Habachy: Arabic Music - The Arab Contribution to Western Music at Metropolitan Museum of Art

02/01/12 Fifth Ave. @ 82nd St. Map

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Nimet Habachy, lecturer and author; Simon Shaheen, violinist and oudist. Without the brilliant, sophisticated music that informed the courts of Cairo, Baghdad, and Damascus, European music as we know it today would be quite different. Arabic music traveled west with Jewish troubadours and took root in Moorish Spain. With musical examples from both worlds performed live by Simon Shaheen, the renowned violinist and oudist, we trace the influence of music of the Arab world to Mozart's Magic Flute and The Abduction from the Seraglio. This event is presented in conjunction with the opening of the New Galleries for the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia. This talk is part of the Met Salon Series. Refreshments served. 6pm.

Venue Description: Sun.-Thurs., 10am-5:30pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-9pm. Recommended admission: $25.

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