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On May 7, the world-renowned Syrian trio Hewar will return to Chicago for a fundraising concert in support of Syrian refugee relief. Syrian percussionist Omar Al-Musfi, Chicago Symphony Orchestra violist and Evanston resident Catherine Brubaker, and a chamber orchestra of more than a dozen of Chicago’s top classical musicians will join Hewar for this one-of-a-kind musical event.

The musicians are donating their time and proceeds from the ticket sales to Save the Children. Hewar, which means dialogue in Arabic, is a trio of Syrian musicians who engage in musical conversation between Arabic music, jazz, scat and western classical melodies. The band, comprised of clarinet, oud and soprano, builds on the acclaimed individual talents of each of its members, juxtaposing and meshing traditions to create unique, genre-breaking music.

The concert will take place at 7 p.m., May 7 at the Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington. Following the concert, Jamil Khoury, the Syrian-American Founding Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising, will moderate a Q&A with the musicians.

Tickets are available online at or at the door the day of the event, beginning at 6:15 p.m.