The composer, oud virtuoso, and educator Simon Shaheen is the epicenter of Arab classical music in the United States. And while he usually appears with his Near Eastern Music Ensemble, he takes the stage here with Rima Khcheich, an astounding Lebanese singer who stands out wherever she appears. The evening offers a rare opportunity to hear duet renditions of ninth-to-15th-century music from the Muslim state of Al-Andalus, along with classics from the 1930s to ’50s, the golden age of Arab film composers and singers such as Mohammed Abdel Wahab, Farid Al-Atrash, and Wadih el-Safi. The concert is part of “Music from the Mediterranean to Asia,” an excellent series by World Music Institute founder Robert Browning’s new production company.
Sat., March 1, 8 p.m., 2014