5:30-6:30 p.m. ET Tuesdays & Thursdays in March, starting March 7, 2024
Arab American Choir with Lubana Al-Quntar
In-person at AANM
FREE with RSVP; Register
Love to sing? Join the Arab American Choir, directed by Syrian opera luminary, Lubana Al-Quntar! All levels and ages are embraced and welcomed, regardless of skill or experience. Participants will have the opportunity to perform at a concert presented by AANM, alongside Lubana, on March 28.
The choir will meet every Tuesday and Thursday in March, beginning on March 7. Meetings will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The meeting dates are as follows: March 7, March 12, March 14, March 19, March 21 and March 26.
Choir members and others are also invited to join Lubana for private 1:1 lessons to perfect their techniques. More information can be found on the Singing Lessons webpage.
About the Artist
Lubana Al-Quntar comes from a Syrian family that is deeply rooted in classical Arabic music. She is related to singer/actress Amal Al Atrash (known by her stage name, Asmahan) and her brother, renowned composer and singer Farid Al Atrash. These connections influenced her musical path and played an important role in her decision to seek a career as a professional singer. Born in Syria, she began singing at an early age and had an unusual gift for singing challenging sung poetry from childhood. Today Lubana performs a wide a range of repertoire within the Arab music canon which include music from the classical, contemporary, folk, and pop genres. Her expressive voice allows her to add luster and richness to the various singing styles. In addition to traditional Arab song, Lubana studied opera and became the first Syrian opera singer to attain international recognition, as she appeared in concerts throughout Europe. She returned to Syria to head the Department of Opera Singing and launched the Department of Classical Arabic Singing at the Syrian National Conservatory. This was a ground-breaking event because, for the first time, students could study both operatic and traditional singing at an accredited institution. She established the Arabic Music Singing Ensemble that performed across the Middle East. She came to the United States in 2012 and has since performed in numerous venues across the country in addition to her European performances.
For questions, e-mail Fatima Al-Rasool at [email protected]
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