Bassam Saba and the New York Arabic Orchestra to Perform at the ADC Convention








Washington, DC | | May 21, 2011 -- ADC is proud to announce that the New York Arabic Orchestra will perform at the ADC National Convention on Friday evening June 10, 2011 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel (2660 Woodley Road, NW, Washington, D.C., 20008). The event will begin with a reception at 6:00pm to 7:00pm, followed by a presentation of the Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarship Awards at 7:30pm and the concert at 8:00pm.

The New York Arabic Orchestra is lead by nay virtuoso Bassam Saba. Saba is a world-renowned nay virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist, performing on oud, violin, buzuq, saz, and western classical flute. Along with Saba and over 20 musicians, guest kanoun virtuoso Jamal Sinno will also perform.

Additionally, two guest vocalists will perform at the concert; Salma Habib, a multi-talented singer and one of the most prominent Arab female vocalists in the United States and Naji Youssef who has been a leading figure in the Arab-American music scene, performing in many venues and festivals throughout the U.S.

Tickets for this event are available at $75.00 per person and included at no charge with each ADC Convention full package registration.

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About Bassam Saba:

Bassam Saba is one of the nation's leading figures of Arabic music. Saba studied nay, oud, and violin at the Lebanon National Conservatory.  At the age of 17, he moved to Paris where he received his BA in Western Classical music and Flute Performance at the Conservatoire Municipal des Gobelins. In 1979, Saba moved to Moscow to study at the prestigious Gnessin Musical Pedagogical Institute where he received an MA in Western Flute Performance and Music Education (1985). He later returned to Beirut where he began to work extensively with the biggest stars of the Arab World: Fairouz, the diva of Lebanon and composers Marcel Khalife, and Ziad Rahbani.

About the New York Arabic Orchestra:

The New York Arabic Orchestra is the home of contemporary and classical Arabic music in America. The orchestra, based in the New York metropolitan area, is an educational institution founded in 2007 by Bassam Saba, a world renowned multi-instrumentalist virtuoso, conductor and teacher of Arabic music in collaboration with April Centrone, the orchestra's lead percussionist. The orchestra brings together a culturally diverse group of musicians around a common passion: Arabic Music. The orchestra performs innovative interpretations of pieces from the classical Arabic repertoire, working with forms such as Sama’i, Bashraf, and Muwashah. It also features works by distinguished modern composers such as Mohammad Abdel Wahhab, The Rahbani Brothers, Farid al Atrach, and Marcel Khalifeh.

About ADC: 

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) is a civil rights organization committed to defending the rights of people of Arab descent and promoting their rich cultural heritage. ADC, which is non-profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the largest Arab-American grassroots organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former U.S. Senator James Aboure