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May 26, 2009 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Symphony Orchestra will present “Middle East Meets West,” starting at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 29, at the St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church, 1627 Jamacha Way in El Cajon. Special guest artist will be Luay Yousif, violinist. Yousif, born in Baghadad in 1979, has performed with the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He has lived in the U.S. since 2007, and is currently the director of music for St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church.

Selections will include “Romance No. 2 in F” by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), “Symphony No. 2” by Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978), a Soviet-Armenian composer, and “Al-Pasha” by Raed George, an Iraqi composer and singer. George’s “Al-Pasha” was the 2008 winner of the Gold Medal from Alsharqiya Television Channel, one of the main Iraqi TV channels that perform Arabic and Iraqi dramas.

In addition, the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra, along with Yousif, will perform the world premier of “Mayra,” a work based on Psalm 114 and composed by Sarhad Yawsip Hermiz Jammo, Bishop of the St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church. Vocalist Kerrie Caldwell, soprano, and Stephanie Johnson, mezzo-soprano, will sing in Aramaic.

Tickets are priced at $15, $20 and $25 per person, and free for children under age 12 with a paid adult admission. For more information, phone (619) 644-7254, or visit

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