Tuesday, Feb 13 at 7pm
Selina Korban Theater, LAU Byblos
Thursday, Feb 15 at 7pm
Gulbenkian Theater, LAU Beirut
by Apple Hill String Quartet (Elise Kuder, Colleen Jennings, Mike Kelly, and Rupert Thompson), Kinan Azmeh, Seba Ali, LAU students and alumni (visuals and poems)
Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 pm in Selina Korban Theater at LAU Byblos
Thursday February 15 at 7:00 pm in Gulbenkian Theater at LAU Beirut
Apple Hill String Quartet
Called “dashing and extraordinary” by the Strad Magazine, the Apple Hill String Quartet has earned praise around the world for its concerts presenting interpretive mastery of traditional repertoire, neglected masterpieces, and music from around the world, as well as world premieres and commissioned pieces. As resident musicians at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music in rural Nelson, NH, the quartet serves as the artistic curators and core faculty for Apple Hill’s Summer Chamber Music Workshop attended by 300 participants of diverse ages, levels, and backgrounds. During the regular concert season, in conjunction with Apple Hill’s Playing for Peace program, the quartet performs concerts and conducts residencies locally in New Hampshire, nationally in major U.S. cities, and internationally around the globe. The quartet has collaborated with members of the Brentano String Quartet, Dorian Wind Quintet, Silk Road Ensemble, Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo, New York Philharmonic, Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, and Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna.
Kinan Azmeh: Clarinet, Composer
Hailed as a “Virtuoso” and “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times and “Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, and “Incredibly Rich Sound” by the CBC. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres has gained him international recognition as clarinetist and composer. Kinan was recently named composer-in-residence with Classical Movements for the 2017-2018 season. Kinan has been touring the world as soloist, composer, and improviser. Notable appearances include: Opera Bastille, Paris; Tchaikovsky Grand Hall, Moscow; Carnegie Hall and the UN’s general assembly, New York; the Royal Albert Hall, London; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; der Philharmonie; Berlin; the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, Washington DC; the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Damascus opera house for its opening concert in his native Syria. He has appeared as soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Seattle Symphony, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Qatar Philharmonic and the Syrian Symphony Orchestra among others.; and has shared the stage with Yo-Yo Ma, Marcel Khalife, Aynur, Daniel Barenboim and Jivan Gasparian. His compositions include several works for solo, orchestra, and chamber music; film, live illustration, and electronics. His discography includes three albums with his ensemble Hewar, several soundtracks for film and dance, a duo album with pianist Dinuk Wijeratne and an album with his New York Arabic/Jazz quartet the Kinan Azmeh CityBand. He serves as artistic director of the Damascus Festival Chamber Players, a pan-Arab ensemble dedicated to contemporary music form the Arab world. This is a frequent guest faculty at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and is on the advisory board of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. He is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble with whom he was awarded a Grammy in 2017.
Kinan is a graduate of New York’s Juilliard school as a student of Charles Neidich, and of both the Damascus High Institute of Music where he studied with Shukry Sahwki, Nicolay Viovanof and Anatoly Moratof, and Damascus University’s School of Electrical Engineering in his native Syria. Kinan earned his doctorate degree in music from the City University of New York in 2013.
Seba Ali: Piano
Acclaimed for her masterful piano technique and wide-ranging musical imagination, Egyptian Pianist Seba Ali enjoys a diverse career as a soloist, chamber musician and teaching artist. She has started playing the piano at age of four and had her concert debut at age of five. Having started performing as a soloist with the orchestras at age eleven, Seba has performed with Lynn Philharmonia, Cairo Celebration Orchestra, Bibliotheca Alexandria Chamber Orchestra, Cairo Conservatory, Ars Flores, Redlands and Cairo Symphony Orchestras. In addition, Seba maintains solo recitals and frequently performs at renowned venues including New York Public Library, Kaufmann Center, Manasterly Palace, The Staller Center for The Arts, and Historic Asolo Theatre, and her performances have been broadcasted on WQXR, KUOR and Classical Variations. Dedicated to chamber music, Seba is a winner of the 2012 Ackerman Chamber Music Competition and has been mentored by some of the greatest chamber musicians of time, including Gilbert Kalish, Colin Carr, Carol Wincenc, Andres Cardenes, Paquito D’Rivera and Emerson String Quartet. Seba is a founding member of Gadayel Duo with her husband; hornist Amr Selim with recent performances and residencies at Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and Kaufman Center in New York City.
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 events—from concerts, workshops, panel discussions, art exhibitions, outreach and education programs, bringing all arts disciplines together, to commissioning projects and supporting LAU students and alumni, and young students and artists. IWCS strives to contribute to the cultural richness of the community by promoting top quality performances to a diverse local audience; welcoming internationally acclaimed guest artists to collaborate with LAU’s faculty and students, students from middle and high schools in Lebanon, and a diverse community; commissioning and premiering new works by emerging and established composers, choreographers and storytellers; cultivating young artists and new audiences through traditional and innovative educational outreach initiatives; creating and championing projects that promote peace, harmony and acceptance among our community and the whole world; and introducing underprivileged communities and refugees to the power of arts.
For more info about IWCS visit the Facebook page.