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Simon Shaheen brings Arab-Western fusion on oud and violin to Tacoma’s Theatre on the Square

Tacoma’s being treated to a wealth of Arabic music lately, as international oud and violin player Simon Shaheen – who recently played an Old Town Tuesday concert as well as school visits – returns for a concert Friday at Theatre on the Square.

Shaheen, called one of the most significant Arab musicians of his generation, is a virtuoso on both the lute-like oud and the violin, bridging Western classical, jazz and traditional Arabic music with both “mesmerizing frenzy” and “quiet tenderness,” according to ARAMCO World Magazine.

A Palestinian born in the Galilee area, Shaheen grew up playing both instruments,

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