Mesopotamian Night Debuts in Chicago by Atorina Zomaya, Mesopotamian Night Chicago. April 07, 2014.
Mesopotamian Night will debut in Chicago, after making its name in California. Artists from all over the world will take the stage and lead the audience through a wondrous journey, mapped by songs, traditional dance, and unique storytelling. Known once as “the land between two rivers,” Mesopotamia’s influence has lived on. Mesopotamian Night gives individuals the opportunity to experience one of the world’s oldest cultures in a way that is both thrilling and thought-provoking. The night will celebrate the magnificent traditions of the Assyrian people, preserving the rich history for generations to come.
The Lyres of Ur are the oldest surviving string instruments, excavated nearly a century ago from what is considered the cradle of civilization. Intricately-crafted, the lyres are not only instruments, but works of art. Each piece has its own unique design, decorated with the head of a bull. They are adorned with gold, rare stones, and detailed with color. The lyres, though simple instruments, tell the story of an ancient world and an unrivaled past.
6,000 years of Mesopotamian history has left an endless trail of culture inspired by music, myths, and legendary tales. Follow it as these stories come to life in one night, weaving together a love of art and literature with exquisite performances.
The production will explore the glorious heritage and the ways it has evolved in the modern age. Festivities will begin with a cocktail reception, including a silent auction, followed immediately by the concert. The performances feature internationally-renowned vocal artists accompanied by a chamber orchestra, blending together the old and the new. A distinguished Chicago-based ballet company will deliver a riveting performance that captures the spirit that has defined the Assyrians for centuries. A charming operetta will give the night a look at traditional Assyrian customs. Audiences can also expect colorful folk dances throughout the evening.
Since its establishment in 2007, Mesopotamian Night has enchanted audiences. The mission of the concert is to celebrate the Assyrian arts, promote the rich culture of Assyrian-Americans, and to preserve the legacy of the Assyrians in the homeland for future generations. The organization is entirely non-for-profit, with all proceeds benefiting the Assyrian Aid Society of America’s Save the Language Project and local Chicago charities that will be announced over the course of the upcoming months.
Mesopotamian Night is one-night only. For more information and to stay up-to-date, visit mesonight.org.
North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Center Theatre 9501 Skokie Blvd Skokie, Illinois 60077 USA Box Office (847) 673-6300 Admin Office (847) 679-9501
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\ã-'sir-é-ä\ n (1998)
1: an ancient empire of Ashur
2: a democratic state in Bet-Nahren, Assyria (northern
Iraq, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and eastern Syria.)
a democratic state that fosters the social and political rights to all of
its inhabitants irrespective of their religion, race, or gender
4: a democratic state that believes in the freedom of
religion, conscience, language, education and culture in faithfulness to the
principles of the United Nations Charter —
Ethnicity, Religion, Language
Israeli, Jewish, Hebrew
Assyrian, Christian, Aramaic
Saudi Arabian, Muslim, Arabic
\ã-'sir-é-an\ adj or n (1998)
1: descendants of the ancient empire of Ashur
2: the Assyrians, although representing but one single
nation as the direct heirs of the ancient Assyrian Empire, are now
doctrinally divided, inter sese, into five principle
ecclesiastically designated religious sects with their corresponding
hierarchies and distinct church governments, namely, Church of the
East, Chaldean, Maronite, Syriac Orthodox and Syriac Catholic.
These formal divisions had their origin in the 5th century of the
Christian Era. No one can coherently understand the Assyrians
as a whole until he can distinguish that which is religion or church
from that which is nation -- a matter which is particularly
difficult for the people from the western world to understand; for
in the East, by force of circumstances beyond their control,
religion has been made, from time immemorial, virtually into a
criterion of nationality.
the Assyrians have been referred to as Aramaean, Aramaye, Ashuraya,
Ashureen, Ashuri, Ashuroyo, Assyrio-Chaldean, Aturaya, Chaldean,
Chaldo, ChaldoAssyrian, ChaldoAssyrio, Jacobite, Kaldany, Kaldu,
Kasdu, Malabar, Maronite, Maronaya, Nestorian, Nestornaye, Oromoye,
Suraya, Syriac, Syrian, Syriani, Suryoye, Suryoyo and Telkeffee. —
1: a Semitic language which became the lingua franca of
the Middle East during the ancient Assyrian empire.
2: has been referred to as Neo-Aramaic, Neo-Syriac, Classical
Syriac, Syriac, Suryoyo, Swadaya and Turoyo.