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A shot from Seattle Sympony's 2016 world premiere of Iranian composer Alireza Motevaseli's Fantasia.

If you're searching for an artistic light in these dark times, the Seattle Symphony is here to help. Tonight, the Symphony performs Music Beyond Borders: Voices From the Seven. The program features orchestral works by composers from the seven countries included in POTUS's Muslim ban executive order: Rahim AlHaj (Iraq), Kinan Azmeh (Syria), Alireza Motevaseli (Iran), Ali Osman (Sudan), Gity Razaz (Iran), a Somali dance song, plus "America the Beautiful."

All the tickets for the free event have already been claimed, but there will be a live stream of the concert starting at 7:30pm on the Seattle Symphony's website, Facebook page, and Periscope account.

Seattle Symphony music director and conductor Ludovic Morlot:

"Our musicians and I are passionate about using our art form to create connections with others and celebrate the diversity of our community. Many of our musicians are immigrants themselves, so when they suggested we create a concert like this, we enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to bring the universal power of music to speak across boundaries and borders."

Seattle Symphony president and CEO Simon Woods:

"During the past week, I’ve seen the arts community around the U.S. coming together in meaningful ways following the recent executive order restricting travel and immigration from certain countries. At the Seattle Symphony, inclusivity is a core value. We feel inspired to add our voice, with the hope that we can bring our community together to celebrate the freedom of expression and open exchange of ideas which the arts have always stood for, especially in times of division and conflict."

Music Beyond Borders: Voices From the Seven
Feb 8 at 7:30, Benaroya Hall, Sold Out (Streaming online)

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