Have heard of Aramaic? Do you know the difference between Aramaic and Armenian? Aramaic and Armenian are as different as Hebrew and Russian. Aramaic, like Hebrew, is a Semitic language of huge historical significance.
Our luck this year has changed and Assyrian recording artist and composer Linda George will be performing some of her most popular songs live for the first time accompanied by the Mesopotamian Night Symphony Orchestra.
The history of choirs can be traced to millennia before Christ. It is known that in ancient Assyria there were choirs accompanying musicians in processions. After converting to Christianity many kind of musical presentations disappeared.
Our program inspires individuals such as pianist Elena Akopova who came to the US to continue her piano studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under professor Mack McCray, and in the process reignited her passion for Assyrian history, culture, and identity.
Modern Aramaic makes a comeback as a language of entertainment By Eden Naby In 2007 when at the FEL annual conference (Kuala Lumpur) the participants adopted a resolution recognizing Aramaic as the oldest continuously written and spoken language of the Middle East, Assyrians, the main speakers of modern Aramaic, were already on the run for their lives in Iraq.
The story of "Badri" the little eleven years old Assyrian girl, who witnessed the exodus of her people from Urmi on the eve of July 18, 1918, is coming to life on stage at the Caliornia Theatre in San Jose, CA, on August 1, 2015. This Assyrian literature masterpiece was created by the late John Alkhas.
Three of the most distinct Assyrian female voices singing the most inspirational songs of the living legend Ashur Bet Sargis. Having hand picked the songs himself, Ashur offers his perspective on solidarity, nationalism, and the continuation of hope through his lyrics. He is not only one of the most popular Assyrian singers, but also one of our most brilliant lyricists. In addition, this past year amidst the struggles of our people in Iraq and Syria with ISIS, Ashur made several trips to the home land to give first hand accounts of the struggle and assist in providing humanitarian aid to those in need.
Three nights ago, an Assyrian-Syrian 23 year-old violin virtuoso, performed a solo show at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington DC. Then on June 25, 2015, Mariela Shaker, was at the White House to be honored by the President of the United States of America, receiving the prestigious title of becoming 2015’s CHAMPION OF CHANGE, from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees(UNHCR).
In a period of one year, the talented singer/songwriter Rachel Sarah Thomas has performed at the Mesopotamian Night concerts in three different cities. Her debut was in Oct. 2014 at the Chicago event, the second was last May 2015 in Los Angeles and on August 1, 2015 she will be in San Jose, California to perform at the 8th annual Mesopotamian Night at the California Theater. She is to perform her adaptation of the legendary Assyrian singer Ashur BetSargis songs.
Mesopotamian Night is pleased to bring to the stage from Europe the legendary Assyrian recording artist Ninib Lahdo, originally from Syria, known for his stylistic Eastern repertoire