Local refugee performs with Levitt Amp headliner

Imad Al Taha and his family fled Iraq after their home was bombed because his music was deemed offensive.

Posted: Jul. 16, 2018 10:59 PM

UTICA, NY – The sound of music from the Levitt Amp Concert Series once again filled Kopernik Park in Utica.

Monday’s headliner was a band from Canada called Sultans of String, and they were joined on stage by a very special guest.

Imad Al Taha is a political refugee from Iraq who now lives in Utica. He’s a renowned violinist that once played his music under threat of execution from Saddam Hussein.

He and his family fled Iraq after their home was bombed because his music was deemed offensive.

Sultans of String lead singer Chris McKhool says it’s a privilege to be performing with Al Taha.

“It’s a particular time in history right now. There are more displaced people than at any other time in recorded history. So it’s a good chance to reflect on what’s happening in the world, and also celebrate the successes of those who do travel to North America and bring their extraordinary talents with them. In this case music.”

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