WEDNESDAY, MAY 30 at 7:00 PM
FIRST LUTHERAN CHURCH
225 South Third Street, Rockford, IL
SPONSORED BY: Northern Illinois Synod Global Mission Committee
First Lutheran Church, Rockford
Trinity Lutheran Church, Moline
Ali Paris captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles highlighted by both technical virtuosity and emotional expression. Ali accompanies his singing with his instrument, the Qanun, a rare Middle-Eastern 76-string zither that dates back to the 14th century. Ali’s music education began at the age of 5 in his native countries of Morocco and Palestine, studying Arabic traditional music with master Simon Shaheen. He quickly became known as a child prodigy, performing great concert halls by age 9 and touring internationally by the age of 11.
Ali relocated to the United States to earn his degree at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. He has collaborated with world-renowned artists including Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, David Broza, Paco DeLucia, and Bobby McFerrin. He has received numerous international awards including the TBA Awards 2017, Artist of the Year (2006-2009), and he has played to diverse audiences from the Newport and Istanbul Jazz Festivals to the White House in Washington DC and the Royal Palace in Jordan. He has appeared as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Michigan Philharmonic, and was featured in the renowned Grammy-winning Spanish documentary “Entre2aguas”, the Hollywood movie “Noah”, and Forbes under 30 concert series. Ali has collaborated with numerous artists to benefit the work of Doctors Without Borders, Save a Child’s Heart, and Keep A Child Alive, including an album with Alejandro Sanz that has funded numerous humanitarian projects around the world. Ali tours extensively in the US, Europe, and the Middle East.
The freewill offering will be designated for Augustus Victoria Hospital in Jerusalem, which the ELCA helped to build, and is the only regional cancer center for children there. Ali has a heart for children, and asked that our gifts be sent to help these children receiving treatment.