Press Release

Posted: October 29, 2012


One of Pakistan’s most esteemed ensembles will bring the musical art of qawwali to Lorain County Community College’s Stocker Arts Center.

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers will perform at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, November 17 at LCCC’s Stocker Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for students. Tickets can be ordered online at, or by calling the Stocker Arts Center box office at (440) 366-4040 from 12-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are also available at the box office, located in the lobby of the Stocker Arts Center. Take-a-Chance tickets are available at the box office beginning 90 minutes prior to the show as long as tickets remain. Take-a-Chance tickets are $8 and are available until curtain time.

The performance is part of a week-long residence that Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers will hold on the LCCC campus. The group will also perform a student matinee at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 15 in Stocker Arts Center. Tickets are $5 each. The show is appropriate for students in second grade and older.

With its heartbeat-like pulse, vocal fireworks and message of universal love and peace, qawwali music has found fans worldwide. The sons of Ustad Qawal Bahauddin Khansahab, the legendary maestro of the Khusrou tradition of qawwali singing, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers are direct descendants of the first qawwali choirs dating back to the 13th century.  Now the torch-bearers of more than 700 years of this mystical Sufi devotional singing tradition, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers will travel from their home in Karachi to share this magical musical experience with communities in the Midwest

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers is the third international group to perform at LCCC as part of the Arts Midwest World Fest. LCCC is the only stop in Ohio for the tour, which includes four ensembles in two years. 

An Arts Midwest initiative, the 2011-13 Arts Midwest World Fest is generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, MetLife Foundation, the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, and the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest. Arts Midwest World Fest is also generously supported by Illinois Arts Council, Indiana Arts Commission, Iowa Arts Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Minnesota State Arts Board, North Dakota Council on the Arts, Ohio Arts Council, South Dakota Arts Council, and Wisconsin Arts Board.

Locally, Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers residency is sponsored by the Beth K. Stocker Trust.

For more information about Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers, visit