"A Night in the Courtyard," featuring Armenian-Syrian violinist Tamara Khachatryan, begins with a 6:30 p.m. meet-the-musician reception and 7 p.m. concert on Thursday at the YWCA, 525 N. Bonita Ave.
Khachatryan is a classically trained concert violinist and music educator. When conflict escalated in Syria, Khachatryan escaped to Lebanon and eventually the United States, where she is requesting asylum with her husband, Fadi Iskandar, and their young daughter. The family arrived in Arizona six months ago and hopes to make Tucson its permanent home.
Khachatryan will perform classical and popular musical selections in several genres, including Irish folk songs and modern jazz. Her husband will accompany her in several selections.
Dishes & Stories, a women's culinary enterprise, will provide "locally sourced, globally inspired" appetizers and juices. Beer and wine will be available for purchase.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at ywcatucson.eventbrite.com. The event is sponsored by Iskashitaa Refugee Network and the YWCA Tucson.