A Tribute to Syria

Event Date: September 10

Reception 5:30 p.m.; Dinner 6:15 p.m.; Program 7:30 p.m.

Location: Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois at Springfield

All programs are free and open to the public. Dinners require a reservation.

Mariela Shaker strives to build understanding and nurture peace through her discourse and her music. She will inform us with her words and her music about the plight of Syrian refugees and the families that are left behind in violent war-torn Syria.

She will also describe an odyssey that begins with a harrowing escape from Aleppo, continues with obstacles surmounted to acquire her music education at Monmouth College and follows with performances at the Kennedy Center, in the White House, and for the queen of Jordan. She would like those hearing her story to reflect on their own life journey.

Born in Aleppo, Syria, in 1990, Mariela began her study of the violin at age nine. For five years, she taught violin at the Arabic Institute of Music in Aleppo, after which she furthered her musical studies in London. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Aleppo University and also from Monmouth College, which she attended on a full scholarship. Mariela Shaker has appeared as a concert soloist at engagements across the world and as a moving speaker about the refugee experience.