HELPING SYRIA: Featuring Award-Winning Composer/Pianist MALEK JANDALI


The touch of the hand on the piano is the purest expression of the soul … Is it possible to create music compiled between melody based on the oldest music notation in the world, discovered in the ancient city of Ugarit, Syria dating back to 3400 B.C. and modern classical tunes? Yes, of course … when the creator is Malek Jandali!

Born in Germany to Syrian parents in 1972, he started his piano studies at the Jugendmusikschule, then at the Arab Conservatory of Music and the High Institute of Music in Damascus with Vladimir Zaritski and Victor Bunin from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. As a young child, Malek enjoyed all forms of art and at the age of 9 he appeared in his first public piano recital in his home town of Homs. Having studied classical piano from an early age, and despite his enthusiasm for the compositions of JS Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, he soon began displaying a gift of improvisation.

In 1995 he received a full scholarship to the United States to pursue advanced studies in music at the North Carolina School of the Arts with Eric Larsen. Active as a performer for many years, he decided to shift his attention to composition after graduating with a BA in music from Queens University. During his studies there under Paul Nitsch, he received numerous prizes including the Stegner Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and the 1997 Outstanding Musical Performer Award. He studied composition and orchestration with Eddie Horst, Harry Bulow, Lawrence Dillon and Richard Prior. In 2004, he completed his Master Degree from the University of North Carolina.

In the recording studio he has created an eclectic body of compositions. Malek has a deep interest in writing music for dramatic purposes and has often drawn upon visual images for musical inspiration. His compositions range from solo instrumental pieces to large ensemble and orchestral works. His music is dynamic, energetic and powerful, combining orchestra with piano and Arabic modes and melodies.

6:30 p.m. Admission for Dinner Table Seating
7:30 p.m. Admission for Balcony Seating

Tickets for Dinner and Concert can be obtained by calling 781-632-4492 or by email at zatassi@yahoo.com

**Balcony Seating:   Click to purchase tickets.

**Dinner tickets are not available from Mechanics Hall; Only Balcony Seating is available at the Mechanics Hall Box Office.

Tickets purchased after March 16th will be held at will call.
Last day to order tickets online: Friday, March 30th.

Mechanics Hall Box Office is open Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

508-752-0888 or 508-752-5608.

Balcony Seats do not have elevator access. If you have specific seating requirements, contact the Mechanics Hall Box Office Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 508-752-0888 or 508-752-5608.

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