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Issam Rafea and Gao Hong Duo in Minneapolis

October 24, 2019 @ 3:30 pm

Thursday, October 24

Issam Rafea and Gao Hong present “The Blending of Ancient Souls from Syria and China” Free and Open to the Public

Fresh off appearances at the Smithsonian that left audience members at the edge of their seats, the Issam Rafea and Gao Hong Duo are retuning to Minnesota for three free concerts in three days.

Syrian oud master Issam Rafea and Chinese pipa master Gao Hong perform live improvisations blending Chinese and Arabic techniques in a performance titled “The Blending of Ancient Souls from Syria and China.” Since they never discuss what they will play in advance, no two performances are ever the same. Each concert is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and audiences witness singular creations that come to life before their very eyes and ears – but are never to be repeated again. Response from their recent performances at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., included:

“You’ve changed my life, opened my heart and spirit!”

“I really was impressed to feel, listen and watch you two creating something sublime, full of joy and in a profound way, capable of awakening the audience spiritually. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like your music allowed all of us to transcend ourselves and be exceptionally present in those moments of creation.”

“…you two move Kandinsky’s spiritual pyramid upwards…which is the true purpose of all art and artists.”

I hope you can join them at one or more of their Minnesota concerts. All events are free and open to the public and held in fully accessible venues. Seating is limited.

* This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


October 24, 2019
3:30 pm