St. Louis Symphony Group to Play for Local Refugees Tomorrow


The Strings of Arda at a previous performance. - COURTESY OF THE ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
  • The Strings of Arda at a previous performance.
If you think the U.S. presidential election has been stressful, imagine living through it as a refugee from a Muslim country. Donald Trump has blasted Syrian refugees and, more recently, those from Somalia — suggesting that allowing them to come here puts the nation at risk for terrorism. And settlement in St. Louis has had its own challenges, including tough living conditions and north city crime.

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A world music group affiliated with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Strings of Arda, aims to provide a break from all that tomorrow, with a welcome concert for refugees and immigrants. Performed at SLACO, the afternoon performance will have a particular focus on music from Syria and Somalia.

Muscial selections include "New Somalia," "Love in Damascus," "Koktel Teglayt Aroos" (from Palestine), "Moj Dilbere" (from Bosnia) and "Sat Ti Sara Basca," from Romania.  And while that probably doesn't mean anything to you, to the audience, it will sound like home.

Strings of Arda features six musicians from the St. Louis Symphony; the concert is being offered as part of its Music Without Boundaries program, which also brings refugees and immigrants to Powell Hall for performances.

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