october, 2021

202103oct4:00 pm5:30 pmReflections of the Arab WorldCONCERT with Crossing Borders Music

Event Details

Crossing Borders Music is a chamber ensemble that uses music to promote the dignity of people from all cultures. Reflections of the Arab World, celebrating composers from Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and the USA will be presented to the First Pres community on October 3 at 4:00 pm. Renowned oud player, Issa Boulos, and several of his new arrangements for oud and string quartet will be featured. The “oud” is a stringed instrument similar to the Western lute, but with Arabic roots. We are also honored and pleased to announce that Jordanian composer, Tarek Younis, has been commissioned to write a brand new work for the CBM string quartet. This work will premiere during the October 3 concert. You will not want to miss it!


First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights presents Crossing Borders Music in music for string quartet and oud from the Arab World! The program features the special guest artist Palestinian/American oud player, composer, arranger, ethnomusicologist, and teacher Issa Boulos performing his own brand new arrangements for string quartet and oud! The program also marks the world premiere of a string quartet commissioned by Crossing Borders Music of Jordanian composer Tarek Younis! And, Rasa Mahmoudian’s world premiere string quartet arrangement of the “International Refugees Anthem” by Syrian composer Arian Hu of Beijing, China! Works by Egyptian composer Gamal Abdel Rahim, American composer Mohammed Fairouz, Syrian-French composer Dia Succari, and the little-known String Quartet op. 7 by the exceptional Lebanese composer Toufic Succar, performed off the score provided to Crossing Borders Music by his wife Nenna Bakhtanassar (épouse Succar). This is not a program to miss!
We’d like to honor the diversity of opinions regarding the term “Arab World,” or “Levant.” In particular, we honor Toufic Succar’s request to be known specifically as a “Lebanese composer.”
Free and open to the public! Join us!
This program is presented by the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights with support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


sunday, october 3, 2021 4:00 pm - sunday, october 3, 2021 5:30 pm


First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights - The Sanctuary

302 N. Dunton, Arlington Heights, IL 60004