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December 2017
free and open to the public

Where Rivers Meet: Songs and Stories from Masters of Arabic Music

December 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave
Evanston, IL 60201 United States

Crossing Borders Music presents the Chicago Folklore Ensemble in the world premiere performance of its brand new show "Where Rivers Meet: Songs and Stories from Masters of Arabic Music." The concert celebrates the cultural contributions of three Chicago-area immigrant musicians from the Middle East: Amro Helmy, an oud player from Cairo, Egypt; Edward Hanna, a percussionist from Basra, Iraq; and Mary Hazboun, a vocalist from Bethlehem, Palestine. The three master musicians will perform with a small ensemble and with a…

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February 2018
$15 - $20

Richès Dayiti: Treasures of Haitian Piano Music

February 2 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

"Richès Dayiti: Treasures of Haitian Piano Music" provides an intimate look at the mostly unknown beauty of Haitian piano music, unknown to all but a handful of scholars for the last century. The performances' compositions have been preserved by the Société de recherche et de diffusion de la musique haïtienne (SRDMH) (Society for the Research and Diffusion of Haitian Music) in Montreal, archived by the Laboratory of World Music Research of the Université de Montréal, and prepared into performance editions by Dr. Robert…

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free with museum admission

Exploring Haitian Culture, History, and Religion through Song

February 17 at 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States

Crossing Borders Music performs new Haitian folk song arrangements by composer Julio Racine, exploring the depth of Haitian history, spirituality, and lore through folk song arrangements for violin, cello, and keyboard. The performance will take place in the Haitian art gallery of the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the music will reflect themes found in the art collection. Admission is free with museum entry.

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March 2018
free and open to the public

Women Composers Around the World

March 25 at 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St
Skokie, IL 60077 United States

In celebration of International Women's Day, The Skokie Public Library presents Crossing Borders Music in a performance of chamber music by women composers from Taiwan, Venezuela, Haiti, the Chickasaw Nation, Nigeria, and the US! In addition to unforgettable music in many styles, we'll share the composers' perspectives on how being a women has affected - or hasn't affected - their lives in music. The program will include "Yeah... I Hit Like a Girl" by Amanda John, Teresa Carreño's String Quartet, Yi…

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free and open to the public

Women Composers Around the World

March 29 at 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Lake Forest Place, 1100 Pembridge Dr
Lake Forest, IL 60045

In celebration of International Women's Day, Crossing Borders Music presents this Lake Forest Place performance of chamber music by women composers from Taiwan, Venezuela, Haiti, the Chickasaw Nation, Nigeria, and the US! In addition to unforgettable music in many styles, we'll share the composers' perspectives on how being a women has affected - or hasn't affected - their lives in music. The program will include "Yeah... I Hit Like a Girl" by Amanda John, Teresa Carreño's String Quartet, Yi Yiing Chen's "The…

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free and open to the public

Women Composers Around the World

March 31 at 7:15 pm
Plymouth Place Senior Living, 315 N La Grange Rd
La Grange Park, IL 60526 United States

In celebration of International Women’s Day, Plymouth Place presents Crossing Borders Music in a performance of chamber music by women composers from Taiwan, Venezuela, Haiti, the Chickasaw Nation, and the US! In addition to unforgettable music in many styles, we’ll share the composers’ perspectives on how being a women has affected – or hasn’t affected – their lives in music. The program will include “Yeah… I Hit Like a Girl” by Amanda John, Teresa Carreño‘s String Quartet, Yi Yiing Chen’s…

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April 2018
free and open to the public

Celebrating Resilience: Music by Iranian Bahá’ís

April 13 at 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
Covenant Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Rd
Northbrook, IL 60062

This special concert shares the music and stories of resilience of Bahá’í composers from Iran! These courageous musicians risked their lives and safety to pursue their musical education in Iran in the face of their government's systemic persecution of Bahá'ís. Marianne Parker, piano; Maya Shiraishi, violin; and Tom Clowes, cello will perform works by composers including Nikan Milani, Safa Shahidi, and Farid Javidan. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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free and open to the public

Celebrating Resilience: Music by Iranian Bahá’ís

April 22 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington St
Chicago, IL 60602 United States

This special, fifth-annual concert shares the music and stories of resilience of Iranian Bahá’í musicians! These courageous musicians risked their lives and safety to pursue their musical education in Iran in the face of their government's systemic persecution of Bahá'ís. The music will be performed by Fahimeh Mehrabkhani, voice; Marianne Parker, piano; Maya Shiraishi, violin; and Tom Clowes, cello. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Claudia Cassidy Theater on the second…

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May 2018
$15

Untold Beauty of Haiti: a Piano Concert

May 3 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60604 United States

Crossing Borders Music and the CSO African-American Network present “Untold Beauty of Haiti: a Piano Concert"! The performance will take place at The Club, on the 8th Floor of the Chicago Symphony Center. The performances’ compositions have been preserved by the Société de recherche et de diffusion de la musique haïtienne (SRDMH) (Society for the Research and Diffusion of Haitian Music) in Montreal, archived by the Laboratory of World Music Research of the Université de Montréal, and prepared into performance editions by Dr. Robert Grenier…

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Celebrating Music from Syria and Egypt

May 6 at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Family Piano Co., 114 S Genesee St Ste 402
Waukegan, IL 60085 United States

Syrian musicians Issam Rafea, oud, and Omar al Musfi, percussion, join Maya Shiraishi, violin, and Tom Clowes, cello, to celebrate music by composers from Syria and Egypt. The ensemble will present original works composed by 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. ***This event is currently open only to Waukegan Chamber Music Society season ticket holders. Individual tickets may go on…

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