Anthems of the World – Boston Landmarks Orchestra premieres Roustom

“Fired by local pride, some of Western music’s most passionate works are closely identified with their cultures of origin.” 

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra is a summertime tradition for Boston residents. Founded in 2001, the orchestra is comprised of local professional musicians. On August 9, the ensemble shared a concert of music from across the globe. From Sibelius’ Finlandia to Marquez’s Danzon No. 2, the concert featured a wide variety of works for audiences.

Kareem Roustom
Kareem Roustom

The world premiere of Kareem Roustom‘s Aleppo Songs was included in the performance. Originally scored for solo piano, the piece is a reflection of on urban folk songs from Aleppo (known as qudud). Roustom wrote Aleppo Songs with three particular goals in mind:

1) Raise awareness of Aleppo issues and those affected by war.

2) Share the region’s music and culture with new audiences.

3) Raise money for organizations devoted to helping refugees.

Source: Current Season – Landmarks Orchestra

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