A Tribute to Syria - Mariela Shaker
From Jeffrey Sudduth on September 17th, 2019
Cosponsored by World Affairs Council of Central Illinois and NPR Illinois
Mariela Shaker, who began playing the violin at age nine, will share her harrowing story of escape from Syria through inspiring words and music. Her story has an Illinois connection.
Mariela Shaker, born 1990 in Aleppo, Syria, started playing the violin after joining the Arabic Institute of Music in Aleppo (1999). Since graduating from this Institute with honors, she has continued to win accolades and awards. Mariela taught violin at the Arabic Institute for Music for five years. She earned full-tuition scholarships at Monmouth College and DePaul University. She has performed with the Mesopotamian Symphony Orchestra at the California Theater, and she gave her debut recital at the Kennedy Center on June 20, 2015 in celebration of World Refugee Day. Mariela was named a Champion of Change for World Refugees by president Obama and she was honored at the White House in 2015. In 2017 Mariela was appointed UNHCR High Profile Supporter. In 2018 Mariela got the Anne Frank Promisekeeper Award. Mariela is also the peace ambassador for the World Council of Arameans.