Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

UPA Hosts Spring Benefit Concert Supporting People of Gaza

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

UPA Hosts Spring Benefit Concert Supporting People of Gaza

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On May 6, United Palestinian Appeal (UPA) hosted its annual Spring Benefit Concert in support of the people of Gaza through the UPA Emergency Relief Fund. The concert featured selected works of the prolific Palestinian composer Amin Nasser, performed by world-renowned Palestinian pianist Fadi Deeb and rising Palestinian opera star Nour Darwish. Nasser, whose compositions were featured in the concert, has been a driving force in the advancement of classical music in Palestine. He draws inspiration from the works of Palestinian poets and artists, producing compositions highlighting and honoring their art and their struggles to create a homeland for their people. Nasser pioneered music that incorporated themes from his Palestinian-Arab heritage into a classical framework, becoming the first Palestinian composer to introduce classical compositions to his culture and to his country. …

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