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Manchester celebrates cultural contributions of Mideast immigrants with ‘Where Rivers Meet’

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – Manchester University offers a show of Arabic music and storytelling that takes listeners down the rivers of the Middle East.

A string ensemble and storyteller accompany master musicians from Iraq, Egypt and Palestine who share melodies and memories passed down in song and story.

Peace Pole: May Peace Prevail on EarthWhere Rivers Meet: Songs and Stories from Masters of Arabic Music is 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28 in Wine Recital Hall. It is free and open to the public.

This show from the Chicago Folklore Ensemble celebrates the cultural contributions of immigrants, featuring three musicians who now 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.

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.

This program is supported by the William H. and Miriam W. Cable '39 Peace Studies Fund.

Established in 1948, the Peace Studies Institute and Program in Conflict Resolution at Manchester University pioneered as the first undergraduate Peace Studies program in the world. The University is currently building the Jean Childs Young Intercultural Center that will become a regional focal point for discussions about diversity and inclusion, civic engagement and civil discourse.

About Manchester University
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,600 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training, a Master of Pharmacogenomics and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.

April 2018