We just completed our 22nd Arabic Music Retreat. This year’s talented participants ranged in age from nine to retirement. They came from across the U.S. and beyond. Thanks to the generosity of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee, a young Palestinian oud player was able to attend the Retreat for the first time.
Lots of learning and great music-making took place. New friendships were formed, and new collaborations began. This year the faculty performed on Tuesday night in Pratt Hall, followed by a participant only concert on Friday night. We also held a poignant memorial service for our founding staff member, the late George Manikas. We are looking forward to next year. The dates for the 23rd Retreat are August 3,10, 2019.