1003BT RCC Professional Touring Artist Series: Rahim AlHaj presents Letters from Iraq
Saturday, 8:00 p.m., Feb. 24
Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods
Event limit: 20
In Letters from Iraq (Smithsonian Folkways, 2017), this two-time Grammy nominee’s eight compositions for oud, string quintet, and percussion convey the story of contemporary Baghdad from the fall of Saddam Hussein to the present day. AlHaj, one of the world’s most renowned oud masters, began writing the music after he read touching personal letters he received from Iraqi women and children during a 2014 trip to his homeland. This virtuoso musician has created chamber music that beautifully depicts a city in crisis but not without hope. “Unique combination of traditional and innovative performance techniques, AlHaj's spontaneous inventions are constantly fascinating.” — Los Angeles Times.
Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. A fee of $20, payable to OLLI at time of registration, will cover the cost of the ticket. Tickets will be reserved in your name and available for pick-up at the Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods Box Office. OLLI cannot guarantee a refund for this event once you have paid for your reservation.