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Simon Shaheen Quintet

(2012/2013 Performing Arts)

Wed, Feb 6
8:00 PM

Featuring Masterworks of the Middle East
Arab Traditional and Contemporary Music


“Full of dignified passion… His playing was throaty and sensual.” The New York Times

“A gorgeous tapestry.” Los Angeles Times


Simon Shaheen dazzles his listeners as he deftly leaps from traditional Arabic sounds to jazz and Western classical styles. His soaring technique, melodic ingenuity and unparalleled grace have earned him international acclaim as a virtuoso on the oud and violin. One of the most significant Arab musicians, performers and composers of his generation, Shaheen reflects a legacy of Middle Eastern music in his work, while forging ahead to new frontiers and embracing many different styles in the process. With a quintet of master musicians, he will perform a program of classical Arabic repertoire, including a few of his original compositions.

Available on the World Music series



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