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Music Beyond Borders: Voices From The Seven is a free concert being held tonight in Seattle that will feature music from the seven countries currently under a travel ban.

The event does, however, require reservations in advance. The venue says that patrons are free to arrive fifteen minutes before the performance to try and snag a seat if there is a no-show. The concert will also be live streamed from Benaroya Hall via the event’s Facebook page.

The performance, which will be played by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, will feature music from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

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Syrian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh is just one of the performers included in the program who was not born in America. In fact, one quarter of the orchestra is made up of immigrants, according to The Stranger.

“As artists and Americans, we are committed to freedom of expression and the open exchange of ideas, which create an environment of mutual understanding and the capacity for empathy,” says the orchestra’s Facebook page.

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