Benefit Concert: The Voice of the Free Syrian Children
Join us for this benefit concert featuring award-winning Syrian-American composer and pianist, Malek Jandali. The concert is free but donations to aid Syrian children are encouraged. The concert will last 1 hour, followed immediately by a 30 minute reception.Malek Jandali is recognized as a leading figure in today's piano world.His latest album "Emessa - Homs" includes original compositions inspired by the people of Syria and their noble quest for freedom and human rights." He was the recipient of the 2011 "Freedom of Expression" award in Los Angeles for his song "Watani Ana - I am my Homeland", as well as his activism in the Arab Spring movement for human rights and democracy.His causes go beyond those of humanitarian activism, as he is regularly recognized by and invited to speak to key academic audiences at Harvard University, Rutgers University, Fordham University the United Nations headquarters in New York City, and was recently on the panel of The Doha Debates at Georgetown University in Qatar. The Nelson Music Room is located in the East Duke Bldg. There is free parking available on Campus Drive, Markham, and surrounding streets. There are also campus parking lots that can be used for free without permits after 5 pm on weekdays.The concert is the opening event of the Arts of Democratic Revolution Conference.This event is also co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.