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Issam Rafea and Gao Hong Duo
January 24 @ 7:00 pmFREE
Syrian oud master Issam Rafea and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong perform live compositions blending Chinese and Arabic techniques in a performance titled “The Blending of Ancient Souls from Syria and China.” Since they never discuss what they will play in advance, no two performances are ever the same. Each concert is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and audiences witness singular creations that come to life before their very eyes and ears – but are never to be repeated again. Response from their recent performances at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., included:
“You’ve changed my life, opened my heart and spirit!”
“I really was impressed to feel, listen and watch you two creating something sublime, full of joy and in a profound way, capable of awakening the audience spiritually. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like your music allowed all of us to transcend ourselves and be exceptionally present in those moments of creation.”
“…you two move Kandinsky’s spiritual pyramid upwards…which is the true purpose of all art and artists.”
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.