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Building peace through the arts

World famous Karim Wasfi performs in Lansing


A variety of interfaith, intercultural and international viewpoints will be intertwined into a musical performance by two classically trained artists, Karim Wasfi and Alvin Waddles.

Wasfi, world famous for his work with the Iraqi National Symphony, knows firsthand the immense power of music. On top of a viral performance where he played his cello alone at the site of a Baghdad bomb blast, Wasfi’s performed for children that have been displaced by ISIS and will discuss his experience with “overcoming the ugliness of killings by beauty, music and creativity.”

Joining Wasfi will be Detroit composer and conductor Alvin Waddles, whose music aims to embody the message of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Music is the universal language of all mankind.”

Wasfi and Waddles' performance will be complemented by a discussion from various Lansing religious community leaders.

Free to attend

Friday, April 27, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

University Club, 3435 Forest Road, East Lansing



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