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New Year Concert with Mohamad Hamami, Sharq Orchestra and Special Guest Charbel Rouhana

Mohamad Hamami and Sharq Orchestra to be joined by Oud Player Charbel Rouhana for New Year Concert at DUCTAC

Violinist Mohamad Hamami and the Dubai-based Sharq Orchestra are once again returning to DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates to delight music lovers with their captivating interpretations of Arabic classics and their own compositions. Hamami and his orchestra will be joined by special guest performer Charbel Rouhana at DUCTAC’s Centrepoint Theatre for a concert guaranteed to enthral and entertain music fans of all persuasions.

The show, which takes place on Friday 13th January, will be Sharq’s third annual New Year Concert at DUCTAC following Essence of Arabia in 2010 and last year’s hugely sucessful show featuring special guest Marwan Khoury.

Charbel Rouhana is regarded by many as Lebanon’s finest oud player; this will be his second appearance with Sharq, and the combination of their masterful playing and the charismatic leadership of Mohamad Hamami is sure to be compelling and mesmerizing.

When Mohamad Hamami created Sharq Orchestra in 2008, the unique concept brought together 45 musicians from 22 nations with the aim of bringing music in general, and Arabic music in particular, to a wider audience. Hamami leads, conducts and plays solo violin with his orchestra, and describes Sharq music as “orchestral in shape, classical in technique and lively at heart.”

Charbel Rouhana was drawn to the oud, the most popular string instrument in Middle Eastern music, because it reflected the oriental ambience of his beloved homeland. He is the author of eight books describing modern styles, techniques and methods of oud playing, and is a teacher at USEK (The Holy Spirit University) and at Lebanon’s National Conservatory of Music. Rouhana won the Murex d’Or (Musician of the Year) in 2000 and was awarded First Prize at the 1990 Hirayama, Japan competition for the composition Hymn of Peace.

New Year Concert is part of DUCTAC’s Season 11/12, a multidisciplinary arts festival featuring a host of high-calibre artists and performers from around the globe. SEASON 2011/12 includes visual art, music, dance, drama and film events providing the community with a rich cultural programme throughout the winter.

New Year Concert with Mohamad Hamami, Sharq Orchestra and Special Guest Charbel Rouhana

Dates: Friday 13th January 2012
Venue: Centrepoint Theatre, DUCTAC, Mall of the Emirates
VIP: AED 500
Stalls: AED 300 & AED 200
Balcony: AED 150
Student: AED 50
Time: 8.00pm
Contact: +971 4 341 4777 or

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