Farah Siraj to Perform at Stephenson Memorial Concert


Farah Siraj

Farah Siraj
(Photo: Ann Blake)

Farah Siraj will perform World Peace Music, a fusion of flamenco, jazz, Bossa nova, pop and Middle Eastern music at Berea College’s Stephenson Memorial concert on Thursday Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel.

Siraj, born in Amman, Jordan and considered a Middle Eastern prodigy, earned a degree in music from Berkeley College of Music in Boston. Named Jordan’s “Musical Ambassadress” in recognition of her musical ability, her career has spanned across Europe, the Middle East, South America and the United States. Siraj has performed at various prestigious platforms around the world for notable people including King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Siraj uses her music to promote peace and give a voice to those who would otherwise go unheard. She brings awareness of the negative consequences associated with war and violence, while advocating for the rights of women, refugees and animals.

The convocation events, which are provided free to both the campus and public communities, are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College. Visit the Convocations website for the schedule of all convocations this academic year.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.