Thursday, July 13 7 PM
The Wesley Foundation
Western Michigan University
820 Rankin Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
Suggested donation of $5.
Please join us for an evening of violin and harp chamber music to benefit Orchestra Rouh!
Program to include:
Piazzolla, Histoire du Tango
with Molly Grettenberger, harp
as well as Kurdish traditional music, featuring Ahmad Tofiq and Bashdar Ahmad Sdiq.
Orchestra Rouh is a new education initiative, offered by the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, serving children of refugee families recently resettled in Kalamazoo. Orchestra Rouh offers regular, ongoing music instruction to children of Syrian and other refugee families. Rouh means both “hope” and “spirit” in Arabic, and the program is designed to nurture the emotional wellbeing of children through music instruction, led by teachers who are bilingual in English and Arabic, and including music from Arabic traditions.
Orchestra Rouh participants meet four afternoons per week for violin and cello lessons and group classes at the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo. As they progress, they will be invited to take part in joint musical activities with the students of Suzuki Academy and KSO’s Kalamazoo Kids In Tune afterschool program to forge connections with other children. The program seeks to bring children together through music even in the absence of shared language. Traditional Arabic musical traditions and instruments will be incorporated into instruction alongside western traditions.