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AUK-Dartmouth Music Recital: An International Celebration of Talent

The Music Program of the American University of Kuwait (AUK) and Dartmouth College, one of the premiere "Ivy League" universities in the USA, presented a collaborative music recital at 7pm on Sunday, October 24th in the AUK Auditorium Liberal Arts Building, Salmiya Campus. Advanced student musicians from both distinguished institutions, accompanied by faculty, performed vocal and instrumental solo and chamber works, demonstrating the great potential for continued cultural collaboration between AUK and Dartmouth.

The recital was well attended by the public, AUK students, faculty and staff as well as members of the AUK Board of Trustees and the Dartmouth-AUK Relationship Coordinator Dr. Dale Eickelman as well as Executive Director of the Dartmouth College-AUK Project Laurel Stavis. AUK President Dr. Winfred Thompson gave a short welcoming speech where he stressed the importance of music as an international language.

Dr. Lisa Urkevich, Coordinator of the AUK Music Program, said "We were so pleased by the positive response we received following the 3rd AUK-Dartmouth recital on Sunday evening. The audience was enthralled by the impressive program that included not only challenging compositions, but much instrumental variety. I am delighted to say that once again, both the talent and collaborative spirit of AUK and Dartmouth College produced a brilliant evening."

Encouraged by the success of the First and Second Dartmouth-AUK recitals last year, this concert featured a variety of vocal and ensemble pieces, including violin, flute, and piano, featuring the compositions of Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, and Mozart, among others.

Laurel Stavis said, "It is gratifying to see how these concerts have become a tradition at AUK. Traditions symbolize the vitality of universities. The AUK- Dartmouth Concerts are a vivid example of how strong traditions bring the entire university community together."

AUK President: Dr. Winfred Thompson

A duet classical performance for Christina Chen(piano) and Sara Soliman (Flute).

From Left: Elena Tsenkova (Piano), Anna Karadimitrova (vocal).

From Left: Elena Tsenkova (Piano), Anna Karadimitrova (vocal), Markovic Dragan (Violin), Dagmara Bienias (Flute), Sara Soliman (Flute).

From Left: Anna Karadimitrova, Samih Damerji Ali H Atesh, Christina Chin (Piano), Markovic Dragan (Violin), Salem Al Mathkour (Violin).

A group Performance of classical works.

A group photo of the performers with The AUK President, Board of Trustees, Representatives of Dartmouth College, Dean of Arts &Sciences, and Coordinator of the Music Program.

Released by the PR & Marketing Department on the 27th October 2010

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