Join Karam Foundation for an evening of Syrian music & art at the Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.
The event will host an amazing performance called "Home Within" by Kinan Azmeh & Kivork Mourad followed by a panel discussion by NPR's Jerome Mcdonnell.
All proceeds will benefit Karam Foundation’s Innovative Education
programs for Syrian refugee children.
Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria’s rising stars. His utterly distinctive sound across different musical genres is now fast gaining international recognition. Born in Damascus, Kinan was the first Arab to win the premier prize at the 1997 Nicolai Rubinstein International Competition, Moscow. He is a member, as a composer and clarinet player, of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
Kevork Mourad was born in 1970 in Kamechli, a town in the upper reaches of Syria. Of Armenian origin, he received his MFA from the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts in Armenia. With his technique of spontaneous painting, he shares the stage with musicians. He has worked with many world class musicians and is a member, as a visual artist, of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.
Jerome McDonnell has hosted Worldview, WBEZ’s global affairs program, since 1994. Jerome joined WBEZ in 1984 as an intern thinking this would be a quick “Peace Corps like” broadcasting experience. But suddenly he was producing a business program and then a Saturday morning calendar program. These days his picture is in the dictionary under “public radio lifer." McDonnell produced the internationally focused program Midday with Sondra Gair and took over as host after Sondra passed away. For a few delusional moments in the mid 90s, Jerome was executive director of talk programming while simultaneously hosting Worldview, but he quickly swore off management responsibilities. Jerome believes broadcasting’s highest calling is to bring people together to make difference. He has the messiest desk at WBEZ and is Team Leader for Bike to Work Week.