Michigan Philharmonic to present Middle Eastern “Fusion Fest”

Posted on: April 28, 2015

The Michigan Philharmonic will perform “Middle Eastern Fusion Fest,” a program featuring music of the Middle East, on May 3 in Canton, Michigan. Music Director Nan Washburn will lead the orchestra in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade and Henry Cowell’s Persian Set (1957), as well as Arabic and Persian music and music from Turkey, Israel, and Egypt. Selections include Sedat Oztoprak’s Zuzdil Samai (Turkey), Gamal Abdel-Rahim’s Bohayrat Al-Lotus (Egypt), Shalom Chaverim (traditional, Israel), and Rabih Abou-Khalil’s Arabian Waltz (Lebanon). After the concert, National Arab Orchestra Music Director Michael Ibrahim will speak about the history and background of Arabic music and demonstrate instruments used in Middle Eastern music. Dearborn Public School students of Middle Eastern descent will also perform on traditional instruments, as part of the school’s Arabic Music and Drumming Ensemble. “Fusion Fest” is part of Canton Culture Week held throughout Canton, Michigan from April 24 to May 3.

Posted April 28, 2015