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“Music in the Garden” at Queens Botanical Garden, Featuring Arabic Music and Dance Ensemble “Zikrayat” and Monet

Darcy Hector- Queens Botanical Garden
718-886-3800 ext. 330



Flushing, NY – August 19, 2013—Queens Botanical Garden announces the next performance in our “Music in the Garden” concert series.  On September 7, 2013, we are proud to host the colorful and enchanting “Zikrayat” in a special performance on our outdoor stage.  Join us on the lawn from 6:15-7:45 pm.  Bring a blanket and pack a picnic snack to enjoy on the Oak Allée during the performance.

Zikrayat is an Arabic music and dance ensemble that presents the classical music and the dance traditions of Egypt, Lebanon, and the greater Arab World, in vibrant stage productions evoking the theatrical atmosphere and dramatic depth of classic Egyptian musical cinema. This performance will feature the dancer Monet, and in honor of the Queens Botanical Garden, Zikrayat will perform several Arabic songs about flowers and nature.

Inspired by the “golden age” of Egyptian musical cinema (the 1940’s-60’s), a period during which most of the major figures in music and dance in the Arab world worked in film, Zikrayat (meaning “memories” in Arabic) researches films from this period, searching for forgotten gems not performed since this era. Zikrayat’s repertory also includes traditional and standard numbers, as well as original compositions in the style of this period, classical as well as folkloric music.

Zikrayat’s mission is to highlight the diversity of Arab culture for mainstream Western audiences in an authentic yet entertaining contemporary representation. Led by Arab violinist, vocalist and composer Sami Abu Shumays, and Egyptian-style dancer Robin “Dameshe” Shumays, Zikrayat features a talented lineup of performers of diverse backgrounds brought together by their devotion to these rich art forms.  The music is played on violin and its traditional counterpart, the rababa, as well as on other instruments such as the oud (fretless lute), buzuk (fretted lute similar to bouzouki), nay (cane flute), and percussion.

Astoria Federal Savings is the lead sponsor of the Music in the Garden series, with additional support from Green Mountain Energy.    

Admission to the concert is included in the entry fee to the Garden ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 for students and children 3-12, free for QBG members.)  Inquiries may be directed to (718) 886-3800, ext. 330 or

Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship. Located at 43-50 Main Street in Flushing, Queens Botanical Garden is easily accessible by car, train, or bus. For travel directions and more information visit or call (718) 886-3800. Queens Botanical Garden is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.



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