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The Sublime Sound of Syria

By Richard Gehr, Contributor

When I saw Sabah Fakhri perform in New York City's Town Hall in 1992, I was as startled by his appearance as I was by his singing. It was as though the stunning tenor voice and phrasing of a classically trained Sinatra were emanating from the body of any random Joe — Franklin, Pesci, whomever — dressed in a business suit. But Fakhri was a true Middle Eastern star by then, and more. He represented… more »