“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.
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.