AN ASSYRIAN MUSIC MAKER

By Obelit YadgarI first heard Rev. Samuel Khangaldy’s music at the 2009 Mesopotamian Nights production. It was the overture from the oratorio Gilgamesh and it was good stuff. The overture, about 15 minutes or so long, uses long and luscious lines in the tradition of...
A MUSICAL FEAST FOR 2013

A MUSICAL FEAST FOR 2013

By Obelit YadgarFrom the beginning, the Mesopotamian Nights productions have served a feast of Assyrian musical gems backed by a big symphony orchestra. With new operas performed in Assyrian to ballets danced in dazzling traditional costumes, the musical events have...

A CHAT WITH FRED ELIEH

By Obelit Yadgar(Photo Courtesy of Joseph Hakobi)Through the years I have had the joy of discovering, for myself, a cast of exciting Assyrian composers, arrangers and musicians. The Rev. Samuel Khangaldy, George Somi, Edwin Elieh, among others, comprise a lineup of...

MESOPOTAMIAN NIGHT REFLECTIONS

In the following article, Obelit Yadgar summarizes better than everyone else, the vision behind our Mesopotamian Night project. We are glad, he is back contributing to what he has passion for: promoting Assyrian Performing Arts.By: Obelit YadgarI have been part of...

A CHAT WITH NINOS AND SHAMIRAM HEROINE

Ninos and Shamiram, a cantata for soprano, tenor and orchestra, by the French composer Michel Bosc, set to the poem by Yosip Bet Yosip, highlights the classical portion of the Mesopotamian Night gala performance. The cantata, sung in Assyrian, recreates a memorable...

MUSICAL BANQUET

Assyrians once were a mighty empire whose rule reached far beyond Mesopotamia. Their arts and sciences, their culture dazzled the known world and became the model for nations to emulate.Then, in 612 B.C., the Assyrian empire fell, never to rise again. The magnificent...