Iraqi oud legend Naseer Shamma to perform series of online concerts 

Iraqi oud legend Naseer Shamma to perform series of online concerts 
The oud player will perform on May 13, June 3 and June 17. (AFP)
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Updated 12 May 2020

Iraqi oud legend Naseer Shamma to perform series of online concerts 

Iraqi oud legend Naseer Shamma to perform series of online concerts 

DUBAI: After the success of his online concert last month, Iraqi musician Naseer Shamma’s soothing tunes will once again entertain the audience while they stay at home. 

The oud player will perform on May 13, June 3 and June 17 live with his students from Bait Al-Oud, a music school that he founded in Abu Dhabi 10 years ago.

“I have found that one of the best ways to deliver the message of hope is through music,” Shamma was cited by state news agency WAM. “The ‘Visits from Bait Al Oud’ series has enabled my friends and me to safely be invited into homes around the world to share a message of hope and solidarity.”

The students will each perform remotely from their homes from all over the world, and are expected to play a wide range of instruments including the oud, violin, qanoon, vocal and cello.

During June 3’s “Bait Al Oud and Abu Dhabi Classics: Universal Mozart” concert, Shamma and Bait Al-Oud musicians will play Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s pieces, with a special focus on compositions inspired by the Arab World.

On June 17, “Bait Al Oud’s Tribute to Classical Arabic Singing,” Shamma and “his friends,” as he says, will pay tribute to the greatest Arabic voices – from the Egyptian legendary singer Umm Kulthum to Lebanese superstar Fairuz.

The concerts will stream on Abu Dhabi Culture’s YouTube channel at 8:30 p.m., UAE time.

A world-renowned maestro from Iraq, Shamma is a distinguished oud player who has received more than 60 awards and accolades and released albums in Italy, Egypt, Algeria and the United Kingdom with more than 60 compositions.

Shamma is also the UNESCO Artist for Peace and Goodwill Ambassador to the International Red Crescent and Red Cross Societies.