City Slang: Michigan Arab Orchestra at Music Hall

Sep 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

Detroit’s Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts announced this week that it is the new home for the Michigan Arab Orchestra. To celebrate, the Music Hall will present the orchestra’s season opening concert on Saturday, September 22 at 8:00 p.m.

“The concert will feature some of the greatest repertoire from across the Arab World. Featuring vocalists: Usama Baalbaki, Ghada Derbass, Nidal Ibourk, and Faisal Wazani along with a selected group of guest artists from the across the country, featuring some of the greatest hits the Arab world has to offer, will provide a concert experience that will appeal to any lover of classical and World Music as well as a cross section of multi-cultural Detroit.

“Founded in 2009, the Michigan Arab Orchestra (MAO) was originally a takht, a small chamber music group comprised of ‘oud (Arab lute), qanun (Arab zither), violin, nay (Arab reed flute), and riqq (Arab tambourine). The ensemble has grown to become an orchestra under the leadership of its Founder and music director, Michael Ibrahim. The MAO Orchestra is comprised of musicians from both Arab and non-Arab backgrounds who are either students or professional musicians.”

To find out more, visit the Michigan Arab Orchestra website.

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