World Music Concert Series

The World Music Series presents musicians of international stature representing diverse cultures in a series of public concerts at Brandeis University. In the intimate setting of Slosberg Recital Hall, each concert invites the audience to experience the history, cultural memories - indeed, the heart and soul of a people through the autobiographical narrative of music.

Brandeis Tickets
Tickets for the World Music Concert are $20 for the general public, $15 for the Brandeis community and $5 for students. For more ticket information, call 781-736-3331
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Home Within: A Live Audio-Visual Performance from Syria

Saturday, October 31 at 8:00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm with Dr. James Thompson: “Art, Beauty, and War: A Short History” (see link for Dr. Thompson's other events on campus)  
Reception and Post-concert discussion with the artists

What is the role of the arts in response to violence?  The beauty of a melody opens the heart, the line of a drawing provides new perspective…With the live painting/ music collaborative work “Home Within” as its centerpiece, this evening’s performance is an intimate, passionate and deeply personal artistic response to violent conflict. 

Also on the program: a premiere of a new work by Kinan Azmeh and film maker Khalil Younes for clarinet, electronics, and string quartet.

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Kinan Azmeh: composer, clarinet
Kevork Mourad: live illustrations, visuals
Khalil Younes: film maker, visual artist
Guest artists: Lydian String Quartet

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Korean Gugak – Soundscapes of the Soul

Two concerts:

Saturday, March 19 at 8:00 pm with preconcert talk with residency curator Dr. Hilary Finchum-Sung at 7:00 pm

Sunday, March 20 at 4:00 pm

Both concerts followed by a reception

With a range of expression that extends from the elegant banquet music of the courts to the soul-searing passion of pansori, Korean gugak is a window to the history and culture of a people. At the core of this stunningly beautiful and diverse repertoire are the sounds that accompany shaman ritual; from these emerge the ‘scattered melodies’ of sanjo, improvisation of the bluesy sinawi ensemble, and ultimately, the new gugak of the 21st century.


Lee Tae-baek: ajaeng, janggu
Yi Ji-young: gayageum
Won Wan-chul: daegeum
Lee Suk-joo: piri
Lim Hyeun-bin: pansori

With Hilary Finchum-Sung: residency curator, haegeum