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Commentary on David Elian and the Poem “Mam Shallou”

The poem "Mam Shallou" is used as the basis for the creation of an Operatorio with the same name for Mesopotamian Night 2017 production in San Jose.  In the article below, Mr. Marcel Josephson gives a historical and literary review of the poem. Mr. Marcel Josephson...

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Rabi David Elian Assyrian Poet, Writer, and Translator

We are delighted to announce that the Mesopotamian Night team is making good progress in bringing to life the work of prolific Assyrian writer David Elian (1910-2001) called “Maam Shallou” The article below first appeared in Melta Magazine in 2000 in Moscow. The...

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Aramaic Music in San Jose?!

Have heard of Aramaic? Do you know the difference between Aramaic and Armenian? Aramaic and Armenian are as different as Hebrew and Russian. Aramaic, like Hebrew, is a Semitic language of huge historical significance. Aramaic was the lingua franca of the Middle East...

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Modern Assyrian Music Choirs; A short timeline

The history of choirs can be traced to millennia before Christ. It is known that in ancient Assyria there were choirs accompanying musicians in processions. After converting to Christianity many kind of musical presentations disappeared. The first to bring music into...

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Elena Akopova to perform at Mesopotamian Night 2016

Our program inspires individuals such as pianist Elena Akopova who came to the US to continue her piano studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music under professor Mack McCray, and in the process reignited her passion for Assyrian history, culture, and...

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Introducing Mesopotamian Night Dance Ensemble 2015

2015 was a challenging year for Mesopotamian Night project. While we were trying to expand to other cities, produce a new show, we also worked on establishing brands for Folklore Orchestra as well as Dance. Under the artistic direction of Sherene Melania we are on our...

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