Don’t miss out: Kinan Azmeh is performing with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra on Nov. 13

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The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra continues to lend a helping hand in the 10th year of their Concerts for a Cause series. The next performance in this series entitled, United in Music, features Grammy Award-winning clarinetist, Kinan Azmeh and Concerto Competition winners. All ticket sales will go to charity.

Benefit Syrian refugees

While the international soloist will bring the music of his native Syria to the stage, this concert fittingly serves as a fundraiser for Refugee Support Services, to bolster awareness and programs that benefit Syrian refugees. Along with Kinan Azmeh, the program features Concerto Competition winners, Sarah Austin (mezzo-soprano), Alex Harrelson (tenor) and Max Rollfinke and Ben Haden (trumpets).

Free demonstration and lecture

Kinan Azmeh will also deliver a free demonstration and lecture at 11:05 a.m. during Common Hour in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room located in the Alvarez College Union, on November 13.

Photo by Connie Tsang

About the Orchestra

With an ensemble of approximately 50 auditioned student musicians, less than five percent of the Symphony Orchestra major in music. It is an outstanding opportunity for students with diverse backgrounds to rehearse and perform in a collaborative setting while they expand their music knowledge, gain experience and hone their technical skills.

About the Concerto Competition

The Davidson College Symphony Orchestra annually selects soloists to be featured in their November concert through their Concerto Competition, held in September. A panel of judges whom are unaffiliated with the Music Department selects the winners. This year, the winners to be featured in November are: Sarah Austin, Alex Harrelson, Max Rollfinke and Ben Haden.

About Kinan Azmeh


Called “Intensely Soulful” by the New York Times and “Spellbinding” by the New Yorker, Kinan Azmeh’s distinct sound spreads across musical genres and has earned him well-deserved international recognition. He has toured the world making countless appearances as a soloist, composer and improviser, including appearances with the New York Philharmonic, the Syrian Symphony Orchestra, at the Opera Bastille in Paris and at Tchaikovsky Grand Hall in Moscow to name a few. He has shared the stage with other great talents including Yo-Yo Ma, Marcel Khalife, Anyur, Daniel Barenboim and Jivan Gasparian.

His compositions include works for soloists, orchestra and chamber ensembles as well as film, live illustration and electronics. Included in his discography are three albums with his ensemble, Hewar, soundtracks for film and dance, a duo album with pianist, Dinuk Wijeratne and an album with his New York Arabic/Jazz quartet, the Kinan Azmeh City Band. He is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble whom he won a Grammy with in 2017.

Kinan Azmeh is a graduate of Julliard as a student of Charles Neidich, and of both the Damascus High Institute of Music where he studied with Shukry Sahwki, Nicolay Viovanof and Anatoly Moratof, and Damascus University School of Electrical Engineering in Syria. In 2013, Kinan also earned his doctorate degree in music from the City University of New York.

The Details

Where: Duke Family Performance Hall, Knobloch Campus Center

When: Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Tickets: Senior: $9.32, General Public: $13.99, Faculty/Staff: $9.32, Youth/Student: $4.66. All sales go to charity. For tickets, call 704-894-2135.

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