Scholars for Syria Presents Mariela Shaker, violin

7:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2018

Krannert Fine Arts Building, Wheeler Concert Hall, University of Evansville Campus, 1800 Lincoln Ave, Evansville, IN

Girl leaning on wall holding a fiddle. The University of Evansville Department of Music, Scholars for Syria, and Friends of UE Music invite you to join them in an evening of music and humanity! Guest artist and Syrian violinist Mariela Shaker performs a recital with UE faculty pianist Professor Garnet Ungar.

Mariela Shaker is from Aleppo, Syria, and she started playing the violin at the age of 10. She left Syria at age 22 in 2013 after receiving a scholarship to study music performance at Monmouth College in Illinois, and was later awarded a full scholarship for her master’s in music performance at DePaul University.

In June 2015, Mariela performed at the Kennedy Center and was named a Champion of Change for World Refugees by President Obama. Recent engagements also include the International Rescue Committee to perform for Queen Rania of Jordan in 2016.

Mariela will receive the Anne Frank Award and perform at their gala in New York City in June 2018. She has also been performing and speaking with UNHCR worldwide as a high-profile supporter.

This talented artist uses music to build bridges, promote peace, and raise awareness for the plight of the Syrian people, using her music and her voice to support her fellow refugees in need. Her performance at UE will be followed by a presentation on advocacy for refugees. We sincerely hope you can join us for this exciting and enlightening evening of music and humanity!

The program is free and open to the public.

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