Symphony Arabica





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Published on Jun 2, 2008

Unusual music project brings Arab and Symphonic music together. Different worlds unite on one stage: professional musicians from Europe and the Middle East, students and teachers from several music academies in Holland, local amateur musicians and children.
During his travels trough the Middle East, Merlijn collected music, people, poems and memories that found a place in the composition. The music is a combination of his own style and the rich living tradition of Arab music.

Musicians from Palestine (the renowned group Sabreen with Wisam Murad), Iraq, Syria, Morocco and Iran are part of this project.
Aditionally, large groups of local amateurs and children are included in the orchestra. They received workshops in contemporary and Arab music and perform all together.

The premier was on 15 May 2008, exact 60 years after the British mandate ended in 1948 Palestine. More than 700.000 Palestinians were forced to flee there homes and are until today living in exile. With this concert, we want to strengthen the connection between people from the West and the Middle East, bring more consciousness about these events known as el Nakba (the catastrophe) and remember 1948 in a dignified and refined way.

See our related projects from
Amman, Jordan
and Bethlehem/Ramallah, Palestine

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