A renowned Arabic orchestra will be playing in southeast Michigan for the first time this fall, the announced Monday.
The New York Arabic Orchestra, which has performed all over the country and praised for their work by the New York Times, will perform Oct. 27 at the Dearborn-based museum's annual gala. The event will take place at Orchestra Hall in Detroit.
The NYAO–led by co-founder and artistic director Bassam Saba–is a culturally diverse group of musicians who come together around a common passion: Arabic music. Guest vocalists for the evening, according to the AANM, are classically trained lyric soprano Ghada Ghanem from Lebanon and Naji Youssef, a Lebanese jabali tenor in the style of Wadi’ Assafi.
The orchestra is in the midst of a tour that has taken them to venues throughout Europe and the United States.
The program for the Detroit concert will be announced next month; it will include many traditional melodies by artists who are beloved in the Arab World.
The gala concert takes place Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, located at 3711 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Concert-only tickets are $50-$150 and may be purchased online at www.arabamericanmuseum.org. Patron tickets ($250) and benefactor tickets ($500) may be purchased online at www.arabamericanmuseum.org, or by calling 313-842-4748.