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The Legacy of Mahmoud Darwish: Concert

An evening of music by the Turath Ensemble honoring the Palestinian poet and author Mahmoud Darwish (1941-2008). The program features poetry by Mahmoud Darwish, songs by Marcel Khalife, and the music of Sayyid Darwish.

The Turath Ensemble, directed by Sami Asmar

Culminating the one-day conference honoring “The Legacy of Mahmoud Darwish,” the Turath Ensemble presents a concert of traditional music from the Arab world. The ensemble is directed by accomplished musician Sami Asmar, and brings together numerous Middle Eastern and European instruments such as qanun (plucked zither), ‘ud (plucked lute), riqq (tambourine), nay (reed flute), tablah (hand drum), cello, and bass. As a tribute to the artistic legacy of Darwish, the concert features recitations of his poetry, read by guest Sami Maalouf. The program includes songs by the celebrated Lebanese composer Marcel Khalifé (b. 1950), as well as music popularized by Egyptian vocalist Sayyid Darwish (1892-1923).

The event was held on November 5, 2009.

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