Press Release: City of the World: A series of concerts celebrating the musical diversity of New York

This spring, the CUNY Graduate Center will present the music of three groups of immigrants who have made New York City their home: March 14, Dominican; April 19, Irish; and May 15, Middle Eastern. The concerts, which are free, begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Graduate Center’s Baisley Powell Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (at 34th Street). For further information please contact the concert office at: or 212-817-8607

The full schedule and programs include:

March 14, 2007
7:30 pm
Edilio Paredes & the Ballet Folklórico of Alianza Dominicana

The first concert explores the evolution of Dominican bachata in New York City. Edilio Paredes is the most influential figure in its creation. His lead guitar recordings have shaped the genre, distinguishing it from Cuban bolero, out of which it emerged. The Conjunto Folklórico represents the future of Dominican musical culture in our city, fostered by the Alianza Dominicana, who are dedicated to passing on the dance forms of the Dominican Republic to the next generation.

April 19, 2007
7:30 pm
Passing it On: Teachers and Students of Irish Traditional Music

This concert will feature the next generation of New York’s Irish American community, playing tunes passed down for generations. Four of the region’s most accomplished teachers will be joined by their top students in sharing tunes and stories: fiddle player Brian Conway and his sister Rose Flanagan, known for their stewardship of a style of playing traceable back to Ireland's County Sligo; award-winning accordionist Patty Furlong;and pianist/flute player Brendan Dolan.

May 15, 2007
7:30 pm
The Bassam Saba Ensemble

The final concert looks to the future of music in our city with the original compositions of world renowned instrumentalist, conductor, and composer Bassam Saba. Equally at home with Arabic and Western music, he is considered one of the outstanding ney players in the world, as well as being in demand as a Western classical flutist. A passionate, worldly, and multi-faceted musician, Mr. Saba composes what could be considered life stories.

The concerts are presented with the generous support of The Baisley Powell Elebash Endowment.  The Graduate Center is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns.  Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, the Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events.  Further information on the Graduate Center and its programs can be found at

Submitted on: MAR 1, 2007

Category: Press Room