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Oud Knights with Amina and Shayma: When Oud Speaks

Traditional oud players from Bahrain, the female duo of Oud Knights with Amina and Shayma has played at music festivals around the world.

Mon., Feb. 23, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Al-Farah Choir: Damascene Jasmine

Based in the Lady of Damascus Church in Syria, more than 100 children of the choir perform Byzantine, Muslim, and Arab songs.

Tue., Feb. 24, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra

Lorin Maazel conducts the Arab and western musicians of the orchestra in its international debut program that includes two new works by their Artistic Director Marcel Khalifé and Beethoven's immortal Fifth Symphony.

Tue., Feb. 24, 2009, 7:30 PM

Opera House

$10.00 - $35.00

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Chabab Al Andalous Rabat Orchestra with Mohammed Bajeddoub and Bahae Ronda

The orchestra from Rabat, Morocco seeks to preserve the traditions and artistic heritage of Andalusian music. The musicians perform traditional songs and chants using Arabic poems and traditional instruments.

Wed., Feb. 25, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Bachir Attar & the Master Musicians of Jajouka

Led by Bachir Attar, Morocco's Master Musicians of Jajouka play music that is "an evocation of sustained ecstasy. It is chaotic, cacophonous, sometimes at war with itself. And it is utterly intoxicating"  (Newsweek).

Wed., Feb. 25, 2009, 8:00 PM

Eisenhower Theater

$18.00 - $35.00

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Amine and Hamza

Award-winning Tunisian brothers, oud player Amine and qanun player Hamza M’Raihi play classical Middle Eastern music, as well as their own compositions.

Thu., Feb. 26, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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K'NAAN

Hailing from war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia, hip hop artist K’NAAN grew up during the Somali civil war. Despite speaking no English, he taught himself hip hop and rap diction. Critics have said K’NAAN has “a sound that fuses Bob Marley, conscious American hip hop, and brilliant protest poetry.”

Fri., Feb. 27, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Nawal: Voice of Comoros

Nawal, the singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known as “The Voice of Comoros,” performs her acoustic roots-based fusion, which is rhythmically compelling and beautifully lyrical.

Sat., Feb. 28, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Tami Meekoo: Remedies for an Injured Iraqi Soul

Sixteen year old Iraqi classical pianist Tami Meekoo began to play the piano at the age of five. His talent has taken him to many venues around the world. His program includes works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Ravel, and others.

Mon., Mar. 2, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Farida and the Iraqi Maqam Ensemble & Malouma

The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble with maqam singer Farida Mohammad Ali performs in a special double-bill event with Mauritanian vocalist Malouma.

Mon., Mar. 2, 2009, 8:00 PM

Eisenhower Theater

$18.00 - $35.00

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Rami Khalifé and Francesco Tristano: Pop Art – Duo Piano

Classically trained Lebanese pianist Rami Khalifé creates compositions and improvisations in a variety of styles and genres ranging from classical to contemporary, jazz, and world music. He performs his non-traditional program, an exciting and dynamic production, with his Juilliard colleague Francesco Tristano.

Tue., Mar. 3, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Bnet Houariyat: Voices of Marrakech

Hailing from the region of Marrakech, Morocco, the five women of Bnet Houariyat perform traditional Berber songs and dances that reflect the multiple facets of Islam and the female condition. Hauntingly beautiful, the harmonies, melodies, and rhythms in the songs transport you to another world. The themes explore the cultural traditions and the reality of these extraordinary women.

Wed., Mar. 4, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Kinan Azmeh and Ensemble

“Engagingly flamboyant” (Los Angeles Times), prize-winning Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh combines solid classical training from the Juilliard school with deep understanding and appreciation of his roots and other cultures. He maneuvers between different genres—from classical and jazz to electronica and Arab music. He performs with his ensemble.

Thu., Mar. 5, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Salma El Assal and Ensemble: From Sudan

One of today’s leading Sudanese vocalists—her voice has been compared to that of Aretha Franklin—Salma El Assal performs with her ensemble contemporary arrangements of traditional Sudanese songs.

Fri., Mar. 6, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Heather Raffo & Amir El Saffar: In Concert: The Sounds of Desire

Award-winning author and actress Heather Raffo teams with accomplished jazz trumpeter and Iraqi santoor player Amir El Saffar for a dramatic evening of spoken word and melodic solos.

Fri., Mar. 6, 2009, 7:30 PM

Family Theater

$18.00

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Aswat: Celebrating The Golden Age of Arab Music

With a traditional, 12- to 15-piece Arab orchestra and special guest vocalists, leading Arab composer and multi-instrumentalist Simon Shaheen directs an evening of classic, unforgettable melodies, soul-stirring voices, and lush orchestral arrangements.

Fri., Mar. 6, 2009, 8:00 PM

Eisenhower Theater

$18.00 - $35.00

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Marcel Khalifé and Al Mayadine Ensemble

One of the most celebrated Arab musicians and composers, oud player Marcel Khalifé and his group pay tribute to the late contemporary Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, who was a great influence on Khalifé's music.

Sat., Mar. 7, 2009, 8:00 PM

Eisenhower Theater

$18.00 - $35.00

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Hoba Hoba Spirit: Hayha Music

Making their U.S. debut, this reggae, rock, and gnawa (a mixture of African, Berber, and Arab religious songs and rhythms) band is based in Casablanca, Morocco. Hoba Hoba Spirit is one of the region’s hottest groups.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance in the Eisenhower Theater

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Fathy Salama and Orchestra: Sultany

Egyptian jazz pianist Fathy Salama's music reflects his tireless efforts to bridge traditional and modern music from the Orient. For his program Sultany, he plays with his orchestra.

Sun., Mar. 8, 2009, 7:30 PM

Terrace Theater

$25.00

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Elmaz Abinader and the Country of Origin Band: Country of Origin

In this one-woman show, three generations of Lebanese-American women tell stories of the challenges of living in two worlds and trying to fit in one without erasing the other. Musical director Tony Khalife leads the Country of Origin Band.

Mon., Mar. 9, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Oriental Music Ensemble

Oriental Music Ensemble of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music-Palestine performs classical and contemporary Arab music for oud, nay, clarinet, qanun, and percussion.

Thu., Mar. 12, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Ahmed Fathi: Contemporary Musical Revelations

Renowned singer and oud player Ahmed Fathi is one of the symbols of Yemeni song.

Fri., Mar. 13, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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RUM – Tareq Al Nasser Musical Group: Eya

This ensemble from Jordan explores Oriental and Western traditions to form a new listening and imaginative experience.

Sat., Mar. 14, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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Djamel Laroussi: 3Marabouts

Djamel Laroussi and his band combine both western and North African rhythms based on traditional desert music from the Sahara. Although the emphasis is Algerian there is a strong understanding of reggae, jazz, hard rock, pop, soul, and funk.

Sun., Mar. 15, 2009, 6:00 PM

Free Millennium Stage Performance

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