Star of the East: An Homage to Umm Kulthum

The Middle East Institute’s Arts and Culture Program and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington are pleased to invite you to a program honoring Egyptian singerUmm Kulthum. This program is made possible by a grant from the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation.
Considered to be one of the greatest and most influential Arab singers of the 20th century, Umm Kulthum’s music transcended geographical and political boundaries, and to this day she is revered as an icon across the Arab world.
The program will feature Palestinian composer and singer Huda Asfour, and Syrian soprano Lubana Al Quntar performing from Umm Kulthum’s repertoire. They will
also join Laura Lohman, author of the book Umm Kulthum: Artistic Agency and the Shaping of an Arab Legend (California State University, Fullerton), and Hazami Sayed(Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Philadelphia), for a discussion about the social and political context in which Umm Kulthum rose to fame and how she became the “Diva of Arabic Song.”  MEI’s Lyne Sneige will moderate.
This program is presented as part of the exhibition, She Who Tells A Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World, running until July 31st at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Special tours of the exhibition will be offered in Arabic and Farsi, prior to the program starting at 2 p.m.