Concert At Jewish Community Center To Raise Funds For Syrian Refugees

Piano concert: Emotional and dramatic, Wagner’s work gets rousing applause

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Part of the money will go toward Jandalis efforts to take music and concerts to refugees in camps, he said. The event has become somewhat controversial in parts of the Arab-American community. Some are refusing to take part because its being held at a Jewish center, organizers said. Others oppose it because the musician and some of the organizers oppose Syrian President Bashar Assad. Jandali and others helping to organize the concert said its unfortunate there is division over an event intended to help children. Jandali said the Jewish center was selected for the concert on purpose because he wants people to cross through social and political barriers so we can be human. Stop dividing our noble cause with silly things, he said. Dr. Yahya Basha of West Bloomfield , who is of Syrian descent and a longtime leader in the Arab-American and Muslim-American communities, supports the concert. He said it will highlight the magnitude of the tragedy of Syria. More than 6 million Syrians have been displaced because of the war, including about 2 million refugees who fled the country. There are about 10,000 Syrian Americans in Michigan. John Akouri, a Lebanese-American leader from Farmington Hills who will emcee the event, said: Shame on anyone who brings politics or religion into this concert. Everyone is welcome. This is America. Jandalis parents were reportedly attacked in Syria by forces supporting Assad after he played a song in 2011 calling for freedom.

The concert was held to commemorate Wagners 200th birth anniversary, which fell earlier this year. German pianist Stephan Rahn and mezzo-soprano Judith Mayer combined with Karachi-based Pakistani pianist Usman Anees to perform the openings of some of Wagners most popular operas. Wagner is famous for his operas, Rahn said. But because the musicians could not bring the whole orchestra required to play an opera, they decided to perform openings of two Wagner operas along with some other musical pieces. Rahn, a freelance musician, and Anees, who is currently studying Western classical composition at Londons Trinity College, started with the overture to Rienzi. With a four-hand piano arrangement, the two pianists synchronised perfectly to reproduce the intensity of the operas opening. Mayer then worked magic with her powerful voice, singing five songs by Wagner, including In the Greenhouse and Dreams. The range of her vocals and dramatic delivery of the lyrics mesmerised the audience, which was evident from the applause she got at the end of each of song. Sheikh Farooq, the general manager of a private shipping company, said the singing was heartfelt and moving, with an emotional pull. Wagners music is all about emotions and dramatic music, Rahn said, talking about the musical quality of the German composer, who was also famous for writing his own librettos. Its pure opera. Rahn, who, along with the Mayer and Anees, also performed at the Goethe Institute in Karachi on Wednesday, said Pakistani audience have been very welcoming to Wagners music, even though they are not accustomed to Western classical music. At the concert, Anees, 27, also gave a solo performance of the Isoldes Love-Death the final, dramatic climax of Wagners opera, Tristan and Isolde, which is based on a medieval European legend of unattainable love. After a brief interval, Rahn performed the Sonata for the album of Madame MW before combining again with Anees to play the prelude to The Master-Singers of Nuremburg. In between, Mayer sang five more songs composed by Franz Liszt, who was a friend and father-in-law of Wagner. Pakistani and foreign guests in the audience appeared united in their applause for the performances and Ambassador of Germany in Pakistan Dr Cyrill Nunn seemed to agree. Music is the perfect bridge between countries, the ambassador told The Express Tribune after the concert. Nunn said the German Embassy always tries to create collaboration between Germany and Pakistan at its events. He offered the concert as an example of one bridge bringing German musicians here for the local audience.