Libby presents Middle Eastern concert/lecture

Jul 19, 2019
Amos Libby

BELFAST — On Saturday, July 27, at 7 p.m., the Belfast Area Friends (Quaker) Meeting and the First Baptist Church of Belfast are pleased to present distinguished artist Amos Libby in a concert - lecture on conditions in Palestine. The event will take place in the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church, 95 High St.

A native of Portland, Libby is currently an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Bowdoin College where he directs the Bowdoin Middle Eastern Ensemble. He plays the oud, an ancient stringed instrument of Persian origin, and studied privately with faculty members of the Conservatoire Nationale de Musique Arabe in Rabat, Morocco and Istanbul Conservatory in Turkey. Libby studied Arabic language at Qalam Wa Lawh Institute in Morocco and Middlebury Arabic Language School (as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace in the Study of Critical Languages).

Libby has become fluent in colloquial Palestinian Arabic, and has traveled often to the city of Al-Khalil in West Bank Palestinian Territories since 2014 as a volunteer educator. He has conducted extensive interviews with ordinary Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in towns, villages and refugee camps. Libby will share evocative photographic documentation of the reality of Palestinian life in the West Bank, along with music that resonates with him through his experiences.

Everyone is welcome, and refreshments will be served. A suggested donations of $10 individual and $20 family will benefit the Ramallah Friends School in the West Bank.

For more information, please call Diane Oltarzewski at 338-1502.

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