Published April 21, 2015

Violin recital

‘Remarkable talent’ of Shaker to be heard at April 24 event
Monmouth College senior Mariela Shaker of Aleppo, Syria, will present a violin recital on April 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the Dahl Chapel Auditorium. Sponsored by MC’s music department, her performance is free and open to the public.
  
The program will include two movements from the Bach Sonata No.1 in G minor, the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor, “Nigun” by Arnest Bloch and Polonaise Brilliante in D major by Henryk Wieniawski. Shaker will be accompanied by assistant professor of music Tim Pahel.
 
Shaker is the concertmaster of the Monmouth College Chamber Orchestra, which Suda directs, and a member of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra. In Syria, she taught violin at the Arabic Institute of Music in Aleppo. She is concerned deeply about the Syrian crisis and frequently participates in international Syrian conferences. She hopes that one day she can help bring peace to her native country through music.
 
“We are immensely proud of Mariela,” said MC music lecturer Carolyn Suda. “She has practiced many hours every day for the last two years to prepare this program. Austin Hall rings with the sound of her violin. This program will show her remarkable talent and musicianship.”
  
When Shaker graduates in May, she will be receiving her second bachelor’s degree. She previously studied business administration at the University of Aleppo.
  
“Mariela will continue to be an inspiration to all of our students and faculty after she leaves for the next stage in her musical career,” concluded Suda. 
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