PORTLAND — Portland Ovations will present Voices of Afghanistan, a traditional musical ensemble showcasing some of the finest musicians from Central Asia and Afghanistan at Hannaford Hall, University of Southern Maine Portland campus in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16.

Voices of Afghanistan is comprised of legendary Afghan songstress Ustad Farida Mahwash and skilled musicians playing the tabla; harmonium; tula; and the rubab, an Afghan lute, played by rubab virtuoso and artistic director Homayoun Sakhi. Specializing in both traditional music of Afghanistan, its neighboring lands, and in bold contemporary works, a performance by Voices of Afghanistan is truly a journey through time and space, reprising the glories of the Afghan past, and reaching all the way to its increasingly global contemporary life and expression.

On their inaugural tour,

has created an acoustically rich repertoire that explores the interconnections between sacred and secular, traditional and contemporary, and the seeker and the sought. These musicians offer their music to all as an exquisite reminder of the tenacious presence of love that no war can ever crush.

Tickets are $29 for Ovations’ members, $32 for the general public, and a limited amount of $10 student tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, visit www.portlandovations.org, contact PortTIX at 207-842-0800 or visit the box office window at Merrill Auditorium 20 Myrtle Street.


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