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AUK-Dartmouth Music Recital: An Evening of Enchantment

The Music Program of the American University of Kuwait (AUK) in collaboration with Dartmouth College, one of the premiere "Ivy League" universities of the USA, presented a stellar music recital at 7pm on Monday 14 November in the AUK Auditorium Liberal Arts Building, Salmiya Campus. Before a packed house of an audience of over 300, advanced student musicians from both distinguished institutions, accompanied by faculty, performed an exciting repertoire of vocal and instrumental solo and chamber works, demonstrating the continued success of AUK's cultural collaboration with Dartmouth.

The concert, which was the fourth AUK-Dartmouth recital, featured great variety, including works by Chopin, Haydn, Fauré, Mozart, and Verdi. Music professionals, Drs. Elena Tsenkova (piano) and Feruza Kadirova (violin), and Professors Anna Karadimitrova (voice), Agnieszka Fajga (cello), and Dagmara Galas (flute) showcased both their and their students' talents. The Dartmouth intern at AUK Shloka Kini, playing guitar, accompanied AUK student Sara Suliman (flute) on two pieces. Ms. Kini went on to perform a Kuhlau solo piano sonatina, and then joined the full ensemble as a singer in the finale Schubert Serenade.

Outstanding AUK instrumental students included Faisal Al-Bahairi (piano), who opened the evening with a charming Chopin waltz. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar (guitar) next mesmerized the crowd with a classical Spanish piece. Featured on three works, including a duet with Professor Dagmara Galas, was the advanced student Sara Suliman (flute). Sarah Al-Ajmi (piano) presented a lovely Nielsen composition, and Alaa Buqammaz joined Dr. Tsenkova in a fiesty piano duet version of Mozart's Symphone 40, 1st movement. A show-stopper of the evening was the impressive Bach Double Violin Concerto performed by talented AUK student Salem Almathkour along with Dr. Feruza Kadirova, accompanied by Dr. Tsenkova on piano.

A highlight of the evening included vocal students Bashayer Al-Saad, Khaldah Al-Rowdan, Sarah Al-Arbeed, and Zainab Al-Sammak. Their spirited rendition of an American folksong thrilled all. The "Kuwaiti Three Tenors"--Ali Atesh, Nader Abdullah, Yousef Al-Jenai--took the stage next with a crowd-pleasing version of Verdi's "La donna e mobile."

Political science professor Dr. George Irani joined lead soprano Prof. Anna Karadimitrova in a Penella duet, rousing great cheer from the students in the audience. The grand finale piece included all professional instrumentalists and student singers, leaving the audience wanting more.

"This may have been our best concert yet," said Dr. Lisa Urkevich, Coordinator of the Music Program. "The quality of the performances gets better and better each year. The AUK Music Program is certainly making an impact, not just on campus, but in the community. In fact, I was delighted to see so many students in attendance who came from other universities and high schools, all interested in the quality of our program."

The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is an independent, private, equal opportunity, and co-educational liberal arts institution of higher education. The educational, cultural and administrative structure, methods and standards of AUK are based on the American model of higher learning. The lanuage of instruction is English.

AUK and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire (USA) have worked closley together since 2003, when the two institutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding that facilitated a serios of advisory, consultative and cooperative projects. Dartmouth College is a member of the group of universities in the United States known as the "Ivy League", more information on Dartmouth College can be found at www.dartmouth.edu.

Images from the Event

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 17th November 2011

Photography by the Office of Public Affairs (C) 2011

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