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Composer Kareem Roustom

It's not often that we have the opportunity to welcome a living composer into our midst, but that's indeed the case as Emmy-nominated composer Kareem Roustom joins us to talk about his clarinet concerto Adrift on the Wine-dark Sea. Inspired by Homer’s classic epic The Odyssey and Melissa Fleming's A Hope More Powerful Than The Sea (a harrowing story from the Syrian Refugee Crisis), Kareem's concerto is a meditation on the nature of survival and hope in the face of despair. Local concert-goers have a chance to hear it live from the Toledo Symphony and "intensely soulful" (NY Times) clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, in a program which also features Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and another modern work, Errollyn Wallen's Mighty River - which is based in part on the hymn tune New Britain (familiar as the melody of Amazing Grace).

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