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Presented By: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+)

Music of Arab America

This lecture will be online

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The music of Arab American communities over the last 100-plus years shows a constant navigation of tradition and innovation. The first half of this presentation introduces some of the core elements of Arab music with examples and demonstrations before moving to an overview of how these musical ideas evoke both memory and novelty. The musical history shows creativity and adaptation alongside the assertion of a communal identity, forces that can be in tension, especially as musicians target larger audiences.

Christopher Witulski is an assistant teaching professor of ethnomusicology at Bowling Green State University. He is the author of two books on music and religion in Morocco (The Gnawa Lions, Indiana University Press and Focus: Music and Religion of Morocco, Routledge Press) and teaches on topics related to Arab music. His recent work is building a collaborative project exploring music within Arab America.

This is the fourth lecture of a six-lecture series. The subject of the series is Music in Detroit and Michigan: The Legend Continues. The next lecture in the series will take place March 31, 2022. The title is The History and Influence of Motown Music. Learn from well-known experts about an array of interesting subjects, with an interactive Q&A period following each lecture.

Preregistration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the lecture will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the lecture.
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  • Day pass is $10. Six lecture series is $35.

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March 24, 2022 (Thursday) 10:00am
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