- Title: International musicians perform with local artists in Jordanian orchestra
- Date: 16th January 2017
- Summary: AMMAN, JORDAN (JANUARY 15, 2017) (REUTERS) MUSICIANS TAKING POSITIONS ON STAGE MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE SEATED FOR PERFORMANCE
- Embargoed: 30th January 2017 11:59
- Keywords: orchestra musicians Oberlin students culture classical jazz
- Location: AMMAN, JORDAN
- City: AMMAN, JORDAN
- Country: Jordan
- Topics: Arts/Culture/Entertainment,Music
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZBVKGL
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The universal language of music brought together Jordanian and American artists, who all performed together on stage in Amman on Sunday (January 15).
Members of the Jordanian National Orchestra Association and Jordanian artist Attallah Hindeileh joined musicians from USA's Oberlin Conservatory of Music in the show: 'Musical Crossroads: Melodies from the U.S. and the Orient'.
They performed traditional Arabic songs to honour the renowned late Egyptian singer Abd Al Halim Hafeth and also played western musical pieces throughout the show.
Singer Hindeileh described music as an effective tool to combat extremist ideologies.
"This is an opportunity to participate in different countries because the language of music and the sympathy and compassion between nations as well as the music exchange will decrease the level of extremist ideology. We want to live with peace and love. A human being has to love his brother and I think if music is taught at schools in Arab countries it will alleviate so much of the extremism," he said.
The performance was well attended by Jordanians and expatriates who enjoyed the musical evening.
Mona al Khalilah, a violinist with the Jordanian National Orchestra Association, said music helps to bring people together.
"There are many people that believe music is not important or a priority but music brings everyone together. When you are upset or annoyed you listen to something and it is not necessary for it to be a western work, any beautiful song makes your psychological side much better. It (music) has to be more important and we need more opportunities to listen to music. If God is willing, peace will prevail and we will be able to do perform more," she said.
The one day performance was held at Amman's Terra Sancta College Theatre.
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