YONKERS, N.Y. -- The Alwan Arab Music Ensemble, featuring a mix of Arab, Middle Eastern, and Western music, is scheduled to perform on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 5 p.m., in Reisinger Concert Hall at Sarah Lawrence College. Tickets are free and the event is open to the public.
Since the organization's launch in 1998, Alwan for the Arts has been promoting the diverse cultures of Middle Eastern culture in the tri-state area. Alwan’s mission is to build a community around the arts that celebrates engagement, participation, and dialogue from every member.
"We are extremely fortunate to be bringing the Alwan Music Ensemble to Sarah Lawrence,” says Matthew H. Ellis, the college's Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs. “For over 15 years, Alwan for the Arts has succeeded in becoming an indispensable creative arts space in New York City, serving to build bridges between various communities and representing an array of Middle Eastern cultures.”
The group's repertoire includes regional folk songs, selections from Egyptian cinema, Arab concert hall pieces and classical Arabic music. Evoking the ambience of Cairo, Baghdad, al-Quds and Aleppo is one of the group's strengths, as well as celebrating New York's large Arab-American artistic and intellectual community.
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