The people of Marinette and Menominee anxiously await the upcoming World Fest concert to be performed by Farah Siraj who represents the country of Jordan with her unique style of Arabic Flamenco Jazz. She will perform a free community-wide concert on Saturday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Theatre on the Bay, on the campus of UWGB–Marinette.
According to her biography, Siraj has been named Jordan’s Musical Ambassadress. She is a virtuoso who has toured all over the world and performed on some of the most prestigious platforms spreading the message of peace through her music. Her aesthetic fuses influence from Arabic music, flamenco, jazz, bossa, and pop. Siraj approaches music as a medium for peace and a way to amplify the voices of people around the world who need to be heard.
A program of Arts Midwest, World Fest connects Midwestern communities to international musicians to foster an understanding and appreciation of our global uniqueness and differences. The concert is free, but space is limited; therefore, tickets are required for entrance. Concert doors open at 5:00 p.m. and seats are reserved for those with tickets. People can pick up tickets at any office of The Stephenson National Bank & Trust (SNBT), Main Street Antique Mall, and Theatre on the Bay.
During her visit in February, Siraj will provide workshops for students from surrounding schools, featuring her distinctive musical style that blends music from around the world with percussion and stunning vocal arrangements.
“This series has received overwhelming support, and every artist has been welcomed with appreciation and encouragement,” said Kim Brooks, local event organizer. “We are excited to have such high caliber talent such as Farah Siraj. Seeing this type of world-class musician is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
SNBT is the title sponsor among a generous group of businesses and individuals. SNBT has always been synonymous with supporting the communities in many ways, from encouraging staff volunteerism, to making charitable donations, and now the list also includes international music appreciation.
Sponsors include: Provident Health Foundation, M&M Area Community Foundation, Riverfront Inn, Rusty Wolfe Studios, The Print Shop, and many other local donors.
World Fest is a project of Arts Midwest and is sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts and the Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies that brings six international ensembles to communities in Midwestern states. Marinette/Menominee has been selected as the city in Wisconsin to receive this incredible opportunity through spring 2025. To learn more about the three-year World Fest residency and find information on subsequent concerts, visit the World Fest Marinette/Menominee Facebook Page by searching @worldfestmm.