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  • Duo Guitar / Flute Concert at AUB
Duo Guitar / Flute Concert at AUB
  • AUB - Assembly Hall
  • Thursday - October 18, 2018
  • 08:00 PM

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event overview
IFlight at the American University of Beirut presents a Duo Guitar/ Flute Concert by International Guitar player Ayman Jarjour and Flutist Jinan Jaffal

Ayman Jarjour has performed in the Middle East, Europe, the United States, Africa, and the Far East. He gave the world premiere of Olympus (concerto for guitar and orchestra) by Evis Sammoutis and the Syrian premiere of Rodrigo’s two masterpieces Concierto de Aranjuez with the Syrian National Symphony Orchestra and Concierto Andaluz with the Syrian Philharmonic Orchestra.


Ayman’s international performances include concerts in New York, London, Edinburgh, Brussels, Beirut, Amman, Madrid, Bonn, Tunis, Khartoum, Valletta, Cairo, Alexandria, Istanbul, Basel, Prague, Budapest, and Taipei, the last attended by the Taiwanese president. He has appeared on many TV channels in concert broadcasts and interviews. In New York, he gave a concert to standing ovation at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as winner of Artists International’s Special Presentation Award.  His highly acclaimed studio recording of the program is available on CD.


Ayman holds a master of music degree from The Juilliard School in New York and a bachelor’s degree from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid. He served on the faculty of the High Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria and has lived and taught in the UK, Spain, Sudan, Belgium, and the US.


Ayman was born in Damascus, Syria and now lives in Scotland. He is involved with many charities working to help refugees and people affected by the war in Syria. His repertoire includes works with Spanish, Latin American, classical, Middle Eastern, and modern flavors. He plays an instrument made by Egyptian luthier Jean-Paul Haggar.

Jinan Jaffal, Flutist who graduated in 2015 from the Lebanese National Conservatory of Music.

Holds a diploma in music education from the Teacher School in Beirut and a diploma in Spanish language from Cervantes Institute.

Performed with the Lebanese Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oriental Orchestra, the Baroque Ensemble at the American University of Beirut, and the German Cultural Center.

Gave concerts at Pierre Abou Khater Theater, UNESCO Palace, Deir al Qamar Festival ,Salon de Musique Residence Lucien George, Mountada Sour, and performed in quartet in many schools (Lycée Francais, Lycée Abdel Kader, Collège Protestant, Saint Coeur Tripoli, among others)

Jinan played at the French ambassador’s residence with École des Arts Ghassan Yammine, and participated many times in his episode “Musical” on MTV.

In 2017, she performed with the Syrian guitarist Ayman Jarjour at the British ambassador’s residence and Hammana artist house.

She taught flute at the Armenian school Hamazkayin, École des Arts Ghassan Yammine, the Lebanese band association for the promotion of music (Baakline), and music education at the International College-Beirut and Lycée Francais -Nabatieh.

Taught music therapy in August 2017 for the UNRWA Staff in Tyr.

Participated in many workshops, including music education, choir, dance, Kodaly and Dalcroze method.

Attended a seminar in Barcelona in cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue for a Euro-Mediterranean education.

Attended many master classes with international flutist Wissam Boustany.

Current flute teacher at Collège Notre Dame de Jamhour and in public schools.

 Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PID)


1.What are PIDs?


Primary immunodeficiency  diseases are a group of more than 250 diseases where part of the bodys immune system is missing or does not function well. This will leave the body:

§      more susceptible to germs that can cause infections,


§      at the same time, it might lead to part of the immune system attacking the body (autoimmunity),

§      sometimes this might result in cancer


 2. What are the causes of PIDs?


Most primary immunodeficiency diseases are inherited. They result from a genetic defect passed on from the mother, father, or as a combination from both parents. This explains   th higher   rate   of   thes diseases   in   populations,   lik ours,   where intermarriage is common.

3. What happens with patients with PIDs?


Patients with PIDs are at risk to develop more infections, that might be more severe, complicated and sometimes persistent.

Patients with PIDs typically present with ordinary infections (like colds, ear infections,


lung and sinus infections, diarrhea, skin infections, etc…). However, in severe cases of PID, the infections become difficult to treat and usually lead to death if the child’s immune system is not corrected.

4. How frequent are PIDs in Lebanon and the region?


The global incidence of PIDs varies. In Lebanon and the Middle East, the rate is estimated to be 5‐10 times higher than other regions. In Lebanon, it is expected that

6065 Lebanese children and another 2530 Syrian children with PID are born with severe PID every year. This is almost as common as the annual number of new cases of cancer diagnosed in Lebanon. Currently, these children go to different centers and are not always evaluated by PID specialists. Many of them die before they get diagnosed.

5. What is the treatment of PIDs?


In addition to frequent use of antibiotics, the treatment of PIDs varies depending on the type of the disorder.

§     Treatment to improve the immune system: some patients with PIDs require intravenous infusions of immunoglobulin (called also antibodies or IVIG). IVIG is prepared from plasma collected from a large number of normal individuals who have been screened  to make sure they are healthy  and do not carry certain infectious diseases. This expensive medication is given monthly in the h

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