Syrian Music Preservation Initiative Presents Love and Loss: Traditional Music of Syria at Carnegie Hall on May 19

On May 19, the Syrian Music Preservation Initiative will celebrate its 5th anniversary at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with a presentation of works by Syrian composers, Love and Loss: Classical Music of Syria.

The one-night-only event begins at 8 p.m. featuring SMPI’s Takht al-Nagham (an Arab chamber music ensemble), led by Artistic Director Samer Ali. This group includes instruments traditional to the Takht such as the oud (Arab lute), qanun (Arab zither), and riq (tambourine).

The 5th-anniversary celebration will include works by Mahmood Aijan, Wanees Wartanian, Majdi al-’Aqili, Ramez Khaskiyya, Khalil Haj Hussein, and Ali, and traditional works by other Syrian composers. Joining Ali (violin) on stage are Marissa

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