From the show’s producers: “The Assyrian Aid Society of America (AAS-A) presents the Seventh Annual Mesopotamian Night event. This event has become the primary medium for advancing and promoting the Assyrian arts and culture including music, sculpture, painting and dance.
“This year’s program is comprised of two acts. Act One is a ballet theatre presentation of The Little Lantern, based on a popular children’s book written by Ghassan Kanafani. The libretto and exquisite choreography has been created by Assyrian ballerina Sherene Melania with enchanting musical composition and arrangement by Assyrian composer George Somi.
“Act Two features music from the repertoire of Assyrian composer Alexander Shoora Michaelian performed by Mesopotamia choir and symphony orchestra conducted by Maestro John Kendall Bailey, followed by the music of Assyrian singer Ogin Betsamo and his original numbers.
“We will also be honoring two great Assyrians for their extraordinary contribution to Assyrian Arts. Our first honoree is Mr. Shoora Michaelian for his contribution to Assyrian music for over seven decades. We will also be honoring Mr. Fred Parhad for his exceptional contribution in promoting the Assyrian heritage through his work in the field of art and sculpture.
“Tickets for this year’s event can be purchased directly at the theatre box office (408) 792-4111, M-F 9am-5pm or the Mesopotamian Night website at http://www.mesopotamiannight.org. You may also purchase tickets without a service fee directly from AAS-A by contacting Sabrina Abraham at (408) 921-2401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“In the Mesopotamian Night gala tradition, the silent and live auctions will offer an impressive gallery of art works by Assyrian artists.
“Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvre prior to the performance at 5pm. The performances will start promptly at 7pm.”