Piano concert commemorates the art exhibition “From Peoria to Lebanon”

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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) – A collaborative art project and massive fundraiser in the works for several months – On Sunday, a special piano concert was held at the Scottish Rite Theater to commemorate “From Peoria to Lebanon”.

The art exhibition is now open at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and showcases the work of many Lebanese-American artists.

The coins are auctioned and the profits are donated to the victims of the Beirut port explosion in 2020.

On Sunday evening, world renowned pianist Dr. Tony Karam performed a selection of tunes for the guests as the artists were honored for their work.

“It’s an honor for me – it’s a privilege – and above all it’s a duty for me, as an artist, to be able to give a voice to all those who cannot raise their voice there. God only knows how many there are and how much help they need, ”said filmmaker and photographer Fadia Ahmad, whose work is featured in the exhibition.

Karam spoke about the importance of community support and praised River City for its close connection to Lebanese culture – adding that there was still a lot of work to be done in the relief efforts.

“We don’t want pity. We just want people to feel with us because our nation has been ignored. And being ignored just puts you on the sidelines – the unknown is as bad as knowing that you are not going to improve. So, I hope we can change that through art, ”said Karam.

The exhibition is open until January 9 and if an art leaves a lasting impression, people can bid on the work and participate in the benefit.

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