Resilience and the Arts in Syria
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
TIME: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
PRICE: $25 Members; $30 Non-members
EVENT TYPE: Speaker Reception
Rafif Jouejati, WDNC member and director of The Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria (FREE-Syria), will provide an overview of current events in Syria, including the refugee crisis and what led up to it.
Rafif Jouejati is the English-language spokeswoman for the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC), and she serves as a conduit in the international media for real-time information and analysis on the conflict. Trained in nonviolent organizing tactics, Ms. Jouejati advocates for a free, democratic, and secular Syria.
Embodying this spirit of resilience in the arts, as a creative response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, and its tragic human costs, our event will feature Syrian-born singer — of opera and traditional Arabic song-styles — Lubana Al Quntar.
Lubana studied both opera and classical Arab songs and became the first Syrian opera singer to attain an international reputation. She came to the US in 2012 and has since performed at the Kennedy Center and elsewhere. Before leaving her country, she headed the Department of Opera Singing and then also the Department of Classical Arabic Singing at the Syrian National Conservatory. Listen for her expressive voice in all its luster and richness, especially when performing pieces from the classical Arabic song repertory with its characteristic melancholy flavor.