Join the Center for World Music for a delightful evening of Middle Eastern classical music with violinist and singer Luay Yousif, guitarist Jack Tamas, and drummer Omar Alchi. Luay will present traditional songs and instrumentals of the Middle East as well as his own original compositions. A sought-after singer throughout North America, he sings in Aramaic in the Chaldean (Christian) tradition of Iraq.
This is the third of an eight-concert series in the Center for World Music’s Passport to Worlds of Music 2018-19 Season.
About Luay Yousif
Luay Yousif was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1979. As a student at the Institute for Artistic Studies, he studied violin and earned a Diploma of Art with honors. He also studied music at the College of Performing Arts, until he left Iraq in 2004.
Yousif was a member of the famed Iraqi Symphony Orchestra for four years, during which he studied violin with Professor Fouad Ritha AlSadan. In 2003 the orchestra traveled to Washington D.C. where he performed with the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Yousif was a member of the Iraqi Choral Choir of the Iraqi Ministry of Education and also a member of the Association of Iraqi Artists.
Yousif arrived in the United States in 2007, residing in San Diego where he serves as Director of Music for St. Peter’s Chaldean Catholic Cathedral in Rancho San Diego. In addition to performing at music festivals and other events, he is a composer and an arranger of Chaldean rhythms, lyrics, and traditional songs. He has recorded four vocal albums.
Luay Yousif has played violin with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, the City Ballet Orchestra, the Dana Point Symphony, and the Pacific Lyric Opera. In 2014 he was a featured artist for the “Your Song, Your Story” San Diego Symphony concerts where he performed one of his own composition alongside the symphony.
This program will be an intimate concert, providing the audience the opportunity to interact with the artists.
6:30pm – Doors open. Light refreshments served prior to the performance.
7:00pm – Performance begins.
We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Because of the intimate and informal nature of the space, seating is limited to 35 guests. A small number of tickets will be sold at the door.
Online Processing Fee $2
Financial support is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.
Kalabash School of Music and the Arts
5725 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
Jan 26, 2019
6:30pm – Doors open. Light refreshments served. 7:00pm – Performance begins.
Tickets $20 + Online Processing Fee $2
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