posted at 1:51 pm Mon Aug 27th, 2012 by (WherezIt_Staff)
Dear CCC audience members,
I want you to be among the first to know that Capital City Concerts opens its 2012-2013 season not with a concert but a meal!
A three course Middle Eastern Feast will be prepared from fresh local Vermont ingredients -at the peak of the season!- and will be served on Saturday, September 8 at 7PM in the Chapel of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, a co-sponsor of the event.
The meal is in honor on the young Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz who CCC has commissioned to write a large scale work for flute and string quartet based on Arab song and dance elements. The world premiere will take place in Montpelier on April 27, 2013 at the final concert of the season by myself on flute and the renowned Borromeo String Quartet.
At just 26 years old, Mohammed Fairouz is widely considered to be the most frequently performed, commissioned, and recorded composer of his generation, with completed commissions from New York City Opera, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and San Francisco Symphony. In July, the BBC World aired a documentary about Fairouz which was viewed by a worldwide television audience of 200 million. (The 30 minute film will be shown at the Middle Eastern Feast.) Here's a link to the trailer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-
I conceived of this composition in 2010 when my mother, a first generation Arab American was dying. We reminisced about the weekly Sunday meals prepared by my grandmother "Tayta" --especially the long summer days on the New Jersey family farm where she grew up and how large numbers of family and friends would gather under the shade of towering oak trees. We would feast on delicious heaping plates of tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, koosah (stuffed Egyptian summer squash), spinach pies, my grandfather's fresh corn-on-the-cob, and Kibbeh (the national dish of Lebanon). Guests would eat and drink, dance the Debkah, pass the water pipe, and share conversation late into the night. There was an intense spirit of generosity, love, and celebration on "the farm". I wanted a piece which would encompass the full range of Arab culture, emotion, and color. And I want to share the rich, family-like feast experience with the community in Central Vermont. I hope you will join me for this extraordinary one-time event. I'll be the one wearing the apron...
There is limited seating so I urge you to reserve tickets ($55) and to view the menu for the Middle Eastern Feast at www.capitalcityconcerts.org. The proceeds will benefit the commission. Deadline for reservations is Sept. 3.
"Soch-tain!" (Arabic for "To your health."), Karen Kevra
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)