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Celebrating Beauty Through Music: the Orontes Guitar Quartet

Port Theatre | 125 Front Street, Nanaimo Nanaimo
$25
In their celebration of beauty through music, the Orontes Guitar Quartet from Damascus gives us a glimpse of the real Syria, a country with an extraordinary history of art and culture. The four talented musicians - Orwa Al-Shara’a, Nazir Salameh, Gaby Al-Botros and Mir Mahmoud - play a wide range of musical styles, from classical, jazz and flamenco to romantic, blues and country. The Quartet, who have performed with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra, are in Canada for one year, thanks to the generosity of the IIE-Artist Protection Fund (APF), a New York-based organization that provides grant support and designs safe residencies for gifted artists around the world who are under threat. Two further examples of Syrian art will be on display during the evening: Dema Maksod, a Syrian artist from Latakia, will be exhibiting some of her stunning paintings in the Lobby. In addition, Margriet Ruurs, author of the internationally-acclaimed children’s book Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey, will talk about the story behind the writing of the book and her extraordinary collaboration with Syrian sculptor Nizar Ali Badr, also from Latakia. The Wiltshire Education Society (WES) is proud to showcase the work of these very talented artists at the Port Theatre. WES is a registered non-profit society that provides educational opportunities and family support for young people from conflict zones. Proceeds from the evening will be directed to the current WES project which aims to bring a refugee family from Afghanistan to Nanaimo to be reunited with their eldest daughter, a student at Vancouver Island University.

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