Millennium Stage presents: Ensembles of Afghanistan National Institute of Music

Thu., Feb. 7, 2013, 6:00 PM
Concert Hall
Running Time: 1 hour
Tickets On Sale:

The Kennedy Center, in cooperation with the 
Ministry of Education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
present a FREE Millennium Stage Performance

Ensembles of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music
Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 at 6 p.m., Concert Hall

The Afghanistan National Institute of Music was founded in 2010 by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast. The tour to the United States of students from the Institute is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the World Bank, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Asian Cultural Council. Ensembles and artists performing include the Afghan Youth Orchestra, Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble, Sitar and Sarod Ensemble, conductor and arranger William Harvey, violinist Mikhail Simonyan, and members of the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra. The program features selections of traditional Afghan and Indian music as well as William Harvey's The Four Seasons of Afghanistan, a recasting of Vivaldi's masterwork in a thoroughly Afghan context.

The concert will be simulcast online, but not in the Grand Foyer.

Performance Timing: 1 hour

This is a FREE event and tickets are required. General Admission tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in the Hall of Nations, beginning at 5 p.m.

--Awal Mir/Salim Sarmast:  Da zemong Ziba Watan
Afghan Folk Song:  O Badim Chashman
Indian Traditional:  Raga
Afghan Traditional/William Harvey:  Lariya for Violin, Rubab, and Chamber Orchestra
--Vivaldi/William Harvey:  The Four Seasons of Afghanistan
--Afghan Traditional/Salim Sarmast:  Shakoko jan

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