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Presented By: University Musical Society (UMS)

Marcel, Rami, and Sary Khalife: Legacy

(Presented by UMS)

Marcel Khalife Marcel Khalife
Marcel Khalife
Legendary Lebanese composer, singer, and oud master Marcel Khalife returns to Ann Arbor for the first time in 20 years in this program titled “Legacy.” He is joined by his son, virtuoso pianist Rami Khalife, and his nephew, cellist Sary Khalife.

Often referred to as the “Bob Dylan” of the Middle East and revered as a cultural icon in the Arab World, Marcel Khalife is deeply attached to the text of great contemporary Arab poets; he is an innovator in Arab music who draws upon traditional forms and blends Western elements to create an evocative sound that has captivated audiences around the world. Marcel Khalife’s extensive body of work transcends his lyrical works to encompass groundbreaking oud compositions, orchestral and choral works, music for dance, and concertos for a variety of traditional Arabic instruments.

The cross-generational Khalife trio will perform a selection of Marcel’s revered classics that endeared him to millions in the Arab World, with new arrangements alongside original compositions. Sary Khalife masterfully incorporates the Arabic quarter tone on his cello, seamlessly weaving Arabic and Western sounds, while Rami’s pianistic skills combine his classical training from The Juilliard School with a “Keith-Jarrett-like approach to jazz and improvisation.” (Daily Telegraph, Australia)

Presented in partnership with the Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs
Marcel Khalife Marcel Khalife
Marcel Khalife

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  • Starting at $14 (+ fees) Student tickets go on sale Mon Aug 28.

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