. “One of the reasons we thought Malek was a compelling choice to write us a piece was due to his life story that intersects with the unfortunate situation in Syria,” says Matt Detrick, executive and artistic director of Apollo Chamber Players, which is presenting Jandali and the world premiere of his commissioned piece in Of Peace and Protest
. The concert also features a work by Iranian-American Reza Vali as well as a performance of Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8. “It will show how music and art can be used to peacefully protest war and other humanitarian things that need to be addressed,” says Detrick. There’s a pre-concert question-and-answer session at 7:30 p.m. with moderator St. John Flynn. 8 p.m. Saturday. The MATCH, 3400 Main. For information, call 832-496-9943 or visit apollochamberplayers.org
. $10 to $35.
Syrian-American composer and pianist Malek Jandali, a regular performer at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, presents his art at a price. After he performed a politically strong protest song in Washington, Jandali’s parents — who still live in the war-torn nation of Syria — were attacked, according to