Omar & Saad Al Kassab, Andalus Arabic Choir
April 19, 2017
CLOSING EVENT: OMAR & SAAD AL KASSAB, ANDALUS ARABIC CHOIR
Talk and Choir Performance
To close off our series Goethe-Institut Damascus | In Exile – Popup Sydney we present a Sunday afternoon of music and words:
We’re starting the afternoon with Syrian brothers Omar and Saad Al Kassab who are now based in Melbourne. They were 17 and 14 years old respectively when the Syrian uprising broke out. Omar actively participated in demonstration for peace, democracy and end of corruption in Syria and in April of 2013, whilst studying engineering at university, he was arrested and tortured.
Their story includes their humanitarian work alongside fellow Scouts, imprisonment, the loss of friends and finally, their family’s escape to a new life overseas. In Australia, they have actively reconnected with Scouts movement and resumed his education. Omar is now studying towards a Bachelor of Business at RMIT university and giving talks in the community across Australia and Saad recently shot to fame when graduating as a Dux in one of the most prestigious Catholic School in the country and currently studying toward Biomedicine degree at the University of Melbourne.
Following this talk we will have an exclusive concert by the Sydney-based Andalus Arabic Choir conducted by Ghada Daher-Elmowy. The choir will perform "Oumsiya” which is a set that includes a broad repertoire in various dialects from Andalusia to the Middle-East crossing North-Africa. The Andalus Arabic Choir is a unique group of Arabic and Non-Arabic speaking Australians who share the love of Andalusian and Arabic music and singing.
Entry and seating are free. Capacity is limited and there is no registration process. Please arrive in time to secure a good seat.