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World Music Benefit Concert for Syrian Refugees

Apr 30 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

Elston Performing Arts Center - Michigan City

Movies and Music

Concerned Citizens for Syrian Refugees


World-Music-Benefit-Concert-for-Syrian-Refugees-2017The acclaimed world-music group Surabhi will perform at a concert to benefit Syrian refugees on Sunday, April 30 at 4 pm, at the Elston Performing Arts Center, 317 Detroit Street in Michigan City. The event is sponsored by Concerned Citizens for Syrian Refugees of Northwest Indiana (CCSR) and the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees.

Surabhi’s goal is to celebrate the universal language of music and the diversity of our musical roots. Based in Chicago, the group offers the music and dance of India, the Middle East, China, Spain, and Senegal transformed into a lush soundscape: flamenco and Afro rhythms woven into the rich sounds of Indian classical ragas, embellished with blues and folk melodies. The ensemble offers the audience the opportunity to see and hear instruments rarely heard: the veena, which is a precursor to the sitar (best known from the work of Ravi Shankar), and the oudh, an ancient instrument from which the lute and mandolin evolved. The ensemble is led by Indian veena artist Saraswathy Ranganathan, who among other accomplishments, appeared in an off-Broadway production of The Jungle Book. Other instruments include Spanish guitar, with Carlos Basile from the group Las Guitarras d”Espagne, various percussion instruments, and cello, played by Syrian-born cellist Kinan Abou-afach. The program also features dancers from India and Peru, with colorful costumes and exquisite choreography. The program promises an eye-popping and ear-opening adventure, a sonic tour of the world.

All proceeds from the concert will go to help Syrian refugees who are living in desperate conditions in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. “This is the largest refugee crisis since World War II,” says CCSR Chair Jeanette Neagu. “Some thirteen million persons, displaced by a civil war that began in 2011, are in need of basic assistance – housing, food, medical care, and schooling for the children.”

In 2015 a group of LaPorte County residents formed CCSR to address this issue. CCSR is now affiliated with the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (, a national nonprofit which encompasses eighty-two faith-based and secular organizations representing Christians, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and Buddhists. The Multifaith Alliance addresses the Syrian refugee crisis by raising public awareness and raising funds for humanitarian aid.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 219-851-7586. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission, and $10 for students. Online tickets are available at Tickets can also be ordered by check, made out to “MFA – Tides Center” and mailed to CCSR, P.O. Box 8573, Michigan City, IN 46361. They will also be available at the door.

Interested persons who wish to support the cause but are unable to attend the concert are encouraged to make a donation to the Multifaith Alliance, at the above address.


Elston Performing Arts Center

317 Detroit St


Michigan City


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