Balkan/Mideast Ensemble Concert

Date published


March 3rd, 2017

Music concert featuring commissioned work for the worldwide Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project and vocal music of Lebanon, Al-Andalus, Bulgaria, and Russia.

Santa Fe- On Friday, March 31, 2017, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) Balkan/Mideast Ensemble, directed by Polly Tapia Ferber, presents a concert featuring “Words in the Wind”, an orchestral composition by SFUAD faculty member Melanie Monsieur, commissioned by the worldwide Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project. The piece debuted in Washington D.C. in 2016 and has traveled with the project internationally, since then. Information about the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project is provided below. In addition, the concert will include a Lebanese song lamenting the longing for home by people displaced by war, a 13th century poetic song of love from Al-Andalus, two songs from Bulgaria, and a song from Russia about the coming of dawn. Vocal direction is by 2017 Grammy Award recipient, Willa Roberts.

The concert begins at 7:30 pm in The O’Shaughnessy Performance Space, located in Benildus Hall on the campus of Santa Fe University of Art and Design, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr., Santa Fe, NM. The concert is free.

Note to editors:

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a project conceived by Beau Beausoleil, a poet and bookseller in San Francisco, California. It was created as a reaction to the 2007 bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street, the bookseller’s street in Baghdad, Iraq, a cultural center that has been in existence for hundreds of years. This stretch of the city was the historical gathering place of the intellectual and literary thinkers of the day. The bombing of Al-Mutanabbi Street and the subsequent Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Project has come to represent the destruction of intellectual life anywhere it is taking place.

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