MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

A New East-West Polyphony

Condcutor Fawzi Haimor

Conductor Fawzi Haimor; photo by Kelly Newport

The Summer 2015 edition of SYMPHONY (the quarterly magazine published by the League of American Orchestras) was timed to be available for the League’s annual conference (which just took place in Cleveland). The contents have now been published online as well.

This issue of SYMPHONY contains my feature on composers who are drawing on their Arabic, Turkish, and Iranian roots to enrich America’s orchestral life.

Along with the much-in-demand Mohammed Fairouz — who has even been featured on MSNB’s Morning Joe (click here: http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/composer-and-journalist-team-up-for-opera-447080003746) — I discuss the contributions of such composers and/or performers as Fawzi Haimor, Mariam Adam, Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol, Kinan Azmeh, Kareem Roustom, Karim Al-Zand, Malek Jandali, and Reza Vali.

There are many more: this is only the start of a conversation about an exciting phenomenon. You can read my story here (in pdf format):

A New East-West Polyphony-Summer 2015

The entire Summer 2015 issue of SYMPHONY is available here.

Filed under: American music, essay, League of American Orchestras, Mohammed Fairouz, programming, symphonies

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