Simon Shaheen with Rima Khcheich – Classical Arab Music

Saturday, March 1, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets: $30 General Admission $25 Student/Senior with valid ID
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 7PM Talk on Arab Music by Simon Shaheen

Simon Shaheen performs works from the classical Arab repertoire – traditional and contemporary pieces from the Levant and Egypt. The music is composed in the traditional maqam, a modal form that utilizes microtonal intervals and requires considerable improvisational skill. It is melismatic, often deeply meditational and virtuosic. He is joined by the exquisite Lebanese vocalist Rima Khcheich in a program encompassing music from the ancient courts of Al-Andalus to songs from the 1940s and ‘50s Egypt and Lebanon by such composers as Mohamed Abdel Wahab, the Rahbani Brothers, and Zakariyya Ahmad.

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Simon Shaheen is acknowledged as one of the world’s finest exponents of the Arab ‘ud (short-necked unfretted lute). Born in a small Palestinian village he studied initially with his father Hikmet, a renowned teacher of Arab music. Later Shaheen studied Western music in the U.S. His mastery of both the Eastern and Western violin styles is unparalleled and he is a master of improvisation. He has become an icon in the U.S. and is a major force in the promotion of Arab music. Shaheen has toured as a soloist and with various ensembles throughout the world. He is the founder of the Arabic Music Retreat, an annual event held in New England, which brings together the finest educators, performers, and students of Arab music for intensive study and performance.
simonshaheen.com

Rima Khcheich, from Lebanon is fast becoming one of the most sought after singers of classical Arab songs.  She is acknowledged both for the exquisite beauty of her voice and her profound knowledge of both traditional and modern Arab repertoire. She has performed with Simon Shaheen on many occasions in the U.S. and Lebanon.
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Presented by Robert Browning Associates

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