Friday Music Series: Kareem Roustom

In partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

Lura Johnson, piano 
David Jones, clarinet
Airi Yoshioka, violin 
Winston Yu, violin 
Sarah Lowenstein, viola 
Dorotea Racz, cello 

Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom has been active on the international music scene for over a decade having written commissioned works for the Kronos Quartet, Daniel Barenboim and many others. He has even written arrangements for Shakira and Beyonce, and his work in film has earned him an Emmy nomination. Roustom has been described by The Chicago Tribune as “a gifted and accomplished artist…one of the most prominent active Arab-American composers,” and by BBC Radio 3's classical music host, Tom Service, as “among the most distinctive [composers] to have emerged from the Middle East.”  This program will feature three chamber works that are at once rooted in tradition but very much looking forward. As has been the case with much of Roustom's music since 2011, each of these works focuses on the devastating violence in his native Syria offering a wide range of emotions from anger, to mourning and to hope. The Georgetown University Friday Music Series features acclaimed artists in free concerts at 1:15 p.m. on select Fridays.

McNEIR HALL, NEW NORTH BUILDING
FREE

Related event:

6 p.m. | ARTIST TALK, FILM SCORING 
Co-sponsored with Film & Media Studies
NEW SOUTH FILM SCREENING ROOM | FREE

Emmy-nominated Roustom will also discuss his process and problems of representation using clips from films he’s scored including The Mosque In Morgantown, Budrus, 1913: Seeds of Conflict, May in the Summer, The Iran Job, and Amreeka.

                   

Friday, April 20 at 1:15pm

McNeir Auditorium
37th and O St., N.W., Washington

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Arts, Music, Community, Student Events, Cultural

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Students, Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Public

Departments

Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown College, Performing Arts

Website

http://performingarts.georgetown.edu

Cost

FREE

Presenter

Georgetown University Music Program, in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies

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