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Syrian guitar quartet invited to perform at U of W

By: Carol Sanders
Posted: 09/17/2019 6:40 PM

After welcoming hundreds of war refugees two years ago, Winnipeg is hosting a different group of Syrians this week: a classical guitar quartet.

Orontes Guitar Quartet is visiting Canada through a fellowship with the Artist Protection Fund. They're performing Wednesday night, at a free public event at Eckhardt Gramatté Hall. Read more


An Evening of  Music and Migration: Orontes Guitar Quartet


Since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, millions have fled Syria seeking protection while millions more remain internally displaced in the country.  Members of the Orontes Guitar Quartet, Nazir Salameh, Gaby Al-Botros, Mohammed Mir Mahmoud, and Orwa Al-Shara’a were waiting to make their debut with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra in 2016 when a bomb exploded outside.  That night they played on but as conditions worsened the ensemble found their way to Lebanon.  From Lebanon they were selected by the Artist Protection Fund as fellows and welcomed as Visiting Artists to the University of Victoria’s School of Music. The quartet is in Winnipeg to play the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society’s Season Opener.  In collaboration with the Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society, the Global College, University of Winnipeg is pleased to host “An Evening of Music and Migration” featuring performances by the Orontes Guitar Quartet, as well as a question and answer session with the ensemble led by Global College’s Associate Professor Shauna Labman and remarks on the World Refugee Council by its Chair and former University of Winnipeg President, the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy. 
With opening welcomes from Dr. Jan Stewart, Executive Director of the Global College, Deputy Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic at The University of Winnipeg and Kurt Tittlemier, President of The Winnipeg Classical Guitar Society.

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