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Friday, October 5, 2018

Celebrating Music from Syria and Egypt

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S Emerson St
Mount Prospect, IL 60056 United States

Syrian and American musicians come together to celebrate music by composers from Syria and Egypt for the Mount Prospect Public Library's Festival Night! The ensemble will present original works composed by Issam Rafea, Sufi-inspired violin solos by Abdo Dagher, and the violin-cello duo of Gamal Abdel-Rahim, whose music combines Egyptian modal scales, rhythms, and melodies with European-inspired harmonies. Registration required!

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free and open to the public

Crossing Borders Music at the Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade!

Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
on State St. heading south from Lake to Van Buren, State and Lake
Chicago, IL United States

Crossing Borders Music is excited to announce its participation with the Haitian American Museum of Chicago-HAMOC in Chicago's Arts in the Dark Halloween Parade! Hear rara-inspired Haitian string quartets accompany Haitian dancers! See scores of Chicago artists exploring the magic of Halloween in this iconic annual Chicago event! The parade will start on State Street heading south from Lake to Van Buren. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This program is partially supported by a grant…

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

$15

Celebrating Resilience: Music by Iranian Bahá’ís

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Presbyterian-Congregational Church, 214 Vaughn Ave
Ashland, WI 54806 United States

With the Ashland Chamber Music Society, Crossing Borders Music shares this special concert shares music and stories of resilience of Bahá’í composers from Iran in the face of their government's systematic persecution of members of the Bahá'í religion. Officially barred from attending college or university because of their religion, Iranian Bahá'ís and their Muslim supporters founded the Bahá'í Institute for Higher Education, a grassroots school that holds classes in living rooms and basements. At this school, in the face of…

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Music Sustains Us: Haitian and African-American Spiritual Music

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm
Glacier Hills Senior Living, 1200 Earhart Rd
Ann Arbor, MI 48105 United States

With Glacier Hills Senior Living, Crossing Borders Music shares Music Sustains Us: Haitian and African-American Spiritual Songs! Hear spiritual songs of Haitians and African-Americans provided solace, resilience, and strength in the face of oppression. These powerful traditional melodies have been arranged by keyboard, violin, and cello by composers Julio Racine and Samuel Coleridge Taylor.

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free and open to the public

Honoring Refugee Composers

Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077 United States

Crossing Borders Music honors refugees around the world in this performance of music written by or about refugees! The program includes the “Refugees Anthem” by the composer Arian, who is a Syrian refugee currently living in China. Also presented will be string quartet arrangements of the beautiful Al Ayloughs and Shogher Jan by the famous Armenian composer Komitas, followed by Armenian composer Tatev Amiryan’s “Tristesse,” a homage to Komitas. In Amiryan's piece she expresses Komitas’ pain and sorrow as the Armenian Genocide forced him…

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Friday, January 11, 2019

$10

Exploring Peru through Song and Dance

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
GCE Lab School, 1535 N Dayton St
Chicago, IL 60642 United States

Explore Peru through its songs, dances, and chamber music in this concert for string quartet and voice! Peruvian tenor Luis Galvez will sing favorite Peruvian songs including the original version of "El condor pasa" by Daniel Alomía Robles and "La flor de la canela" ("The Cinnamon Flower") by Chabuca Granda. Hear also "Manaña cuando me vaya" ("When I Leave Tomorrow"), the Afro-Peruvian Christmas dance Hatajo de Negritos, the Andean Passacalle "El Huascarán," the Danza Peruana No. 8 by Armando Guevara…

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

free and open to the public

First Blacks Chicago

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Olive Harvey College – Bruce Cherry Theater, 10001 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60628 United States

Hear the ground-breaking world premiere of music honoring the legacies of three black Chicago trailblazers: Chicago’s Haitian founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable; Chicago’s first black mayor, Harold Washington; and the first black president, Barack Obama! The program includes the epic world premiere performances of music commissioned by Crossing Borders Music for the event, including the reflective “Nostalgia” by Rudy Perrault, honoring DuSable; the incredible excitement of Gi Frants’ “Fraternitas! Fraternitas! Dei Patris Nomine,” a musical tribute to Washington; and…

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free and open to the public

First Blacks Chicago

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

Hear the ground-breaking world premiere of music honoring the legacies of three black Chicago trailblazers: Chicago's Haitian founder, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable; Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington; and the first black president, Barack Obama! The program includes the epic world premiere performances of music commissioned by Crossing Borders Music for the event, including the reflective "Nostalgia" by Jean "Rudy" Perrault, honoring DuSable; the incredible excitement of Gifrants's "Fraternitas! Fraternitas! Dei Patris Nomine," a musical tribute to Washington; and…

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free after museum general admission

Exploring Haitian Spirituality through Music

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States

Explore the amazing and deep spirituality of Haiti in this unique performance of chamber music for string trio by Haitian composers! Learn how the spiritual beliefs of Haitian Vodou led to the founding of the world's first black republic. Then hear how Haitian spirituality and Vodou music inspired Haitian composer Werner Jaegerhuber's captivating Trio. Be stirred by Sabrina C D Jean Louis' heart-felt testament of her deep Christian faith in her piece "Allo Seigneur" ("Hello Lord"). Then hear Fritz Bernardin's…

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Free and open to the public

Exploring Peru through Song and Dance

Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077 United States

Explore Peru's rich history and culture through its songs, dances, and chamber music in this concert for string quartet and voice! Hear the yearning of oppressed miners seeking freedom as Peruvian tenor Luis Galvez sings the original version of “El condor pasa” by Daniel Alomía Robles. Learn how Chabuca Granda combined European, Andean, and - controversially - African influences and hear her vals criollo, or "Creole waltz," titled “La flor de la canela” (“The Cinnamon Flower”), a beautiful and timeless classic. Hear the…

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