New York Arab Orchestra (NYAO) aims to perform and preserve the orchestral sounds of Arabic and North African Music through recordings, live Performances in some of the most prestigious venues throughout the United States, and Canada, with aspirations for worldwide concerts. In the past, each concert’s repertoire had been curated by NYAO Founder Internationally renowned Composer, Musician, Conductor and Educator Bassam Saba, who passed in December of 2020 from Covid-19. Now in his memory, and carrying the torch and legacy Saba left, is the newly appointed Artistic Director the highly acclaimed Layth Sidiq (Iraqi-Jordanian) composer, violinist, and recording artist. Sidiq will lead both the chamber ensemble, and orchestra viewed as the leading US institution for contemporary and classical Arabic music. He says that he plans to pick up where his predecessor left off and continue to grow NYAO’s presence and the understanding of Arabic Music throughout the world. He is now joined by the renowned award-winning songwriter, pianist, music and event producer, also one of the foremost experts in recording, producing both in studio and live Arabic, Middle Eastern and North African Music production, Dawn Elder.