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Crossing Strings: Jason Vieaux + Hanna Khoury + David Ludwig

Friday, June 7

World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

In this groundbreaking collaboration “Crossing Strings: Western Classics & Arabic Traditions,” classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, Arabic violinist Hanna Khoury and composer David Ludwig bridge Arabic and Western music traditions. They will be joined by percussionist Hafez El Ali Kotain.

The concert features the world premiere of David Ludwig’s “Kantigas,” a suite for violin, guitar and percussion based on songs from the Ladino (Judaeo-Spanish) tradition.

In addition, the virtuosic musicians will highlight Andalusian culture and its relationship to the Arabic world. Featured will be favorite works by Spanish composers Rodrigo, Albéniz and Tárrega, as well as the young Syrian composer Kinan Abou-afach and the great Palestinian-American composer Simon Shaheen.


$20 general admission
$15 students with ID
(plus venue processing fees)

The “Crossing Strings” project is funded in part by The Presser Foundation and the CHG Charitable Trust.

The project is also supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding for the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in this region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Additional support of the PPA partnership in Southeastern Pennsylvania is provided by PECO.

WXPN Friday Morning Arts Crawl

06/07/2013 -WXPN’s Bob Bumbera talks with LiveConnections curator Mary Javian about the “Crossing Strings” concert happening on June 7, 2013. [Listen]

Concert Program

06/07/2013 – Bios of the artists, plus works by Abou-afach, Albéniz, Baktagir, Piazzolla, Rodrigo, Shaheen, Tárrega and the world premiere of David Ludwig’s “Kantigas.” [Download]

Q&A with David Ludwig

06/05/2013 – Philadelphia composer David Ludwig has written for a diverse range of choral and instrumental ensembles around the world, earning him praise from top music critics. David’s “Kantigas” will receive its world premiere at our concert this Friday, June 7, so we caught up with him to hear a little more about the writing process and his inspiration for the new piece. [Read More]

Press Release

04/29/2013 — Music nonprofit LiveConnections is no stranger to innovative collaborations and boundary-crossing music. On June 6 and 7, LiveConnections presents a groundbreaking collaboration between classical guitarist Jason Vieaux, Arabic violinist Hanna Khoury and composer David Ludwig. [Read More]