The Assyrian Aid Society of America celebrated the Tenth Annual Mesopotamian Night Event October 7, 2017, at the California Theater in San Jose, California
For over a quarter of a century, The Assyrian Aid Society of America has contributed millions of dollars to humanitarian efforts for Assyrians around the world. And for over a decade, we have presented the works of our legendary musicians, lyricists, poets, and vocalists to support this cause. We created hope where there was once none and vowed that our ancient culture, language and arts would survive and prosper from generation to generation.
On October 7th, 2017 at the historic California Theater in San Jose CA, we celebrated the tenth year anniversary of Mesopotamian Night.
The Mesopotamian Night Choral Ensemble & Symphony Orchestra led by conductor John Kendall Bailey presented Giuseppe Verdi’s “Pensiero” from the Opera Nabucco, translated masterfully by Rabi Yosip Bet Yosip. Sung for the first time in the Assyrian language.
This year featured the musical play “Operatorio Maam Shallou” – based on a poem by the prolific Assyrian writer David Elian (1910 – 2001), which depicts the ordinary life in an Assyrian village and the struggle between good and evil. The poem was first published in Moscow in 1938, we decided to make some modifications to it and commission Rev. Samuel Khangaldy to compose the music.
Back by popular demand, and for the second year in a row, we were proud to present Linda George featuring a new repertoire of her most popular songs accompanied by the Mesopotamia Symphony Orchestra.
We appreciate your attendance and support of the most successful humanitarian and artistic event of our time: Mesopotamian Night.”