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A concert and a gala performance will grace Notre Dame University's Issam Fares Hall Friday Saturday. Solo piano and vocalists, a vocal ensemble, guitar orchestra and festival youth orchestra will perform a range of work, including pieces by some of the region's promising young composers. The shows will mark the grand finale of the ninth edition of YES Academy – a 14-day program of workshops and concerts hosted annually by the Zouk Mosbeh university – with the goal of showcasing what the academy's students have achieved.This year's concerts will include a group from Aleppo, whom Ferguson believes have benefited greatly from two weeks away from Syria's strife and the opportunity to focus on their music.The two weeks of training preceding these concerts were overseen by the academy's 15 faculty members, all hailing from U.S. universities, orchestras and cultural institutions, and working in partnership with American Voices, a cross-cultural music-promoting nonprofit.In 2018 the YES Academy will be returning to Lebanon with another full program, hoping to expand further and look into programs to set up singer/songwriters, from the business skills angle.
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