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The Cogut Center for the Humanities welcomes internationally acclaimed pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar back to the Brown campus for the world-premiere screening of "Listening to the World: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Brown" on November 9 and a concert recital on November 10.


November 9

"Listening to the World: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Brown"
Film premiere and conversation

Grant Recital Hall
5:00 pm
Brown University

World premiere of this short documentary, produced by The Cogut Center for the Humanities and Udris Film, about the December 2006 residency of Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra. After the screening pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, Dean of the College Katherine Bergeron and Cogut Director Michael Steinberg will share their thoughts about that historic visit and the role of the humanities in bridging cultural differences on an international level.

A reception will follow.


November 10

Concert Recital: Saleem Abboud Ashkar

Sayles Hall
8:00 pm
Brown University

Internationally acclaimed pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar will perform a program of Brahms, Hayden, Beethoven and Chopin. Having made his New York Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 22, Mr. Abboud Ashkar performs regularly with conductors such as Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim, Riccardo Muti, Lawrence Foster, Sebastian Weigle and Vladimir Fedoseyev.

In December 2006, Mr. Abboud Ashkar was on campus with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and rehearsed Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 ("Emperor") with the Brown Orchestra. He is the piano soloist featured in the documentary "Listening to the World: Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Brown."

This event sponsored by the Cogut Center for the Humanities, Creative Arts Council, the Office of Campus Life, the President's Office, the Provost's Office, Office of Media Relations, Office of the Dean of Students and the Department of Music.

A reception will follow.


November 11

Master Class: Saleem Abboud Ashkar

Grant Recital Hall
2:00 pm
Brown University

Featuring students in the Applied Music Piano Program. This event it free and open to the public.