"Where Rivers Meet celebrates the cultural contributions of Middle Eastern immigrants by featuring three musicians who live in the Chicago area: Amro Helmy, an oud player from Cairo, Egypt; Edward Hanna, a percussionist from Basra, Iraq; and Mary Hazboun, a vocalist from Bethlehem, Palestine. The three master musicians will perform with a small ensemble and with a storyteller. The storyteller, Anita Darwish, will narrate the personal stories of the three featured musicians, bringing to life the cultural context and memories behind the music, including stories of political persecution and the experience of immigration. The music and storytelling complement each other and interweave into a beautiful tapestry of story, illustrating the complex and beautiful lives of three people from the Middle East."
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Chicago Folklore Ensemble at Gompers
Chicago Park District