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Lexington Community Education to present cultural concert

Lexington Community Education will present a concert featuring author Sandy Tolan and the Dal’ouna Ensmble, led by Ramzi Aburedwan, at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Waldorf School, 739 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington.

The show tells the story of Aburedwan’s life growing up in an occupied Palestinian refugee camp and his transformation from a stone throwing youth, to a talented musician studying at the Edward Said Palestine National Academy of Music, and his return to Palestine to realize his life’s dream of founding a music school, Al-Kamandjati, which has centers in Gaza, the West Bank and Lebanon. Aburedwan views Al-Kamandjati as a combination of safe haven, creative resistance and trauma therapy for the least fortunate Palestinian children.

The Children of the Stone/Dal’ouna concert and book tour celebrates Palestinian musician and educator Aburedwan and his belief in the power of music and culture to transform lives. Corresponding with the paperback release of “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land,” by Tolan, the concert will feature the music of Aburedwan and his Arabic-French Dal’Ouna Ensemble intertwined with excerpts from the book, read by the author.

Tolan is author of “The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, Heart of the Middle East,” and his new book, “Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land.” He has reported from more than 35 countries, written for more than 40 newspapers and magazines and produced hundreds of documentaries and features for NPR and Public Radio International. Currently he is associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

The event costs $10. Registration strongly recommended. To register using a VISA or MasterCard, call 781-862-8043.