Acclaimed Syrian group to play Francis Scott Key Auditorium

| March 5, 2016

hewar The accomplished and renowned Syrian musical trio Hewar and other Syrian Artists will present a free concert entitled Peace to Syria at 7:00 p.m., April 6, in Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College, 60 College Avenue, in Annapolis. 

Hewar, which means dialogue in Arabic, transcends barriers of musical disparities and misconceptions by drawing from an array of musical traditions, such as Arabic, jazz, opera and classical offerings.  Their music blurs the lines between the improvised and composed and the traditional and contemporary.  

The performers, all natives of Syria, include Mr. Kinan Azmeh, clarinetist, Ms. Dima Orsho, soprano, and Mr. Issam Rafe, playing the bass and oud, a guitar-like instrument.  The program will be narrated by Dr. Enass Khansa, a former diplomat and academic with expertise in intercultural exchanges.    

Since their first concert in Damascus in 2003, the trio has performed throughout Europe, Japan, the Middle East and the United States.  Mr. Azmeh and Ms. Orsho are members of cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

In addition there will be a display of paintings by the Syrian artist Mr. Emad Hemede.  Prior to Hewar’s performance a short film by a Syrian filmmaker will be shown beginning at 6:30 p.m.  

Additional presentations by Hewar are scheduled for April 3 at Frostburg University and April 5 at Salisbury University, all at 7 p.m. 

The program is organized in partnership with World Artists Experiences, a non-profit organization which builds bridges between people and cultures across the continents.  Though the concert is free, Donations are appreciated.  For further information, email [email protected].

Blackwall Hitch

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