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Symphony by Malek Jandali '97 Premieres at Baltimore Orchestra

imageMalek Jandeli '97
07/31/17 -  

Queens alumnus Malek Jandali '97 has had his recently composed "The Silent Ocean" piece performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

"The Silent Ocean" is a symphonic poem that captures the story of a little girl who escapes her war-torn home in Aleppo, Syria, on a small boat. The girl has nothing but recalls a bedtime melody sung to her by her grandfather. Jandeli is a Syrian-American, and uses his work to integrate Syrian culture alongside a call for activism to help Syrian children.

Both The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post wrote about Jandeli and his seventeen-minute piece. The Post praised the performance, stating, it "found a rapt audience at its world premiere."

Jandeli told The Baltimore Sun: "It is my duty to keep the music of Syria alive, to preserve and protect my culture at the same moment it is being eradicated...But I hope audiences will realize the power of music to be a beacon of hope. Being human is something we are given; keeping our humanity is a choice."

His mentor, Paul Nitsch, professor of music and artist-in-residence at Queens, noted, "For any composer to get a performance by a major American orchestra is a huge thing... Marin Alsop, the conductor, is one of the world's most respected and innovative conductors, plus, in very much a male environment, that she is female is also quite noteworthy."

During his time at Queens while studying under Nitsch, Jandali received the Outstanding Musical Performer award from the university in 1997. He was also named a 2015 Great Immigrant - The Pride of America by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. 

Learn more about Malek Jandali, his music and his accomplishments by visiting his website.

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