January 24, 2020

On January 24, 2020, Rose Center invites Lakeway residents to immerse themselves in the vibrant sounds of the Middle East with a Music at the Rose performance by Sawt al-Wadi, formerly known as the University of Tennessee Middle East Ensemble, directed by ensemble member, Dr. Lillie Gordon.

Regarding the concert, Dr. Gordon continues, “Audiences can expect to hear a combination of vocal and instrumental pieces from different countries and communities in the region. Our group features a combination of historic Arab instruments, such as the ‘ud (short-necked lute) and darabukkah (goblet-shaped drum), and European instruments such as the violin and accordion. Our repertoire includes everything from songs featured in classic movies to art pieces to contemporary popular songs. Some of our repertoire is intended for careful listening, while other pieces are vivacious and may even inspire our audience members to dance.”

Tickets for the concert are $10 in advance through 5 PM, January 23rd, then $12 at the door. The concert will take place in Prater Hall with table seating. Guests are permitted to bring their favorite beverages and delicious snacks. Music at the Rose is generously supported by the Friends of Music at the Rose and a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Inquiries should be directed to the Rose Center Business Office, 423-581-4330.