CAC Presents: Arabic Music Workshops

Arabic Music Workshops with Basam SabaThe Arabic Music Workshops will introduce students to the music of the Arab World. They are open to all levels of professional performers and college students. The 6-hour intensive workshops feature a rigorous program of improvisation, rhythm, ornamentation and ensemble. All instruments are welcome.

The workshops will culminate in a concert with the CAC Arabic Chamber Ensemble and the New York Arabic Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Bassam Saba on April 18 at the YMCA Theater in Cambridge, MA!

Workshop Dates: (all times 1:00 – 6:00 pm)
March 7th & 8th
March 21st & 22ndRegister Here
April 11th & 12th
April 17th & 18th
Concert: April 18th, 2015

Center for Arabic Culture
191 Highland Ave. Suit 6B.
Somerville, MA 02143

Workshop: $150 ($100/student rate)
Private lessons: $100/hour (students: $80/hour)
Workshop & private lesson: $225 (students: $160)

Bassam Saba of Lebanon is a world-renowned virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist, and
leading figure of Arabic music. Saba studied nay, ‘ud and violin at the Lebanon National Conservatory. He received his BA in Western Classical Music and Flute Performance at the Conservatoire Municipal des Gobelins in Paris, and Masters in Western Flute Performance and Music Education from the Gnessin Musical Pedagogical Institute in Moscow. Saba has toured extensively with diva of the Arab World, Fairouz, as well as Marcel Khalife, Simon Shaheen and Ziad Rahbani.

He has collaborated with classical and pop stars such as Yo-Yo Ma, Sting, Alicia Keys and Santana, and jazz icons such as Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. Saba, one of the most sought-after teachers of Arabic music, co-founded and directs the New York Arabic Orchestra. Saba has been invited to perform as a soloist for the Hanover Philharmonic, Qatar Philharmonic, Beirut Philharmonic, Zurich Orchestra and East Oakland Bay Symphony, among others.

For questions about music and workshops or private lessons, please contact Bassam Saba: or call 631-662-5464. For questions about registration, contact Alma Richeh at 617-893-1176 or

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