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Performance For Children

Friday, November 2
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Children's Cancer Center, Beirut

As part of BeÓr - 2018 Performance Residencies, Imagine Workshop & Concert Series IWCS presents a performance for The Children's Cancer Center in Lebanon by Rachel Naomi Kudo, Seba Ali and LAU Students

About Rachel Naomi Kudo
A winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award, Rachel Kudo gave her first performances with orchestra at age 16 in Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She has since performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic in Poland and the RTE National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland, among others. She has appeared in recital at Chopin’s birthplace in Poland, Salle Cortot in Paris, Musikverein in Vienna, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Aspen Music Festival, Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, and Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall in New York. Born in Washington, D.C., to Japanese-Korean parents, Ms. Kudo began studying piano at age 4 with Emilio del Rosario and continued at The Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music. Her past teachers include Richard Goode, Yoheved Kaplinsky, and Gilbert Kalish, and she currently studies with Leon Fleisher. She enjoys yoga, cooking, and traveling.

About Seba Ali
Seba Ali holds a Bachelor of Music from Cairo Conservatory, a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn Conservatory, a Master’s of Music in piano performance and a doctorate of musical arts from Stony Brook University. Her principal teachers are Vselod Demidov, Amal El-Shahed, Nibal Mounib, Roberta Rust, Christina Dahl. Other important mentors include Jon Robertson, Douglass Weeks and Gilbert Kalish.In high demand as an educator, Seba has served as piano and chamber music faculty at the Stony Brook University undergraduate music department and pre-college division, Cairo Conservatory, and Long Island Conservatory, has given Masterclasses across the Middle East and the United States, and currently teaching as an adjunct professor of music at the Lebanese American University. Having a strong passion for teaching, Dr. Ali maintains a piano studio for fourteen years where her international student roster has gone on to win competitions and scholarships for postgraduate studies in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Her passion for education drew her to do an extensive research on the teaching methods of the U.S, Europe and Asia, collecting it into a source to other educators.
As a cultural entrepreneur, and driven by her passion through education and outreach to her community. Dr. Ali is the founder and the artistic director of Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) based at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Beirut, Lebanon.

About IWCS (Imagine Workshop and Concert Series)
Imagine Workshop and Concert Series (IWCS) is a series of concerts, workshops, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, outreach and education programs. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of our community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU's faculty, students and a diverse community; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives, and introducing underprivileged communities to the power of arts.

For more info contact Dr. Seba Ali: seba.ali@lau.edu.lb

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