Lebanese Lutenist Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadine Ensemble Pay Tribute to Poet Mahmoud Darwish
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_Presented and sponsored by The Arab-American Educational Foundation in association with Society for the Performing Arts_ _
Lebanese Master Marcel Khalifé will perform the prophetic poems of the Arab World’s most renowned and beloved poet, Mahmoud Darwish, in tribute to the Arab Spring._
The poetry of Mahmoud Darwish, the melodies of Marcel Khalife, resonating across the Arab world from the Middle East to North Africa, resounding above the din of conflict and poverty, singing instead of the shade of grapevines, the bright eyes of loved ones, the heartache of divisions and decline that could be healed, love that could be returned. Marcel Khalifé, Lebanese master of the oud (Arabic lute), evokes this world, honoring the spirit of his late friend and associate Mahmoud Darwish, who passed away in Houston, TX on August 8, 2008. Darwish was a strikingly original Palestinian poet whose poetry has been translated to more than 25 languages worldwide and extensively published in the US.
Khalifé’s new concert program, Fall of the Moon: An Homage to the Poet Mahmoud Darwish, revisits and re-imagines the ties that bound these two powerful advocates of Arab culture, one that weaves the rich complexities of its great history, the diversity of its cultures with the humanity and longing of today and deeply expressed by the dawn of the current monumental Arab spring sweeping the Arab world.
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