middle Eastern chamber ensemble) comprised of artists residing in Chicago and Michigan with backgrounds from Syria, Egypt, Palestine, and Jordan. The ensemble performs a repertoire of Middle Eastern, Egyptian, and Andalusian classical and folk music on a combination of traditional and Western instruments including the oud, qanoun, nay, violin, cello, and percussion. Al Sham Ensemble members: Ronnie Malley, Naeif Rafeh, Hani Al-Dahshan, Mohannad Alzahabi, Emad Roshdy, and Roger Kashou.