- I loved the passion, dedication, and soulful musicianship of all the instrumentalists and instructors.
- I learned many Arabic songs that taught me about elements of Arabic history and language.
- I especially enjoyed the songs! They have been stuck in my head all semester and Hanna is an amazing teacher and violinist.
These are a sampling of the comments we received from participants in Spring 2013.
For the 2013-14 season, the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble and Philadelphia Arab Percussion Ensemble invite singers, percussionists, and string/wind instrumentalists to join. This program is offered in partnership with Penn’s Department of Music and Greenfield Intercultural Center.
Led by music director and violin virtuoso HANNA KHOURY with percussionist HAFEZ KOTAIN and cellist/maqam theory specialist KINAN ABOU-AFACH, the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble and Philadelphia Arab Percussion Ensembles are a community ensemble open to middle/high school and college students and adults.
Classes are held on Mondays starting September 9, 2013:
• Choir: 6-7:00pm with Hanna Khoury
• Percussion: 6-7:00pm (intermediate/advanced level) and 7-8:00pm (beginner level) with Hafez Kotain
• Instrumentalists (wind/string and select percussionists): 7-9:00pm led by Hanna Khoury with Kinan Abou-afach and Hafez Kotain
Location: Penn Department of Music, 201 South 34th Street, Rooms 101 & 102
Fees:* $300 for Fall Semester (12 sessions):
Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, Dec 2
The semester’s culminating performance will be Sunday, December 8 at Trinity Center for Urban Life
* Note: No fee required for enrolled UPenn students who can take it for .5 course credit: Arab Music Ensemble Course – MUSC 007
To register, click here to download the Ensemble Registration Form
Private instruction available with experienced musicians in cello, oud, violin, viola, percussion, maqam theory, and improvisation to supplement group instruction.
To see posts about the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble from past years, check out promo for 2012-13 season, instruction in-progress Fall 2012, the performance in December 2012. video from December 2011, photos/video from Marcel Khalife Concert, and photos from DIWAN: A Forum for the Arts in March 2011.
Parking: Metered street parking is available on 33rd, 34th, Walnut, and Chestnut Streets. In addition, the closest pay lots are at 34th and Chestnut Streets and 34th and Market Streets.
For more info, please contact us or call 267-809-3668.