Bethlehem, West Bank
Last week, Palestine refugee children from the occupied Palestinian territory, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria came together to perform in a live satellite concert. Playing traditional music, the concert created solidarity among the children and friendships where none were possible in the past.
The West Bank portion of the program was held at Dar Al Nadwa Theater. The concert attracted a full house, including parents and community members eager to witness a concert three years in the making.
Ten-year-old Noor Nael from the West Bank proclaimed: “I am so happy to have gotten the chance to perform with children in Gaza and in neighbouring countries. I definitely want to continue singing.”
Choirs performed a programme for their respective audiences and performed three pieces in tandem, with the help of multiple satellite feeds, including, Wein a’ Ramallah, a popular Palestinian folkloric song. Giving a brilliant performance, singer Sana Moussa concluded the concert to a resounding applause from the audience.
“The children felt the symbolism of unity in this concert. Students from near and far were represented and the children appreciated that. This programme has empowered the students. Their demeanor has changed, as teachers, parents and myself all observed,” said coach and choir master Joseph Doukmak.
The choir is supported by the Association Elena Rostropovich, an organization established to promote the educational and healing power of music for children living in challenging circumstances. The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and the Welfare Association also supported the event.
“Not only have the students been able to hone their talents with musical diversity and exposure, they have also become stronger individuals in the process,” added Mr. Doukmak.