Iraqi Composer Collaborates with Orchestra

Composer Ameen Mokdad (top center) joins Orchestra rehearsal on February 4. 

The Loomis Chaffee Orchestra recently performed "Fear," a composition arranged specifically for the ensemble by its Iraqi composer, Ameen Mokdad, who worked with the student musicians during a rehearsal this winter.

The piece is from the emotionally powerful repertoire Mr. Mokdad wrote while in hiding from ISIS for two-years in Mosel, Iraq.

The composer joined the Orchestra via Zoom videoconference from Turkey on February 4. The students later performed the composition, which was recorded and edited into a video performance by Loomis Chaffee Orchestra Director Netta Hadari.

Connect to view the performance video of "Fear."

According to Netta, Mr. Mokdad’s work evokes feelings of isolation and separation, to which students can relate after having endured the last year of social distancing and remote learning necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the Orchestra’s performance of Mr. Mokdad’s work reflects the emphasis that the school places on making connections with others and engaging with the world across the curricula. 

Collaborating with Mr. Mokdad reinforced the idea that “through music and art we grow our humanity,” Netta reflected.

The school community was introduced to Mr. Mokdad’s work in January 2020 when guest musicians Cuatro Puntos performed his composition “The Curve” in the Hubbard Performance Hall.

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