Musical Performance: POSTPONED Music of Syria with Lubana Al Quntar (US debut) and Youssef Shamoun

Fri, May 18, 2012 7:30 pm at Unitarian Church of All Souls

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Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are postponing the Music of Syria concert scheduled for this Friday evening until a later date (TBD). We apologize to those who planned on attending; ticket holders will be refunded in full.

This performance will feature:

Lubana Al Quntar - Vocals
Youssef Shamoun - Vocals
George Abdallah - Daf
Yasser Abu Istafe -
Montaser Abu Mallouh - Qanoun
Mohamed A. Alsiadi - 'Oud
Maher Hanna
- Bass guitar
A. P. Joseph
- Daf
Firas Melaa - Riq
Mohamed Nabawi
- Accordion
Majd Shamoun
- Chorus
Other musicians to be announced

Doors open at 7:00 pm, performance at 7:30 pm


$25 General
$20 Member/Student/Senior

Tickets also available at the door.

(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)

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Lubana Al Quntar, renowned singer of Classical Operatic and Arab traditions, performs in the United States for the first time with Youssef Shamoun and ensemble under the direction of Mohamed A. Alsiadi in an evening of traditional music from Syria. The rich musical traditions of Syria have historically centered around Aleppo, where generations have passed down genres such as the "Muwashshahat" and "Qudud Halabiah," revered and beloved throughout the Arab world. This concert will feature the Aleppian Waslah (a suite of instrumental and vocal pieces in Arab music), also known as Al-Waslah Al-Halabiah, which constitutes an essential part of the cultural life of Aleppo's Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities, both in the Arab world and in diaspora.

Since training at conservatories across the globe, Lubana Al Quntar has become a renowned singer of Operatic and Arab musical styles. She is professor of Arabic and Operatic Voice at the High Institute of Music in Damascus, where she founded the first Classical Arab singing group. She has been awarded numerous international prizes and has participated in a number of master classes around the world, most importantly with Riccardo Muti in Malta and Daniel Barenboim in Berlin. Lubana has toured extensively throughout Europe and recently relocated to New York City. This performance marks her United States debut.

Watch Lubana perform Opera and Arab music.

Singer Youssef Shamoun was born in Aleppo, Syria and inspired by the Classical Arab music of Aleppo since his early childhood. He has performed in several Middle Eastern countries and appeared in television programs on popular channels including A.R.T (Arabic Radio Television). In addition, he has performed on several radio channels including Syrian FM and the popular Lebanese station “Radio Strike.” He has performed in many venues and at private parties throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East.

Watch Youssef Shamoun sing with ensemble under the direction of Mohamed Alsiadi at Alwan.

Mohamed A. Alsiadi
is Director of the US-MidEast Program for the Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights; Coordinator of the Arabic Program in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures at Fordham University. Alsiadi is a doctoral candidate in the Program in American Studies at Rutgers Newark. His research interests include Arabic language, literature, culture, Arab-American issues including Arab-American identity post-9/11; the impact of East-West relations on contemporary Arab music and literature; Aleppian Waslah performance in the Diaspora; Arab music composition, theory, and practice; and use of Islam to democratize groups and nations.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2012-05-15 18:36:31

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