Merit Ariane Stephanos sung chants from the Egyptian Coptic tradition, in a pliant, graceful voice … As the evening wore on the overlappings between the East and West traditions grew bolder, until eventually we heard an entire piece of Western polyphony from all six voices, with the three Arab voices floating ecstatically on top. The sheer sound was dizzying, and the metaphor it offered of things long-separated coming back together was moving too.


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