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A Benefit Performance by Syrian Vocalist Lubana Al Quntar And Members Of The New York Arabic Orchestra In Solidarity With Syrian Refugees In The Beqaa Valley, Lebanon

January 28, 2017
7PM – 11PM

Mana Theater
888 Newark Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306

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A Benefit Performance by Syrian Vocalist Lubana Al Quntar And Members Of The New York Arabic Orchestra In Solidarity With Syrian Refugees In The Beqaa Valley, Lebanon


Mana Contemporary presents an intimate evening of music by legendary Syrian opera singer, Lubana Al Quntar, accompanied by musicians from the New York Arabic Orchestra: Eylem Basaldi on violin and April Centrone on oud and percussion. The evening will include remarks by Centrone, Syrian journalist Issam Khoury, and Nisreen Nasser, co-founder of Solidarity Through Humanity.

All proceeds from this event go directly to Solidarity Through Humanity, a grassroots charitable initiative dedicated to providing relief, fuel for heat, and other supplies to a particularly isolated refugee camp in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon, a location that has received very little aid from humanitarian organizations up until this point. Beqaa Valley is known for its treacherous winters, and many people living in this camp, mostly young children, have died due to extreme weather conditions this season. Without fuel, families often resort to burning shoes and garbage to produce heat, resulting in the production of toxic fumes, and making a seemingly impossible situation even worse.

Doors Open

8PM – 10PM
Performance by Lubana Al Quntar and Ensemble (with a 15-minute intermission), and special remarks by April Centrone, Nisreen Nasser, and Issam Khoury

DJ sets by Rahill Jamalifard before and after performance

About Solidarity Through Humanity
Solidarity Through Humanity is a grassroots initiative founded by Nisreen Nasser, who is based in Lebanon, and Shannon Brandt, who is based in New York, with the direct purpose of providing aid to isolated refugee communities within Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley. Solidarity Through Humanity believes in the power of empathy and compassion to connect with and provide aid to people all around the globe who are in need and have been displaced due to war or poverty.

“We started the new year with a heating fuel delivery to the refugee camp we've been supporting since 2015. This delivery was possible because of fundraisers held in New York and New Jersey by April Centrone as well as the efforts of the 210 Tents organization in Vancouver, Canada. Yet, with all sorrow, we regret to break this devastating news that some newborn babies didn't make it through this winter because of the cold weather and complications accompanied by lack of heat and supplies. Thank you to every single person who donated, shared our events, and spread the word about our cause. Co-founder Shannon Brandt will be visiting the camp in few weeks for another delivery of supplies. Help us not let any baby die in the camp in 2017.” - Nisreen Nasser, January 5, 2017

About Lubana Al Quntar
Lubana Al Quntar is an acclaimed Syrian vocalist of both opera and traditional Arabic song. She headed the Department of Opera Singing and launched the Department of Classical Arabic Singing at the Syrian National Conservatory.

About Eylem Basaldi
Turkish-born violinist and composer Basaldi performs in a wide array of settings featuring Balkan, Middle Eastern, North African and Southeast Asian musical traditions.  

About April Centrone
April Centrone is a drummer and percussionist, teacher and music therapist. Originally from New York, she has given concerts and lectures around the world in Arabic percussion.  

About Issam Khoury
Issam Khoury is a journalist and political activist from Syria with more than 15 years of experience in writing and conducting research in politics, governance, Islamic groups, human rights, arts, and culture for major news media in the Middle East and North Africa.

Images: (Top) Image courtesy of Refugee Orchestra Project (Bottom) A Syrian refugee holds a barefoot child as she walks with a girl through snow at a refugee camp in Lebanon's Bekaa ValleyMohamed Azakir/Reuters