On Sunday, March 6, the Dietrich Bonhoeffer House in Oderberg was full of people – in the hall, in the corridors, in the adjoining rooms and even on the stairs sitting – a special event not want to miss – the concert of the Syrian virtuoso Farhan Sabbagh. More than 200 visitors were impressed and enjoyed the sounds of the Arabic lute and donated abundant applause.
Half of the visitors were Syrian refugees who have found in our region a place to stay. They came from Wandlitz, Angermünde, Freienwalde, Eberswalde and Oderberg to experience their compatriot live. The host evangelical pastor John Reimer and spokeswoman of the Oderberger welcome initiative Almut Berg welcomed the visitors and the artist Farhan Sabbagh warmly. The musician took the opportunity to tell his pieces himself in Arabic and German. He ran on in his performance to inspiring top form, whereby in addition to the Arabic lute (Oud or Ud) frame drums were utilized, on which he was accompanied by his son Amir Sabbagh and his student Christoph Hummel.
Among the audience from far and near was a happy atmosphere, which later was also transmitted to the buffet which turned out to be as sociable togetherness despite the narrowness. The buffet itself was a joint effort of the organizers and the visitors, both coffee, tea and cake as well as hummus and Arabic sweets and exotic salads were plentiful in supply, so that was taken care of for all. For many people the concert was a opportunity for an intensive exchange. A heartfelt thanks not least the organizers and the hard-working helpers.