A Dialogue of Music
A Dialogue of Music

A Dialogue of Music

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Date(s) - 06/01/2018
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Luella Bennack Music Center

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On January 6th, the National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble will be joining the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) and Music Director, Troy Peters, for an evening “Dialogue of Music.”

The National Arab Orchestra Takht Ensemble (NAOTE) was founded in 2010 as the NAO’s premiere traditional ensemble performing some of Arab music’s finest classical repertoire. This ensemble is comprised of instruments such as: “oud” (Arab lute), “qunun” (Arab zither), nay (Arab reed flute), violin, riqq (Arab tambourine), table (Arab goblet drum), and bass.

The NAOTE performs classical and contemporary Arab music otherwise known as tarab music. Tarab music is characterized by its melodic modes known as maqamat (sing, maqam) and complex rythmic modes (iqa’at). It is also distinguished by the art of improvisation, or taqasim, during which a musician outlines a melodic mode and/or modulates to other related modes. The audience plays an extremely important role in tarab music, since listeners (sami’ah) will often respond with applause during and after a musician’s improvised solos.